At the turn of the century, people developed a major interest in
mythology and archaeology. More and more research was done and
everything ancient and mysterious underwent thorough interpretations.
Moreover, this was how the story of the doom of the island Mu in the
Pacific Ocean which, according to some contemporary mystics, was the
parent city of Atlantis and which colonized ancient Europe and
The originator of the incredible story of Mu was Augustus Le
Plongeon, son of a French naval officer. For years, he had been
studying the ancient Maya on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. He came
to the conclusion that the Mayan people had been an extraordinary
nation that used clairvoyance and “magic mirrors“ to have a look at
the future. And what is more, he claimed that the Maya were
prehistoric seafaring people and founders of civilizations who crossed
the Pacific Ocean and even reached Persia and Egypt. Le Plongeon
compared architecture, religions and sun cults of the civilizations in
order to provide a solid basis for his thesis.
Partly, his research was based upon the Troano Codex, one of the
three records still available that had been written on inner bark as
was usual Mayan proceeding. The Spanish people of the Colonial Age
destroyed all writings of the Maya claiming that it was nothing but
Below is an excerpt from the Troano Codex, the translations are not
to be taken as ultimate facts since only a third of the Mayan scripts
has been decoded so far:
"(...)In the year Okan, on 11 Mulac, in the month Zac, there
occurred terrific earthquakes which continued without interruption
until 13 Chuen. The country of the Hills of Mud, The Land of Mu,
was sacrificed. Being twice upheaved it disappeared during the
night, being continually shaken by fires of the under earth. Being
confined these caused the land to sink and to rise several times
and in various places. At least the surface gave way, and then ten
countries were torn asunder and were scattered. They sank with
their 64 million of eight thousand years before this book was
These translations motivated me to compare them with the Plato‘s
dialogues. Although I am not a major supporter of the Mu theory, I
found out the following:
||1. According to Plato, Atlantis had 10 kingdoms. In Mu, the 10
lands were torn to pieces by means of the catastrophe.
||2. Atlantis disappeared during one horrible day and one
horrible night. Mu vanished after several earthquakes during one
||3. There had been terrible earthquakes at the time Mu sank.
When Atlantis faced its doom there were tremendous earthquakes and
||4. Both Mu and Atlantis had been “sacrificed“ to force people
into a better way of living.
||5. Atlantis sank 11 600 years ago while Mu sank 10 400 years
ago, provided that the Troano Codex dates back to the 15th century
If the story of Mu (or whatever it might be called) is true, a huge
island must have sunk about 11 000 years ago. However, the question arises
whether this mysterious island was situated in the Atlantic Ocean or in the
Pacific Ocean, for the Mayan records do not include definite geographical
But taking into consideration the location of the Yucatan peninsula, the
Mayan centre of power, one might assume that the island must have sunk very
close to them, that is in the Caribbean area or in the Atlantic Ocean. Hence,
the erudite Maya would support Plato’s records.
Probably, the dates given in the manuscript have to be “considered as
correct“, for the Mayan people had been excellent mathematicians even
familiar with arithmetic (order of numbers including zero values). Moreover,
the Maya had elaborated a calendar dating back to 3113 BC.
Nonetheless, as with Atlantis, the same unanswered questions remain:
Where and from who had the Maya got the
story about the catastrophic event and how did this story survive in their
minds for 8 000 years?
Had there really been a catastrophic event?
If yes, did this event survive because it had been passed on from generation
to generation? And was that why mistakes have occured in the field of
numbers and dates?