Mormonism and the Magic World View

Early Mormonism and the Magic World View


In this ground-breaking book, D. