In 1920, the British-horn Churchward came out with his first in a series of five hooks, The Lost Continent of Mu, prefaced by an admonition to "all scientists" to please copy for future reference. important points of pre-history and anthropology he had compiled through more than 50 years of research and exploration throughout Asia and the South Sea:
The oldest records of mankind are right here in our own country, which was one of Mu’s first colonies ... Records in Tibet over 70,000 years old, show communication with South America, as well as with China.
Whether Churchward intended to prime the pump for mega-controversy, or whether he simply conveyed his findings, oblivious to any repercussion-factor, didn’t matter.
The names Lemuria and Mu have been used interchangeably for the lost continent, although Churchward calls it Mu exclusively.
The fact that Mu is a diminutive of Lemuria seems more than coincidental. Psychic Edgar Cayce, in his trance readings on Lemuria in the 1930s, refers to it as "Muri, or Lemuria," as well as "La-Mu," "Mu" and "Zu." It is called "Ra-Mu" in the Lhasa Records, 4.000-year-old Tibetan texts written in Chaldean, discovered by Paul Schliemann (grandson of Heinrich, who unearthed Troy) in a Buddhist temple.
Churchward stated that the Cascade volcanic mountain chain was "quiescent, dormant, but not extinct."
Linking earthquake and volcanic activity by a common denominator - gas-belt lines connecting two areas - may seem a stretch, but Churchward cites examples:
Discoveries of non-biological methane gas were made in 1981 by the research ship Melville in water samples collected above a crest of the East Pacific Rise, suggesting that the gas is released when major earthquakes open "escape channels" to the surface.
Perhaps Griffith (herein referred to as "P.T."), having known Churchward since childhood, was the only person who really knew this genius author, inventor, artist, engineer, geologist, expert angler, psychic, and 33rd degree Mason.
At P.T.’s family townhouse in 1885, James met Augustus Le Plongeon and his bride Alice, just back from 12 years exploring the Yucatan. During the 1870s, James had traveled to Ponape, New Zealand and the South Seas with his cousin, William Churchward (British Consul to Samoa), and had joined an expedition to Llakoff Island and Eastern Asia (discussed in the second Cosmic Forces book).
By the turn of the century, James Churchward started dabbling in metal alloys, spurred on by brother Albert, a metallurgist and author of Origin & Evolution of Freemasonry. What was in demand seemed impossible: a recipe for a fine steel to make armor plate for warships. Various combinations had been tried by experts: steel, nickel, chromium. vanadium, carbon and manganese.
Churchward was ridiculed, then cheated out of his government contract while another steel company (or more) infringed his patent and sold his steel, highly diluted, to the War and Navy departments for double! Then, he was dragged through court procedures and made to prove he was expert enough to have invented NCV Steel, and describe the steps (mandatory in establishing grounds for a patent). Could he reveal his primary source for his knowledge?
"What determines the soundness of a hypothesis is not the way it is arrived at ... but the way it stands up when confronted with relevant observational data,"
But the Colonel had over a quarter million (equivalent to about 28 million millennium bucks), and by 1922 had re-embarked on his original pursuit, Mu. Both the Le Plongeons had died, and the issue of Mu versus Atlantis hadn’t been settled! Every record, inscription, legend or artifact that the French explorer saw as proof of an Atlantean colonization of Yucatan, Mexico and South America, Churchward could translate into a sign of influx from the west.
But recently, many geologists and explorers have been quietly examining the evidence and have published their logical conclusions.
As far back as 1933, soundings of the Pacific by Capt. Claude Banks Mayo of the U.S. Navy, show that there is,
Catastrophism, an explanation conservative scientists have found unsavory, still is implied by such examples as the Berezovka mammoth, discovered in 1901 quick-frozen in Siberia, its stomach contents revealing partly digested buttercups and other temperate zone plants no longer native to that area.
An area of "enormous numbers of sunken islands," suggesting a lost continent, was discovered in the west portion of the Indian Ocean close to the shores of Africa by the vessel Vityaz (Knight Errant) which explored for seven months in the Indian Ocean between Asia, Africa and Australia during 1961, as a continuation of the International Geophysical Year.
