The third root race of this terrestrial round. They inhabited the huge continent Mu in the Pacific Ocean. In the early stages of their time, they were hermaphrodites, yet gradually passed through the division of sexes, thus being the source of the stories in many myths and scriptures.
The Lemurians existed before the Atlanteans, but have been confused with them by some groups. About this, H.P. Blavatsky said, "In our own day we witness the stupendous fact that such comparatively recent personages as Shakespeare and William Tell are all but denied, an attempt being made to show one to be a nom de plume, and the other a person who never existed. What wonder then, that the two powerful races -- the Lemurians and the Atlanteans -- have been merged into and identified, in time, with a few half mythical peoples, who all bore the same patronymic?" (The Secret Doctrine, 1888)
"It is clear that the Miocene Epoch had its proper scenario on the ancient Lemurian land, the continent that was formerly located in the Pacific Ocean. Remnants of Lemuria are still located in Oceania, in the great Australia, and on Easter Island (where some carved monoliths were found), etc." —Samael Aun Weor, Gnostic Anthropology
"The third root race was the Lemurian race, which inhabited Mu, which today is the Pacific Ocean. They perished by fire raining from the sun (volcanoes and earthquakes). This Root Race was governed by the Aztec God Tlaloc. Their reproduction was by means of gemmation. Lemuria was a very extensive continent. The Lemurians who degenerated had, afterwards, faces similar to birds; this is why some savages, when remembering tradition, adorned their heads with feathers." —Samael Aun Weor, The Kabbalah of the Mayan Mysteries