Hiding in Plain Sight: The Origins of the Book of Mormon.
The prophecies of Abinadi in the Book of Mormon, his sacrificial death, and the deaths of his murderers all correlate with Maya rituals and ceremonies. The later order of Nehor, having common elements with the king Noah syncretic religion, also correlates with known Mesoamerican religious practices, one correlation being the Principal Bird Deity and its manifestations.
Many LDS scholars have suggested a connection between the Lamanites and the early Classic Maya. 16 It is perhaps not coincidental that while Lamanites were emerging as the dominant and victorious culture at the end of the Book of Mormon, Maya civilization began flourishing and progressing to its greatest extent. According to the archaeological and written record that has survived, many great.
The Mayan hieroglyphic writing is singled out here for two reasons: it is the best known, and it dates to the late Book of Mormon period.
The Maya and the Olmec have a written language—a requirement for Book of Mormon peoples, who kept records. Mesoamerica is the site of the only literate pre-Columbian population. It is easy, therefore, to see why Latter-day Saints typically associate the Nephites or Lamanites with the Maya.
Some Mormon archaeologists and researchers claim various archaeological findings such as place names, and ruins of the Inca, Maya, Olmec, and other ancient American and Old World civilizations as giving credence to the Book of Mormon record.
Maya Harvest Festivals and the Book of Mormon: Annual FARMS Lecture; Joseph L. Allen, Exploring the Lands of the Book of Mormon; Rodger I. Anderson, Joseph Smith's New York Reputation Reexamined; Allan K. Burgess and Max H. Molgard, Fun for Family Night: Book of Mormon Edition; Robert E. and Sandra L. Hales, How to Hiss Forth with the Book of.
In 1841 -- after the Book of Mormon, actually -- there was a publication in New York and London of a wonderful two-volume work called Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan by.