The Lamanites Did Offer Them Up As Sacrifices Unto Their Idol Gods

Alan C. Miner

Mormon notes that the Lamanites drove the inhabitants out of the city of Teancum, "and did take many prisoners both women and children, and did offer them up as sacrifices unto their idol gods" (Mormon 4:14). According to John Sorenson, there is evidence that correlates the mention of human sacrifice in the Book of Mormon (Mormon 4:14) with Mesoamerica. Sorenson notes that for late Teotihuacan times (around A.D. 600), excavation has revealed clear evidence of human sacrifice, with a meal made of the victims. Sanders has reported earlier data on the same practice from a site near Teotihuacan dating between A.D. 450 and 550. If Teotihuacan culture elements were as deeply involved in the life of the Guatemalan Lamanites as it appears, these despicable rites are not surprising among the Lamanites. [John L. Sorenson, An Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon, p. 346]

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