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Axes Mundi: Ritual Complexes in Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon
|Title||Axes Mundi: Ritual Complexes in Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Wright, Mark Alan|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||Mesoamerica; Ritual; Sacred|
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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