Lemuria in popular culture
Lemuria is the name of a hypothetical "lost land" variously located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is said to have been civilized for over 20000 years, with its population speaking Tamil. Many people believe this is the first civilization and first language to be spoken in the world. 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" was published in the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, in the March 1945 issue; related stories were prominently featured over the next four years.
- 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.
- 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. His Alosha is also loosely based on the legend, and Shasta weakly disguised as Pete's Peak in the novel.
- 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 1960s 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 descendants) 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.
- In Daniel Pinkwater's 1979 novel Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars The myth of Lemuria and other lost places is used by travelers from other worlds as a way to refer to their cultures without revealing their origin. Lemuria is also referenced heavily in the plot.
- 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.
- 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 Vivek in the movie Sivaji (film)
- The Lemurian Star is a vessel featured in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".
- 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.
- The video game Radia Senki: Reimeihen takes place in a world called Lemuria.
- 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".
- The video game Child of Light takes place in a mystical world known as Lemuria.
- Enemies in the video game Risk of Rain are called "Lemurians," and takes place on a mysterious, fictional planet.
- Within the Halo Universe, the planet Arcadia has a Continent called Lemuria.
- 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 The 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.
- 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.[volume & issue needed]
- 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 disappearance of the continent: Shion, Mu and Kiki. The 3 of them possess extremely powerful telekinetic powers. In Saint Seiya Omega, there is one more: Raki, Kiki's apprentice.
- In the Dark Horse Comics series Hellboy by Mike Mignola, Lemuria is an ancient dead civilization with spiritual power over Lovecraftian Elder Gods.[volume & issue needed] Hellboy's adoptive father taught him the language at a young age.[volume & issue needed]
- 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.
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- Lovecraft, H.P. The Haunter of the Dark.
It was treasured and placed in its curious box by the crinoid things of Antarctica, salvaged from their ruins by the serpent-men of Valusia, and peered at aeons later in Lemuria by the first human beings.
- 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.
- Pinkwater, Daniel M. (1980). Alan Mendelsohn, the boy from Mars (2. [pr.]. ed.). New York: Dutton. p. 27. ISBN 0-525-25360-2.
- Alan Mendelsohn, the boy from Mars, p. 17 et. seq
- "Visions of Atlantis -- Lemuria -- Listening & Stats at Last.fm".
- "Discography - You're Never Alone with a Cigarette (1990)". Sun City Girls. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
- "Black Francis - Velouria (Live at 89.3 The Current) on YouTube".
- Elliot R. Brown (a). "Lemuria" (Deluxe edition) The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 7: 26 (1985), Marvel, retrieved on 5 August 2014
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