These are fluid notes in 2023. As I discover more and read more, I may change the information recorded here.
January 1 notes
Any accounting of an ancient civilization without an evident self-produced written history is very likely to be fantasy in part, or completely. I’m reading the James Churchward book, The Lost Continent of Mu, along with numerous supporting documents on the internet, for Booktube’s Historathon 2023, with the aim of getting a sense of whether this is history or fantasy.
As a writer of fiction, it makes little difference to me whether it is history or fantasy, however as a more serious reader of nonfiction, I’d like to have a better understanding of how the James Churchward books were written. I’ve noted that his descendant, Jack Churchward, has offered videos and a website, and will be referring to them as I process this information.
The Mu books of James Churchward are said by him to be based on the Naacal texts found in India at a monastery, and in Mexico. The Indian tablets are said to be stolen from somewhere in Burma. The Mexican texts were more complete than the Indian/Burmese texts that were apparently damaged.
It is definitely a red flag to me that these hidden texts are not generally known. This scenario is similar to the unseen tablets of Joseph Smith (Book of Mormon) and the Stanzas of Dyzan supposedly translated from an esoteric document by Helena Blavatsky. See: The Naacal Tablets and Theosophy, by Jason Colavito
Churchward couldn’t use a cellphone to document his experiences, but he did include drawings of the Naacal inscriptions in his book. The story goes – the tablets are hidden away by monks in India. There are photographs on the internet purporting to be of portions of the Naacal Tablets. (Google them to see.)
I don’t know yet where the Mexican texts are hidden, if they indeed exist. I have just now started to read the Churchward book about Mu. I have a lot left to learn.
Burma, where the texts were prior to being in India, is now known as The Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
January 2 notes
I’m watching this video made by someone who definitely believes Mu didn’t exist. 4:30 into it he ridicules Le Plongeon for having a wife 26 years his junior. That’s prejudice, and not a good reason for discrediting someone’s theories. I agree the origins of the Mu theories are questionable, but why attack over someone’s choice of a young wife? Lots of women like being married to an older man. That’s no crime. Please stick to facts, and don’t rely on innuendo to support your counter-theories.
I was really looking for scientific proof that Mu couldn’t have existed, and not another fantasy built on a fantasy about a place that never existed. Please tell me why you know that Mu could never have existed.
This video gets especially ridiculous when he imagines present day European countries colonizing it. FYI the Mu continent, if if was ever there, predated current Euro-political divisions by many millenniums. This terrible video doesn’t contribute to my understanding of the science and it ends with an advertisement. Crazy waste of time – and I’ll keep looking for evidence that Mu could never have existed. Someone must have done the work to try to prove this Mu theory wrong. Until I see that I’ll have to keep an open mind as the Churchward book could be absolutely true!
Conclusion: This video was created to ridicule and discredit the theories of Le Plongeon and Churchward (without use of scientific geological evidence) and to use this medium to advertise a product.
January 2 notes continued…
Much more hopeful – here are some people actually considering that the book about Mu could be true history. They present the archeological evidence of structures found on Micronesia, Nam Madol, as possible proof that a much larger civilization could have existed in the Pacific. (History Channel)
January 2 notes continued…
Another video. This is the great-grandson of James Churchward… Jack Churchward. In this video he speaks to a group that seeks various types of metaphysical truths. (Note: I’m a Christian, and have abandoned the New Age type theories although I explored them in the past.) This video explains more about the family origins, theories and career of James Churchward.
When I realized my Kindle copy of the book is probably bootleg, I went to Jack’s website to order an official copy he sells there. He is the copyright holder.
January 7 notes
I’ve been busy for a few days and am just now getting back to this document. I read a few more pages in the book… still in chapter one. Tonight I read the Naacal creation story. It was compared to creation stories from other ancient cultures, including of course, the Israelite version recorded in Genesis 1.
Video of the day – a documentary about the Le Plongeons, who mixed their Mexican archeological adventures with strange proclamations of their own (imaginary?) importance in the ancient Mayan civilization.
January 8 notes
In looking for more videos about Mu on YouTube I saw there’s a lot of woo-woo nonsense with people making crazy unsubstantiated claims about Mu and related topics.
So, I turn again to my book. I can take only a few pages at a time. Tonight I got through pages 23 to 36. He explained how to interpret some symbols. I’m not certain I believe these interpretations, but it is all we’ve got. He said they were symbols of the regeneration of human life after the creation. Could be.