Pacific Explorers

Since new studies have shown new trade routes the Polynesians have taken that leads back to the Philippines as a possible point of origin, it made me think about the controversy among Filipinos whether we are Asian or Pacific Islander. So, to find out I sent away for a DNA kit from and was surprised at the results that came back. My DNA came out as 65% southeast Asian and 35% Polynesian. DNA research is always updated with new findings and when my new DNA results came back it changed to 100% Filipino. But what does that mean? It could indicate that the Polynesian DNA has been in the fabric of the Filipino DNA for so long that it is now recognized as part of the makeup of Filipino DNA.

Many countries around the known Sundaland Peninsula were expert seafarers and have similarities in the way they crafted their boats. Skills that were passed down from their Austronesian ancestors, but it was the Polynesians that had the faith and courage to travel such great lengths to explore the Pacific Ocean. Early European explorers couldn't believe what seemed to be primitive people, with sailing canoes and no navigational instruments, could themselves discover and settle on so many of the Pacific islands they occupied.The Polynesians used their hands as a navigation tool and had their own way of navigating the stars for direction. The Europeans just didn't recognize the technique at that time.

There is research being conducted to find out if the Polynesians first discovered the Americas on the west coast before the Europeans landed on the east coast. The Polynesians went to great lengths to find new land and trade with new countries but they were not alone. Many countries joined the exploration by sea for trade.The United States is a multicultural country where many ethnic cultures get along, work together, and live as Americans under one nation. The land mass that was Sundaland could have harbored a nation in the same manner. The Southeast Asians, Polynesians, and other ethnic groups could have occupied this land mass and exchanged cultures, traded goods, and thrived as a nation before the region slowly submerged into the ocean.

What if there was another theory, imagine all the Pacific islands were part of one big land mass at one time. I know I'm going off on a tangent again but I find it fascinating to imagine an undiscovered, advanced civilization of Pacific Islanders.
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The lost Continent of Mu

The theory of this lost continent was introduced by a 19th century French American archeologist Augustus Le Plongeon who traveled to the Mayan ruins in Yucatan and found them to be older then the pyramids in Egypt. Le Plongeon suggests that several ancient civilizations like Egypt descended from the lost Mu continent in the Atlantic Ocean. Le Plongeon claimed that the civilization of ancient Egypt was founded by a Queen named Moo who escaped the destruction of the land mass and came to Egypt. The other descendents of the continent fled to Central America and became the Mayans.

The name Mu was misinterpretation from the Madrid Codex also known as the Troano Codex suggesting Mu to be a land that was catastrophically submerged.

This concept of Mu was later reintroduced by James Churchward from his book "The Lost Continent Mu", 1931. Churchward suggested that Mu was located in the Pacific Ocean. Using the map by James Churchward you can see where he visualized the landmass across the ocean would be located. If you could see the ocean floor without the water, you would see the peaks and ridges that are the Pacific islands poking up from the Ocean. It seems that this land mass was drawn around those island peaks.

Geologist claim that it's impossible for a landmass to just sink like that. What I suggest, in my humble opinion, is that it didn't sink straight down but rather slid sideways underneath another continental plate. Maybe half the continent is under the Euroasian plate and the other half shifted sideways as well and submerged just enough to expose the island that are poking up through the Pacific Ocean. It's interesting that the deepest trenches in the ocean are between the Pacific and Eurasian continental plates.

Recently in the ocean waters of Japan off the coast of Yoniguni there was a discovery of monolithic rock formations that marine geologist Masaaki Kimura suggests are man-made. These formations are thought to be the foundation of ancient ruins. The verdict is still out.