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Exploring American Ruins (19 March 1903)

TitleExploring American Ruins (19 March 1903)
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1903
AuthorsWolfe, Walter M.
MagazineThe Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star
Issue Number12
Date Published19 March 1903
KeywordsAncient America - Mesoamerica; Archaeology; Ephod; Mythology; Native Americans - K'iche'; Native Americans - Maya

This three-part series presents some legends and traditions of the Native Americans in association with ruins, especially of Central America. They seem to prove that the Book of Mormon is historically correct. Throughout the Americas, the Native Americans believed in a Messiah who came a long time ago and promised to return. The high priest of the Quiche Indians wore a breastplate with seven precious stones. It was a Urim and Thummim used to decide the innocence or guilt of those accused of crimes. It would reveal both past and future events. The third and final part discusses a K'iche' legend.