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Between Pulpit and Pew

W. Paul Reeve

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ISBN 10: 0874218381 / ISBN 13: 9780874218381
Editorial: Utah State University Press, 2011
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Título: Between Pulpit and Pew

Editorial: Utah State University Press

Año de publicación: 2011

Encuadernación: PAP

Condición del libro:New

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Cain wanders the frontier as a Bigfoot-like hairy beast and confronts an early Mormon apostle. An evil band of murderers from Mormon scripture, known as the Gadianton robbers, provides an excuse for the failure of a desert town. Stories of children raised from the dead with decayed bodies and damaged minds help draw boundaries between the proper spheres of human and divine action. Mormons who observe UFOs in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries find ways to explain them in relation to the church’s cosmology. The millenarian dimension of that belief system induces church members to invest in the Dream Mine, a hidden treasure that a would-be heir to Joseph Smith wraps in prophecy of the end times. A Utah version of Nessie haunts a large mountain lake. Non-Mormons attempt to discredit Joseph Smith with tales that he had tried and failed to walk on water.

Mormons gave distinctive meanings to supernatural legends and events, but their narratives incorporated motifs found in many cultures. Many such historical legends and beliefs found adherents down to the present. This collection employs folklore to illuminate the cultural and religious history of a people.

About the Author:

Michael Scott Van Wagenen is an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University and author of Remembering the Forgotten War: The Enduring Legacies of the U.S.-Mexican War and The Texas Republic and the Mormon Kingdom of God. Paul Reeve is an associate professor at the University of Utah and author of Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes.

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