“They Were Naked and Their Skins Were Worn”

Brant Gardner

Cultural: The description we have of the prisoners matches quite well with the information gleaned about captives from Maya stelae and glyphs. Captives are typically shown naked, and we have already discussed the fact that torture and mistreatment were quite typical depictions of a captive. Thus this particular description, with “all kinds of afflictions” rings very true in the Mesoamerican context.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon