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Conference Talks:
Axes Mundi: A Comparative Analysis of Nephite
and Mesoamerican Temple and Ritual Complexes

Mark Alan Wright

This study seeks to compare and contrast the temple and ritual complexes alluded to in the Book of Mormon with those known from the archaeological record in Mesoamerica. Although superficially they may appear incompatible, an analysis of their underlying mythologies reveals many conceptual similarities, suggesting Nephite worship and ritual might not have been wholly out of place in that context. There are significant differences as well, but these likewise serve to provide insight into the interrelationship between the Nephites and the dominant Mesoamerican culture within which they may have been entrenched.

Presented at: The 2012 Temple on Mount Zion Conference
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Article Reprint: Axes Mundi: Ritual Complexes in Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 46 (2021): 233-48
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