Many cultures from all over the Pacific make reference to this land.
Here are just a few:
The legends of
Easter Island speak of Hiva, which sank beneath the
waves as people fled, while one Samoan legend calls a similar place
Poluto. The Maoris of New Zealand still talk about arriving long ago
from a sinking island called Hawaiki, a vast and mountainous place
on the other side of the water.
The myths and traditions of India abound with references. The Rig
Veda speaks of "the three continents that were"; the third was home
to a race called the Danavas. A land called Rutas was an immense
continent far to the east of India and home to a race of
sun-worshippers. But Rutas was torn asunder by a volcanic upheaval
and sent to the ocean depths. Fragments remained as Indonesia and
the Pacific islands, and a few survivors reached India, where they
became the elite Brahman caste.
On the bottom of the seas lie all the proud cities,
the flying patuwvotas [shields] and the worldly treasures corrupted
with evil. Faced with disaster, some people hid inside the earth
while others escaped by crossing the ocean on reed rafts, using the
islands as stepping-stones.
The same story of escape to dry land appears in the
Popol Vuh - the
Mayan story of creation.
Augustus Le Plongeon, (1826-1908) a 19th
century researcher and writer who conducted investigations of the
Maya ruins in the Yucatan announced that he had translated ancient
Mayan writings, which allegedly showed that the Maya of Yucatan were
older than the later civilizations of Atlantis and Egypt, and
additionally told the story of an even older continent of Mu, whose
survivors founded the Maya civilization.
Later students of the
Ancient Maya writings argue that Le Plongeon's "translations" were
based on little more than his vivid imagination.