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Mayan civilization and parallels to the Book of Mormon
Maya Ruins > Parallels to the Book of Mormon

Sites inhabited during Book of Mormon time frame - pre 400 AD

Becan
Calakmul
Chacchoban

Chicanna
Coba
Dzibilchaltun
Dzibanché
Edzna
Ek Balam
Hormiguero
Kinichna'
Kohunlich
Muyil
Oxtankah
Palenque
Xpuhil

Post Book of Mormon Sites

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints has not officially sanctioned any Mayan sites as Book of Mormon sites. All parallels are based on speculation by LDS archaeologists and historians, most of whom have spent years trying to find proof that the Book of Mormon exists among the many artifacts and temples that the Mayans have left behind. Those who are most respected have certainly found parallels, but are careful to state their ideas as theories and not as proof. A student of Mayan history and a believer of the church must not assume that these parallels represent church doctrine or get defensive when evidence points against writings in the Book of Mormon.

A good example of theory "running amok" is Stela #5, or the Tree of Life Stela. Once claimed in the 1950's to be a representation of Lehi's dream, there are now many theories as to what it represents both from LDS scholars and those outside the church.

Some parallels:

  • Many areas of the southern Yucatan (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize) were settled in about 600 BC, the same time that the people of the Book of Mormon landed in the Americas.
 

Last updated: April 18, 2008

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