Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, July 2022
Pohnpei, Nan Madol, and the Legacy of Lemuria
By Carole Nervig
Foreword by Barbara Hand Clow
Bear & Company
July 2022, 368 pages, 6 x 9, U.S. $25.00
Includes: 16-page color insert, 350 b&w illustrations
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
Initially thumbing through the pages of The Petroglyphs of Mu, I was immediately struck by the many photographs taken by its author Carole Nervig during her personal explorations on the small Pacific island of Pohnpei back in the 1990s, with its hundreds of remarkable petroglyphs carved on large boulders. Like myself, as I glanced at the many photographs in her book, Nervig quickly recognized how these petroglyphs corresponded incredibly with numerous other sites throughout the world. She isolated
comparisons with those of Australian Aborigines, the Inca of Peru, the Vedic people of India, early Norse runes and Japanese symbols, and of course even our Native American petroglyphs here in North America. It's a small world after all. It certainly looks very evident that human migrations throughout the world occurred and can account for the many similarities in customs, beliefs, practices, and symbols, contrary to how our archeological community has been inclined to look at it for a long time. Nervig, however, after more than four decades of research and field investigations, arrives at a conclusion that would be most controversial for mainstream archeologists and others of academia. She has concluded that the ancient stone remnants of Pohnpet, coupled with traditional oral accounts, points to the Micronesian island’s finds as being a part of an outpost of sunken Kahnihmueiso, the legendary lost city of Mu, or what is known as Lemuria.
Today Nervig lives in Ecuador and is the founder of the Nan Madol Foundation.