Lemuria in popular culture
Lemuria is the name of a hypothetical "lost land" variously located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The concept of Lemuria has been rendered obsolete by modern understanding of plate tectonics. However, it has still been used as a location and inspiration in a wide range of novels, television shows, films and music. Notable examples are listed here.
List of notable examples in popular culture
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- Richard Sharpe Shaver's "I Remember Lemuria" and "Thought Records of Lemuria" featured in the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, in the March and June 1945 issues.
- Eklal Kueshana, aka Richard Kieninger, refers to Lemuria as a sunken continent in the Pacific in his 1963 book of prophecy, THE ULTIMATE FRONTIER.
- Lin Carter set his "Thongor" series of sword and sorcery novels in Lemuria, beginning with The Wizard of Lemuria in 1965.
- H. P. Lovecraft mentioned Lemuria as a previous resting place for the Shining Trapezohedron in the Cthulhu Mythos story "The Haunter of the Dark". In his world of fiction, Lemuria may also be Mu or R'lyeh. The story "The Nameless City" describes a pre-human race of intelligent reptiles.
- In Marvel Comics, there are two fictional nations that both use the name Lemuria. One is the underwater home of Princess Llyra, an antagonist to Namor the Sub-Mariner of Atlantis, while the other is the underground homeland of the superhuman Deviant race.
- In Ultimate Marvel continuity, Namor claims that Lemuria fought an ancient war with Atlantis, destroying both continents.
- In DC Comics, the Lemurians are a scaly race of humanoids living below the sea. (Super Team Family #13-14.)
- In the Saint Seiya canon, there are 3 lemurians that apparently survived the disppearance of the continent: Shion, Mu and Kiki. The 3 of them possess extremely powerful telekinectic powers. In Saint Seiya Omega, there is one more: Raki, Kiki's aprentice.
- In the Dark Horse Comics series Hellboy by Mike Mignola, Lemuria is an ancient dead civilization with spiritual power over Lovecraftian Elder Gods. Hellboy's adoptive father taught him the language at a young age.
- In the Kull stories by Robert E. Howard, Lemuria is a group of islands that are the peaks of the sunken continent of Mu.
- In the novel series Agent 13: The Midnight Avenger, Lemuria is an advanced civilisation in prehistoric times.
- In the Ever 17: The Out of Infinity visual novel, LeMU, an underwater research facility is named after Lemuria, and there are numerous references to the lost continent.
- In Christopher Pike's Spooksville series of young adult novellas, Lemuria and Mu are the same, with the titular city being the sole remnant of the lost continent.
- In Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel Inherent Vice, Lemuria is mentioned quite a few times. Being an ephemeral place, it serves as an apt symbol for 1960's California.
- In the Perry Rhodan series, Lemuria was the home continent of the Lemurians (also called the First Humanity) 50,000 years ago.
- In Dougal Dixon's After Man: A Zoology of the Future, the author posits that a portion of eastern Africa will break off from the main continent and become the last refuge of large ungulates, which are outcompeted by "rabbucks" (rabbit descendents) elsewhere in the world, and names the new island "Lemuria."
- In Karel Čapek's 1936 novel "War with the Newts", engineers use the eponymous Newts in order to create a new continent, Lemuria, as a part of their many land reclamation projects.
- In Kerry Greenwood's novel "Cooking the Books", "Pockets", an alcoholic ex-business man with serious mental problems, claims that the Lemurians have appointed him to collect paper work and file it against their takeover when their mothership will land on the Yarra River in Melbourne.
- The Return of Chandu, the 1934 film serial continuation of the 1932 movie Chandu the Magician starring Bela Lugosi, partly takes place on Lemuria.
- The Lost City (1935 serial), the last survivor of Lemuria seeks to conquer the world.
- Battlestar Galactica (1978), mentioned as a lost civilization in the opening credits.
- The film The Golden Voyage of Sinbad has most of its adventures taking place on Lemuria.
- Lemuria, Mu, and Atlantis are referenced in the 1995 film Gamera: Guardian of the Universe.
