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Lemuria (continent)
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Lemuria /l?'mj??ri?/[1] or Limuria is a hypothetical lost land located in either the Indian or the Pacific Ocean, as postulated by a now-discredited 19th-century scientific theory. The idea was then adopted by the occultists of the time and consequently has been incorporated into pop culture. Some Tamil writers have associated it with Kumari Kandam, a mythical lost continent with an ancient Tamil civilization located south of present-day India in the Indian Ocean.
Evolution of the idea
Originally, Lemuria was hypothesized as a land bridge, now sunken, which would account for certain discontinuities in biogeography. This idea has been rendered obsolete by modern theories of plate tectonics. Sunken continents such as Zealandia in the Pacific, Mauritia[2] and the Kerguelen Plateau in the Indian Ocean do exist, but no geological formation under the Indian or Pacific Oceans is known that could have served as a land bridge between continents.[3]
The idea of Lemuria was subsequently incorporated into the proto-New Age philosophy of Theosophy and subsequently into general fringe belief. Accounts of Lemuria here differ. All share a common belief that a continent existed in ancient times and sank beneath the ocean as a result of a geological, often cataclysmic, change, such as pole shift, which such theorists anticipate will destroy and transform the modern world.
Scientific origins
In 1864, "The Mammals of Madagascar" by zoologist and biogeographer Philip Sclater appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Science. Using a classification he referred to as lemurs, but which included related primate groups,[4] and puzzled by the presence of their fossils in both Madagascar and India, but not in Africa or the Middle East, Sclater proposed that Madagascar and India had once been part of a larger continent (he was correct in this; though in reality this was the supercontinent Pangaea).
The anomalies of the mammal fauna of Madagascar can best be explained by supposing that ... a large continent occupied parts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans ... that this continent was broken up into islands, of which some have become amalgamated with ... Africa, some ... with what is now Asia; and that in Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands we have existing relics of this great continent, for which ... I should propose the name Lemuria![4]
Sclater's theory was hardly unusual for his time; "land bridges", real and imagined, fascinated several of Sclater's contemporaries. Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, also looking at the relationship between animals in India and Madagascar, had suggested a southern continent about two decades before Sclater, but did not give it a name.[5] The acceptance of Darwinism led scientists to seek to trace the diffusion of species from their points of evolutionary origin. Prior to the acceptance of continental drift, biologists frequently postulated submerged land masses to account for populations of land-based species now separated by barriers of water. Similarly, geologists tried to account for striking resemblances of rock formations on different continents. The first systematic attempt was made by Melchior Neumayr in his book Erdgeschichte in 1887. Many hypothetical submerged land bridges and continents were proposed during the 19th century to account for the present distribution of species.
Map describing the origins of "the 12 varieties of men" from Lemuria (1876)
The coat of arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory with the inscription (in Latin) "Limuria is in our charge/trust".
After gaining some acceptance within the scientific community, the concept of Lemuria began to appear in the works of other scholars. Ernst Haeckel, a Darwinian taxonomist, proposed Lemuria as an explanation for the absence of "missing link" fossil records. According to another source, Haeckel put forward this thesis prior to Sclater (but without using the name "Lemuria").[6] Locating the origins of the human species on this lost continent, he claimed the fossil record could not be found because it sank beneath the sea.
Other scientists hypothesized that Lemuria had extended across parts of the Pacific Ocean, seeking to explain the distribution of various species across Asia and the Americas.
The Lemuria theory disappeared completely from conventional scientific consideration after the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift were accepted by the larger scientific community. According to the theory of plate tectonics, Madagascar and India were indeed once part of the same landmass (thus accounting for geological resemblances), but plate movement caused India to break away millions of years ago, and move to its present location. The original landmass, the supercontinent Gondwana, broke apart; it did not sink beneath sea level.
Kumari Kandam
Main article: Kumari Kandam
"Lemuria" in Tamil nationalist mysticist literature, connecting Madagascar, South India, and Australia (covering most of the Indian Ocean)
Some Tamil writers such as Devaneya Pavanar have associated Lemuria with Kumari Kandam, a legendary sunken landmass mentioned in the Tamil literature, claiming that it was the cradle of civilization.
