Riplakish

Jaredite king

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Riplakish

Riplakish occurs in the sequence of Jaredite leaders toward the beginning of the middle period. The father of Riplakish was Shez, a man of righteousness who “did walk in the ways of the Lord”. Riplakish, who was born when his father was very old, became a man of whoredoms and wickedness who placed heavy tax burdens upon the people to support his extravagant tastes:

And he did erect him an exceedingly beautiful throne; and he did build many prisons, and whoso would not be subject unto taxes he did cast into prison; and whoso was not able to pay taxes he did cast into prison; and he did cause that they should labor continually for their support; and whoso refused to labor he did cause to be put to death.
Wherefore he did obtain all his fine work, yea, even his fine gold he did cause to be refined in prison; and all manner of fine workmanship he did cause to be wrought in prison. And it came to pass that he did afflict the people with his whoredoms and abominations.

After forty-two years of such treatment, the people revolted, killed Riplakish, and drove his descendants from the land. Eventually, one of his descendants, Morianton, rose up in power and took over the leadership of the country, easing the burdens of the people and reigning in justice for many years, though not in moral decency.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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