Title

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

Keywords

Book of Moron, ritual, axes mundi, Mesoamerica

Abstract

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.

Original Publication Citation

Axes Mundi: Ritual Complexes in Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon. In Temple Insights, William J. Hamblin and David Rolph Seely, eds. Provo, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books. (2014): 187-202.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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