Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

Nephite Daykeepers: Ritual Specialists in Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
7/22/2020
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
20 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
Book of Mormon, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, daykeepers, lds, maya, Mormonism, Nephites

Abstract: Mark Alan Wright describes a common type of ritual specialist among the Maya called a “daykeeper.” He discusses similarities and differences with descriptions of ritual specialists in the Book of Mormon, including those who used the Urim and Thummim, performed rituals of healing, experienced near-death episodes at the inauguration of their calling, kept track of calendars, mastered astronomy, and invoked God to bring rain. He finds several intriguing similarities, but also differences — the most important one being that the Nephites understood that the people to do all these things came from the God of Israel rather than the local pantheon.

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