Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Are the Mayans the Nephites?
Traditionally, my people the Latter-day Saints have convinced themselves that the Toltecs and Mayans were two ancient civilizations: the Jaredites and the Nephites. However, the ancient documents that the Mayans wrote in their distinctive glyphic writing bears no resemblance to any thing that the Nephites could have wrote since the Nephites bear claim that they reformed the Egyptian writing system to their language.
To make a claim that they are is ludicrous because the writing system of the Maya bears absolutely no similarity to Demotic.
As you can see, there is no similarity. Nephites in Middle America is just something that can't be done. However, it is possible that the Nephites lived somewhere else . . . But not in the Yucatan Pennisula. It's just not possible that they'd live there. Further proof that the Maya could not be the Nephites is presented in this Nova Program:
So, who are the Nephites? With the time we have, we will never ever find out to everyone's satisfaction as to who they are. The Nephites -- a Christian civilization in America whose record was recorded on gold plates and translated by Joseph Smith into the Book of Mormon -- will be a mystery to Archaeology for a long, long time.