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  •  Mormonism and the "lost tribes" (5+ / 0-)

    One of the older views of Mormonism is that "[T]he Lamanites are among the principal ancestors of the American Indians." No one quite says how, though there are theories that the lost tribal members made their way to Asia and then to the Americas, though there's the little problem of predating by ten thousand years or so, plus the time to get to Asia from the ME, but hey, God's part of this picture, so maybe it's miraculous. I don't know, but my dad, an historian, near the end of his life and sick, decided that the Book of Mormon answered the whole origin of Native Americans question.

    It could be that OSC is rolling around in that myth as well. He did a trippy series of books, The Tales of Alvin Maker, that have the American Indian tribes own all the land west of the Mississippi through an alternate series of events in colonial times. As I read the first book I thought of my dad's acceptance of Mormon theory of Native American origin and wondered if Card was Mormon. Latter I wasn't surprised to find out he was.

    •  earthfall (1+ / 0-)
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      earthfall is another series that can be read as mormon allegory.

      it also has similar co-dependent aliens like in the ender series. no idea if that fits mormon theology.

    •  The Alvin series started off as a good idea (0+ / 0-)

      and I wish he'd spend his time finishing the damn thing instead of doing all that Endless Waggin crap (not to mention the right wing potboilers).  

      I don't even mind that Alvin is supposed to be Joseph Smith. Hey, it's a fantasy novel. You can do that there.

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 08:31:39 AM PDT

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