Also prior to Blavatsky, the root races were described by the EnglishtheosophistAlfred Percy Sinnettin
Locations of the proposed former continents
Some theosophical writers, attempting to reconcile current geological science with someearlier theosophical teachings, have equatedLemuriawith the formersupercontinentof Gondwanaland.Early theosophical teachings, however, agree with the originalstatements of Eduard Suess,who argued that Gondwanaland consisted of parts of thepresent continents in their present positions, but joined to one another by other landsthat have since been submerged.Atlantis,in the Theosophical cosmology, was a continent that covered a significant partof what is now theAtlantic Ocean.
The large continent of Atlantis is said to have "firstdivided, and then broken later on into seven peninsulas and islands". When the mainpart of Atlantis began to sink, Atlantean settlers migrated to the new lands which wererising to the east, west, and south. These new lands became the Americas, Africa, partsof Asia, and the present European countries, stretching from theUral mountainsof Russia, westward to include the islands of IrelandandBritain,and even fartherwestward than that in former times. Some emigrants from the remaining islands in theAtlantic settled on new islands to the east which later consolidated into what is now thedistrict of the Abyssinian highlands and lands somewhat to the north. Atlantis perishedthrough flooding and submergence in 9,564 BC,
and its destruction is explained byclaiming successive disturbances in the axial rotation of Earth which causedearthquakeswhich led to the sudden sinking of Atlantis.
Root Races, Epochs and sub-races
According to Blavatsky's writings, there will be seven root races assembled for ourEarth;each root race is divided into seven subraces. Only five root races have appearedso far; the sixth is expected to emerge in the 28th century.