Rosicrucian: Augustus LePlongeon

Mr. Augustus LePlongeon, Archaeologist and Historian

Augustus LePlongeon

            Rosicrucian and anthropologist Augustus LePlongeon (1825-1908) was one of the first to write about Lemuria and argued Mu was the ancient Mayan name for Plato’s Atlantis. LePlongeon notes that “many will, no doubt, object that this may all be pure coincidence – the two people lived so far apart. Very true. I do not pretend it is accidental.” LePlongeon did a comparative study of Maya and Egyptian religions, linguistics, and their respective architecture. “There is every reason to believe that the cosmogonical conceptions, so widely spread, originated with the Mayas, and were communicated by them to all the other nations among which we find their name.” He concluded that Mayan culture had been diffused throughout Southeast Asia by Mayan travelers who then went to the Middle East, where they later established Egypt.

            LePlongeon’s theories found limited acceptance because most archaeologists placed the Mayan civilization later than Egypt. The Egyptian pyramids were constructed from 2980 BC to 2475 BC during the Old Kingdom until the end of the Middle Kingdom (2055 BC to 1650 BC). The largest Pre-Columbian pyramid, The Great Pyramid of Cholula, built in the Mexican state of Puebla, was constructed from the second century BC until the sixteenth century AD. Central American civilizations, like the Mayan city of Tikal, flourished from 300 to 900 AD.

Pyramids are also found in Sudan, built by Nubians until the 300s AD, Mesopotamia, and China. One pyramid in Greece dates to 2720 BC, older than the pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. According to the accepted archaeological dates for pyramid construction, if Lemuria did exist, the Lemurian immigrants would have fled to the Near and Middle East, not central and South America.

Further Reading

LePlongeon (1973[1896]) Queen Móo and the Egyptian Sphinx.                                  

LePlongeon (1985[1886]) Sacred Mysteries Among the Mayas and the Quiches.

The Rosicrucian Order

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