Strange writing was carved on the columns and nearby, sonar detected strange lumps on the otherwise level bottom, indicative of possible building ruins. Menzies, from the research ship Anton Bruun, stated that the find suggested evidence of a sunken city, as reported in the New York Times, April 17, 1966.
Back in 1947, J. H. Umbgrove, in Pulse of the Earth, had already ascertained that the deep trench off part of the Andean coast of S. America (presumably Milne-Edward) and at least one other deep submarine trench, show evidence of once being part of a continent.
At the time of Colonel Churchward’s death, he had been collecting research notes for a sixth book, Traces of Mu in America.
Prophecy figures in flood legends, as well: an ancient Coptic Papyrus indicates,
It is logical that most records and traditions refer to the most recent flood or destruction; inscripted histories of extreme antiquity were doubtless destroyed with the next set of earth changes, down the line. Civilization has a way of starting new calendars, new histories, at the dawn of each era following destructions, with welcome forgetfulness. In almost all cultures, incoming rulers have efficiently erased all traces of the former oligarchy.
The Ice Age, or Glacier Period, in which we believe unquestionably, could be re-examined to a different conclusion if we ask the question that Churchward did in 1927:
At another site, the Peruvian temple of El Fuerte (below images - dated by archaeologist Albert Meijer as Pre-Incan), sandstone forming the mountain (temple) contains many fossilized remains of marine life, indicating it was once below sea level.
Records there are, with more coming to light every day. And we are finding new ones that corroborate old ones, so that there are phalanxes of proofs, linked tip like little soldiers, ready to trounce any would-be detractors.
Although Abbe Brasseur de Bourbottrg, arriving in Mexico in 1845, was the first to undertake translation of the Troano Mss. and its other half, the Codex Tro-Cortesianus, he was no amateur. A French scholar, he studied Mayan from the few natives who still knew it, pored over official records, and learned Nahuatl. The translations of Bishop Landa were not his whole basis.
Churchward had two important locations he divulged to P.T.: Chichen Itza and "Chinyinez" (the latter as near to what I can remember phonetically). The latter has never been located, and may be on ancient maps, but he never elaborated on it.
According to the Mahikari teachings of Japan,
Evidence is now empirical, from many sources, that Jesus’ "lost years" between the ages of 12 and 30 were spent in travels to spiritual centers. A translation from Churchward (from records in Hemis Monastery at Leh, Kashmir, written in Pali, copies of the original):
Both Churchward and a Maya scholar named Jaurequi (in History of Central America) translate the last words of Jesus, "Eli, Eli, lama sabac tha ni," which is not Hebrew or any recognizable language, as actually "Hele, hele, lamat zabac to ni" ("I faint, I faint, darkness is coming over my face"). And it is Maya-Naga-Maya of East Asia or modern Maya of Central America. This is too enlightening to he coincidence, for one of the apostles had claimed Jesus’ last words spoke of darkness. It makes better sense than "My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" which scholars have long doubted an Ascended Master would utter.
At Dunhuang in the Gobi Desert, ancient texts were unearthed in 1911, some written in unknown languages. When will some group of linguists undertake to decipher these? John Macmillan Brown wondered the same thing when he was shown them back in the 1920s.
Timely issues facing the world today are prefaced in the Churchward book series: his Cosmic Forces refers to the lurch of the pole, which caused the magnetic cataclysms as in 10,900 BC, with resultant diastrophism (crust movement), earthquakes and floods. The pole’s normal oscillation becomes a hazard if it swings 23 1/2 degrees from its mean.
The idea that atomic power is exclusive to the past 100 years, is of it in the 1.200-year-old Maha Bharata and the Ramayana, referring to a war some blasted away by the well-known accounts time before in which:
Of all the stone tablets Colonel Churchward came across, there is but one that is erroneous. It is his tombstone at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York, which says he was born February 1852.