By D. Michael Quinn
This completely researched exam into occult traditions surrounding Smith, his family members, and different founding Mormons can't be understated. one of the practices now not part of Mormonism are using divining rods for revelation, astrology to figure out the easiest occasions to conceive little ones and plant vegetation, the research of cranium contours to appreciate character characteristics, magic formulation applied to find misplaced estate, and the donning of protecting talismans. Ninety-four images and illustrations accompany the text.
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Nevertheless, Clarke himself waffled: “it is not at all likely that Joseph practised any kind of 2 EARLY AMERICA’S HERITAGE OF RELIGION AND MAGIC divination, yet probably, according to the superstition of those times... supernatu ral influence might be attributed to his cup” (emphasis in original). ”16 Other scholars have pointed to striking environmental parallels to Joseph’s silver cup of divination: “On the walls of the Hall of Divination in one of the buildings at Nineveh, soothsayers are shown looking into cups....
6 In discussing “names and magic,” Brigham Young University religion professor Truman G. ”7 Until the late nineteenth century, conventional scholarship transliterated God’s name in the Hebrew Bible as “this Tetragrammaton, or four-lettered name, (Heb. 9 Because God’s name was unutterable among the Hebrews, they invested the Tetragrammaton with enormous power. ”10 D. S. ”11 The Bible indicates that the patriarch Jacob was interested in names of power and in magic rods. In Genesis 32:24-30, he wrestled all night with “a man” (Hos.
79 For Thomas Jefferson and other rationalists, visions or miracles were irra tional and magical fantasies whether contemporary or biblical. 80 Nevertheless, many American rationalists were unwilling to reject biblical instances of magic beliefs. ”81 Despite such efforts to make religion rational and to banish the miraculous, there remained throughout the early modem period a strong current of belief in such things. This was especially true of rural dwellers who were 90 percent of the pre-industrial population.