Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

Axes Mundi: Ritual Complexes in Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
9/12/2014
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
24 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, axes mundi, lds, Mesoamerica, mormon, Mormonism, ritual

Places are made sacred through manifestations of the divine or ritual activity. The occurrence of a theophany or hierophany or the performance of particular rituals can conceptually transform a place into an axis mundi, or the center of the world. A variety of such axes mundi are known from the archaeological record of Mesoamerica and the text of the Book of Mormon. I compare and contrast several distinctive types of such ritual complexes from Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon and argue that they served functionally and ideologically similar purposes.

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