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Celestial Visits in the Scriptures, and a Plausible Mesoamerican Tradition

TitleCelestial Visits in the Scriptures, and a Plausible Mesoamerican Tradition
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsWirth, Diane E.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsAncient America; Angel; Mesoamerica; Messenger

Scriptural accounts of celestial beings visiting the earth are abundant in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Whether a descending deity or angelic beings from celestial realms, they were often accompanied by clouds. In this paper a short analysis of the various types of clouds, including imitation clouds (incense), will be discussed. The relation between the phenomenon of supernatural beings, sometimes in clouds, may have had a great influence on descendants of Book of Mormon cultures. For these people, stories that were told from one generation to the next would have been considered ancient mythological lore. It may be plausible that future generations attempted to duplicate the same type scenario of celestial beings speaking and visiting their people. These events were sometimes recorded in stone.