- Lemuria continent is mentioned as a passing reference by Actor Vivek in the movie Sivaji (film)
- In the 1990s cartoon series Mighty Max, the characters, Virgil and Skullmaster were Lemurians. Along with Atlantis, Lemuria is one of two civilizations Skullmaster has already destroyed.
- Transformers: Cybertron, in its initial form of Transformers: Galaxy Force, featured Lemuria as the name of a starship.
- In the Japanese television series and the 30th Super Sentai Series GoGo Sentai Boukenger, the character Natsuki Mamiya (BoukenYellow) is a survivor and princess of ancient Lemuria.
- Lemuria is mentioned in the opening narration of Battlestar Galactica.
- In The Secret Saturdays, a main character, Fiskerton, is a Lemurian.
- In the 1980s cartoon series, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, the character Tao is the last of the Hiva, an ancient and advanced civilization which had thrived until their entire continent sank into the Pacific ocean due to an enormous volcanic cataclysm.
- In the video game Golden Sun series, Lemuria is a major plot point. In the first title, locating Lemuria is the motivation behind the construction of Babi's Lighthouse, and in the sequel, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, one of the main characters, Piers, is a Lemurian, and travel to Lemuria is possible.
- Lemuria is an underwater zone, in the MMO Champions Online.
- In the visual novel Ever 17, the primary setting is an underwater theme park called LeMU, which is entirely themed around Lemurian ruins.
- In the video game Nostalgia, one of the many secret dungeons included in the game is the "Dungeon of Lemuria".
- The video game Kinectimals, takes place on an island named "Lemuria" populated mainly by lemurs and felines.
- In the video game Final Fantasy XI, a supernatural region known as Lumoria (commonly referred to as "Sea" by players) is introduced in the expansion Chains of Promathia towards the end of the main storyline.
- The video game Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, the main part of the story centers around the discovery of Lemurés, a floating continent above Ivalice that was shielded from the rest of the world by the god Feolthanos.
- In Genius: the Transgression, a fan-made expansion of the tabletop role-playing game New World of Darkness, Lemuria is two things: 1) a "Bardo" (a scientifically-obsolete theoretical place that manifests when disproved) that appeared when the theory of plate tectonics became accepted as fact; or 2) an ancient organization of Geniuses who controlled the course of human development (led by the time-traveling former inhabitants of said Bardo), whose control began to falter during the Renaissance, and ended in World War II.
- In the Trading Card Game "Yu-Gi-Oh!", there is a card known as "Lemuria, the Forgotten City".
- Symphonic Black Metal band Bal-Sagoth has an album named A Black Moon Broods over Lemuria which features Lemuria.
- The Swedish symphonic metal band Therion released in 2004 albums titled Lemuria and Sirius B, in which there are references of Lemuria.
- Indie rock band Lemuria has named itself after the continent.
- Rock band Murder City Devils has a song titled Lemuria Rising.
- The band "Visions of Atlantis" has a song on their second CD Cast Away titled "Lemuria".
- Jazz musician "Sun Ra", on his 1969 album Atlantis, included a song called "Lemuria".
- Electronic musician Lone has an album called Lemurian.
- American band Sun City Girls feature a song called "The Fine-Tuned Machines of Lemuria" on the You're Never Alone With a Cigarette 7" single.
- Alternative rock artist Black Francis explained that his song "Velouria" is about a Lemurian girl living in Mount Shasta who "was covered in fur".
- Italian Black Epic Metal band Stormlord (band) released a song titled "Memories of Lemuria" on their 2005 album The Gorgon Cult.
- At one point, the protagonist of Dresden Codak wonders why Lemuria is missing from a wall-size map of the world.
- The cover of I remember Lemuria is featured in an article Warum Aliens nicht grün sein müssen (German) (Why Aliens don't have to be green) at Telepolis.
- Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, 1st Paperback Edition (New York: Penguin Books, 2010), 101, et seq.
- "Lemur" (in German). Pr-materiequelle.de. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
- Čapek, Karel (1985). War with the Newts. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press. p. 189. ISBN 0810106639.
- "Visions of Atlantis -- Lemuria -- Listening & Stats at Last.fm".
- "Black Francis - Velouria (Live at 89.3 The Current) on YouTube".