Seasonality of Warfare in the Book of Mormon and in Mesoamerica

Title

Seasonality of Warfare in the Book of Mormon and in Mesoamerica

Book Title

Nephite Culture and Society: Collected Papers

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

7

Year of Publication

1997

Authors

Pagination

155-179

Publisher

New Sage Books

City

Salt Lake City

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Bibliographic Citation

Sorenson, John L. "Seasonality of Warfare in the Book of Mormon and in Mesoamerica" In Nephite Culture and Society: Collected Papers, 155-179. Salt Lake City: New Sage Books, 1997.

Abstract

When we carefully examine the accounts of wars in the middle portion of the Nephite record, we find that military action did not take place at random throughout the calendar year but at particular times. Whatever realistic scene we assume for the Nephite lands, we would expect to find a similar seasonal pattern in that area's secular historical sources. I consider Mesoamerica (central and southern Mexico and northern Central America) to have been the scene of the Nephite conflicts, but whatever plausible location one chooses will lie in the tropics because, among other reasons, only in those areas are there feasible isthmuses located that could correspond to the "narrow neck of land" of the Nephites. Everywhere in those latitudes, war was normally carried on by the pre-Columbian inhabitants during a limited annual period. This paper investigates the evidence for seasonality of warfare in the Book of Mormon account and compares it with what is currently known about the timing of warfare in Mesoamerica.

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