Book Review: The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward

No, I am not a conspiracy nut. Yes, I may or may not have been highly amused by this book. And yes, this book was certainly research for a book I’m writing and definitely not me believing in this stuff.

Okay, so I feel as if this book needs a little bit of background information before I get into the review. So, during the 19th century there was this theory which arose among scientific circles in Europe, this theory that there had once been a continent in the center of the Pacific Ocean. Several writers wrote books about in in the late 1800s (including French author Augustus Le Plongeon), but none became as successful as this book. Published first in 1926, it is a non-fiction book arguing for the existence of this lost continent, termed Mu (as well as Lemuria). So, now that the historical basis is out of the way, let’s get into my review.

Release: 1926

Synopsis: (from Goodreads—because there is no way I can summarize this mess) “Mu was an immense continent covering nearly one-half of the Pacific Ocean. When she sank during volcanic destruction, fifty million square miles of water claimed her place. This vast continent and culture was the center of civilization some 25,000 years ago. This is the story of Churchward’s search for the lost continent, from the vaults of an Indian temple to the four corners of the world.”

Review

Even if you don’t believe in this theory, as I am inclined to, this makes for a fascinating book. It is clear that Churchward has done numerous years of research, even if his theory never quite seems able to hold water. The book spends most of its time examining how other ancient civilizations prove Mu’s existence. Some of his reasoning makes sense (like the remnants of South Pacific ancient civilizations) while some of his ideas seem a bit of a reach (like the fact that most ancient civilizations used imagery of the sun, which proved that they were connected to Mu…I mean, really?)

I’m doing quite a lot of research outside of this book, so I feel as if it’s easy to read this book and simply believe Churchward, as his conviction is immense. However, many of his sources have been disproven. For example, he translated a bunch of ancient Mayan texts, which seemed to talk about the “Motherland” of Mu, but all these have been proven to be mistranslations. He also claimed to have discovered a bunch of tablets in India, written in the language of the Mu people, which he translated, but he was never able to produce these tablets afterwards.

I personally love reading about crazy theories. I don’t believe them, certainly, but they make for great inspirations for my novels. And I’m not the only one. There are numerous fantasy novels based on this theory, which I may eventually get around to reading.

As it is, I consider Mu to be the Atlantis of the Pacific. Is it possible? Perhaps. Do I believe Churchward’s theory of it? Probably not. There are far too many holes in his argument to take it really that serious.

However, I would recommend it if you are into conspiracy theories and are interested in the theory of Atlantis. It’s really fascinating when he gives examples of Ancient Mayan drawings. It gives a history of the world just as much as it does of Mu itself. It can get a bit tedious reading at points, but most of it was highly fascinating. Just believe at your own risk!

Have you heard of this theory? Read any book about it? Do you like books about legendary worlds like Atlantis? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward

  1. Mu is the Atlantis of the Pacific? Or is Atlantis the Mu of the Atlantic? Either way I do love these theories, because true or not they are fine grist for the mills of those imaginations that enjoy producing and consuming fantastic tales. Atlantis inspired Tolkien’s Numenor. The Hollow Earth theory inspired Verne, Burroughs and a handful of others to spin some fabulous yarns of high adventure in exotic worlds-within-worlds. Today, theories of black holes, dark matter and the multiverse (theories which I believe will eventually be discarded alongside hollow earth, Lemuria, Atlantis et al…) are the basis for some great sci-fi.

    MU-cho luck with your project!

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  2. I’ve never heard of this! How interesting, it does seem like the Atlantis of the Pacific. It seems like this kind of thing would be easy to study objectively nowadays, like looking at plate tectonics and sending drones to the ocean floor.

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