In popular culture
Main article: Lemuria in popular culture
Since the 1880s, the hypothesis of Lemuria has inspired many novels, television shows, films, and music.
(Lemuria: A hypothetical "lost land" variously located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.) *********************************** The Tale Of Lemuria, Master Poe, Pen And I Its birth a shake of Neptune's golden trident Its glow a diamond glitter on the moon As stars bow to its powers resplendent Ghosts of Avalon's truth, dance into June Sacred is the golden river that flows by With steep white banks that beg water's laps And each accepts the tears we poets cry As too oft into our griefs, we relapse Sweet, enchanted music that Lemuria gifts Beautiful its maidens in hypnotic dance All days are Spring's season that souls lift Passionate the nights that birth true romance There eternal orchard grows it fruits divine By it a river flows, waters singing along Above it, oft shows gleaming Heavens so fine Under yellow moon's repose, sweet windblown song Visit one may pay, if heart can stand the test Of touching earth's soul and holding its light One none can pass but poets, the very best All others, Lemuria strikes away with a blight Lemuria, thy kiss was savored in my wild youth I bid thee hello, begging of thee just this For I am that child of loss and a wayward truth And desireth I, thy fairest of maidens soft kiss Deny not this desperate plea, for such you owe Tis' I, that your soul once saved and let go In midnight's romantic dream her heart I stole For that trespass, you placed on me a heavy toll Now I return, my slashing sword, a bleeding pen Dear fair maiden, you must release to my land For your place pure hell I can ink times ten Bow to me, live on, by giving me her loving hand A mighty crash and voice from above this said Poet, fear I not any verse you may dare sling For I sleep eyes wide open, giants guard my bed So if thee darest, let thy pen at its best sing With that affront, I spoke to my friend Master Poe Of Lemuria's weakness, my dear friend- what do you know This he said, her head is big and clay is her toes Take there some devil grass, threaten to let it grow Threaten her magnificent beauty, she will give in Walk in and laugh loudly as you saunter about And friend, remember thy sword is thy shielding pen Speak boldly by commanding thy wish with a shout As full moon her paradise shores that night lit a word spoke- quick as a wink, Lemuria gave all to me doing as Master Poe had said was a big hit Master Poe, both my pen and I, so truly thank thee! Now fair maiden sits here as this tale I write our days are bliss, heaven blesses our nights after midnight, Lemuria oft we can see by moonlight Won her I, my pen gave'th its mightiest fight! Robert J. Lindley, 12-05-2019 Rhyme, ( Master Poe, tis' a true friend to have :) Note: Once on a midnight deary, I wrote tired and weary a tale of love, mythology and Lemuria's broken pride how poetic pen and I hath made Lemuria all teary now fearing my verses, so far away Lemuria hides!

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Date: 12/30/2019 10:08:00 PM
Your talent shines, Robert.. I was completely mesmerized by your masterpiece.. A brilliant and superb write, my friend!! I definety will fav this!!. Happy New Year!! Many blessings!!
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Date: 12/11/2019 4:22:00 PM
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS POEM. It kind of reminds me of Coleridge's Kubla Khan, but so very unique to you, you are your own writer Herr Lindley. "With that affront, I spoke to my friend Master Poe Of Lemuria's weakness, my dear friend- what do you know This he said, her head is big and clay is her toes Take there some devil grass, threaten to let it grow"...:) x
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Robert Lindley
Date: 12/11/2019 4:52:00 PM
Yes, Coleridge and his poetry... " And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever It flung up momently the sacred river. Five miles meandering with a mazy motion Through wood and dale the sacred river ran, Then reached the caverns measureless to man, And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean; And ’mid this tumult Kubla heard from far Ancestral voices prophesying war!"
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Robert Lindley
Date: 12/11/2019 4:51:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I had wanted to compose this as a much longer piece but today's readers abhor such very long poems. By shortening it , seems to me much is lost but such decision also gave me extra time to work on other projects...
