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Ammon and the Mesoamerican Custom of Smiting off Arms
|Title||Ammon and the Mesoamerican Custom of Smiting off Arms|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Authors||Yerman, Bruce H.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Ammon (Son of King Mosiah); Flocks; King Lamoni; Mesoamerica; Missionary Work; Nephite; Warfare|
Ammon, a Nephite missionary who chose to serve a Lamanite king as his servant, gained fame by cutting off the arms of the king’s enemies. The practice of smiting off arms of enemies as trophies fits a cultural pattern known among the later Aztecs and Maya in pre-Spanish Mesoamerica.
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