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Root Races

Root Races

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Theosophical Masters
 
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Root race
s are stages in human evolution in the esoteric cosmology of  theosophist  Helena Petrovna Blavatsky,as described in her book  
 (1888). Theseraces were said to have existed on now-lost continents.Blavatsky's model was developed by later theosophists, most notably William Scott-Elliot in
The Story of  Atlantis
(1896) and
The Lost Lemuria
(1904). Annie Besant further developed the model in
 Man: Whence, How and Whither 
(1913). Both Besant and Scott-Elliot reliedon information from Charles Webster Leadbeater obtained by "astral clairvoyance". Further elaboration was provided by Rudolf Steiner in
 Atlantis and Lemuria
(1913).
 Rudolf Steiner, and subsequent theosophist authors, have called the time periodsassociated with these races,
Epochs
(Steiner felt that the term "race" was not adequateanymore for modern humanity).
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According to historian James Webb,the occult concept of succeeding prehistoric races, as later adopted by Blavatsky, was first introduced by the French author Antoine Fabred'Olivet in his
 Histoire philosophique du genre humain
(1824).
 By contrast, historianGoffe Jensma claims that the concept of root races was first articulated in the Dutchesotericist book  Oera Linda,which was translated into English by William Sandbach in 1876.
 Also prior to Blavatsky, the root races were described by the Englishtheosophist Alfred Percy Sinnett in
 Esoteric Buddhism
(1883).
Locations of the proposed former continents
Some theosophical writers, attempting to reconcile current geological science with someearlier theosophical teachings, have equated Lemuria with the former supercontinent of  Gondwanaland.Early theosophical teachings, however, agree with the originalstatements of  Eduard Suess,who argued that Gondwanaland consisted of parts of the present 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 the Atlantic 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 the Ural mountains of  Russia, westward to include the islands of  Ireland and Britain,and even farther westward 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 causedearthquakes which 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.

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