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Date: 12/11/2019 4:25:00 PM
Kind of reminds me of the Consomme. "A savage place! as holy and enchanted As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted By woman wailing for her demon-lover!"
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 12/11/2019 4:24:00 PM
"A damsel with a dulcimer In a vision once I saw: It was an Abyssinian maid And on her dulcimer she played, Singing of Mount Abora. Could I revive within me Her symphony and song, To such a deep delight ’twould win me, That with music loud and long, I would build that dome in air, That sunny dome! those caves of ice! And all who heard should see them there, And all should cry, Beware! Beware!..."
Date: 12/10/2019 3:08:00 PM
"This he said, her head is big and clay is her toes Take there some devil grass, threaten to let it grow", cleverly penned. "oft after midnight, Lemuria we can see by moonlight Won her I, my pen gaveth its mightiest fight!" Wonderful, this is a magical write; had to "fav".
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Date: 12/10/2019 7:54:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Sometimes, my muse has such a generous heart and her favors are truest of gifts!! Thus I write and oft tears fall, the paper thinks it is raindrops and asks for soap to wash the verses along.. God bless..
Date: 12/8/2019 2:15:00 PM
Oh, mysterious Lemuria that sunk into oblivion but left us a great gift - writing. As the poet very truly remarked, only one who can use it properly is able to see this land, such as Mr. Poe and Mr. Lindley.
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Date: 12/9/2019 9:55:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I am truly delighted to see that you have returned to the PoetrySoup fold. I am blessed that Master Poe occasionally when he is bored, deigns to speak to me at all. Of course I speak back and give him many laughs at my weak attempts to honor his greatness in the dark poetry realm. Yet every so often, he gives me a wink and an approving nod.. God bless...
Date: 12/8/2019 12:33:00 AM
Splendidly composed Robert. I have also heard there is a Hawaii connection to Lemuria. Google earth has photos of a giant pyramid nearby under the sea. I need to finish getting my Xmas cards and gifts mailed and will catch up on poetry asap. Happy holidays! Hugs, Connie xxoo
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Date: 12/8/2019 7:47:00 AM
Thank you my friend, yes seems to be that there is some connection but the myth according to modern science has been debunked. Or is it that modern science is now finding evidence Lemuria may have truly existed? God bless....
Date: 12/7/2019 5:44:00 PM
When Master Poe and Master Lindley teamed up, Lemuria didn't stand a chance. This tale is seeded with great lines, Robert, until it grew into a blooming success! " slashing sword, a bleeding pen" fantastic phrase.
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Date: 12/8/2019 7:45:00 AM
Thank you my friend. The seed of this poem came from a poem fragment composed back in 1977. I edited the small poem fragment and lengthened it considerably. Ah yes, the pen can be mightier than the sword. If it carries with it Light and Truth.. God bless...
Date: 12/7/2019 9:51:00 AM
Bravo, bravo! Thank you for reporting this gem, which I will be reading more than once. It's overwhelming in its depth and beauty, poet laureate! A FAV, to be sure. Your Lemurian, Panagiota
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Robert Lindley
Date: 12/7/2019 5:02:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Fantasy, reality and poetic thoughts mixed to bring a tale that speaks of Lemuria and the things unknown that man has pondered on. I almost did this one in free verse but after writing first stanza switched, decided rhyme would be even better.. God bless...
Date: 12/6/2019 8:45:00 PM
This is wonderful, Sir Robert, and speaks to me on many levels ... I love modern poetry that is intertwined with mythology and classic style, and this not only does that incredibly well, but flows smoothly and tells a story, layered with ambiguity and mystery - my favorite stuff! I love to write in similar fashion, though I usually don't get many comments ... but that's OK, it is pleasurable nonetheless, as this is. Going into my favs immediately - superb, my friend! :o)
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Robert Lindley
Date: 12/7/2019 6:08:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I have now read and comment on your wonderful mythology poem. As it set me in awe with its Keats/Shelly/Byron like verses! Truly a dazzling gem.. Thanks for the fav ... God bless....
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 12/6/2019 8:46:00 PM
( Robert - You might like this one I wrote last week in similar fashion - called "Earth Dies, Fawning" - )

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