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  1. Reed Russell

    Nibley also found similar parallels within the Egyptian “Opening of the Mouth” ceremony wherein the mouth was officially opened by an instrument usually called an adze, and various parts of the body were anointed with oil. One was anointed on the mouth, eyes, ears and different parts of the reconstituted body thus making it so “the mouth, eyes, and ears can breathe, eat, see, and hear, and the arms can act and the legs can walk.”

  2. A good book on this topic is:

    T. Mails and D. Evehema, Hotevilla: Hopi Shrine of the Covenant : Microcosm of the World (Treasure Chest, 1996) ISBN 1569248109

  3. I enjoy your daily commetary on current and former Temples. Your indepth effort to seek
    other LDS writings makes it more interesting each week.

    Thanks for your efforts

    Brother Losse

  4. Interesting post. I operate the online gallery, Ancient Nations and happened upon your blog. I also served an LDS mission among the Hopi people and was amazed by the parallels and correlations between their traditions and the restored gospel (especially origin stories, and temple rituals). I’ve read some of Nibley’s writing, and I’m fascinated. There’s another book out there called “Visual Testament: And the Israelite Indian ” comparing Hopis and Hebrews by Tom Cryer. It’s not very professional, but it’s loaded with information. You kind of have to sort through it yourself. If anyone has any questions or wants to contact me, feel free. (Nice image of the Crow Mother, by the way – thanks for the credit).

  5. Pahana

    Unfortunately this story is a third person account of viewing a puberty ceremony that all Native American tribes practice in different fashions. Religious parallels can be drawn from every religion. It’s only a perspective that one wishes to see. What I was hoping to see was some commentary from the actual Hopi people in this article that help supports the claim. Unfortunately, there was none. I will be paying a visit to the Hopi land and will be asking their traditionalist for their viewpoint of the Mormon and Hopi connection. I’ll be going directly to the source.

  6. Gregory Matthew

    It is true that one often sees what he is looking for, regardless of reality. It is also true that what one wants to see may be the reality. If you found reality to be exactly what you were looking for, and they were actually the same, how else could you report it? This story is great. It is not proof, nor presented as such, but is evidence as stated. It makes me want to get a first hand experience myself. But as most of the world is not able to go to Hopi land, this reporting is important. This story is not comprehensive, and of course further investigation is necessary for anyone wishing to know all the facts of the matter.

  7. Jody Livingston

    I find this very interesting, I am actually doing a comparison between the Hopi and the Anti Nephi Lehites in regards to the theory purposed by Dr. Jerry Ainsworth. I am reading the book that Bill Hamblin suggested on this topic. I was listening to a talk by Hugh Nibley on temples and he suggested the same book and told of a few of his experiences among the Hopi that were quite interesting including the reaction of some of his friends from Hebrew Univ in Isreal when he took them to Hotevilla and they saw a woman making a prayer schall and she called it a sheesh the same thing the did in Israel and some other people he brought hearing the children singing the same chants he grew up singing in Israel. Its extremely fascinating. I know that Hugh Nibley did rebuke either the church or BYU or both for their involvment in the Peabody Coal minning issue. I just can’t get enough of Hughes insites into the Hopi…..what a brilliant man.

  8. Jody Livingston

    Yeah, its Hugh Nibley “Temples Everywhere”. I don’t know what year it was given though, but I’ll try to find out.

  9. Jody Livingston

    I recently finished reading the book that Brandon Bosworth noted above “Visual Testament” by Tom Cryers and yes it is filled with a lot of information. I would recommend it to anyone who is putting serious time and consideration into the comparisons between the Jews and the Hopi. I’ve been lucky enough to go to Hopi and see some ceremonial dances and know a man who is currently an “adopted” Hopi who has been in their Kiva numerous times. He also recommended the same book. Without name dropping I will tell you that he is a very active LDS member as well. My Uncle William Bush served his mission with the Hopi and was able to go into a kiva in Hotevilla or possibly Oraibi ( I’m experiencing a brain fart sorry), anyway without going into detail due to the promises he made as a missionary when he was invited with his companion into the Kiva he basically summed it up as having many similarities to the LDS temple ceremony. Anyways this has become somewhat of a passion for me recently over the past year or two so….just go and get the book an stop reading my post!!!

  10. JRSG

    It is interesting when a critic of the LDS religion show parallels of the Book of Mormon and other secular books of Joseph Smith’s time, it is accepted as a smoking gun and fact that Joseph Smith himself wrote the BofM by copying other Authors. Yet, when LDS people show parallels between LDS rituals, teachings, and what have you, the critics and general populace dismiss it as pure wishful thinkful thinking on the part of the LDS people and scholars. What a double standard and hypocrisy.

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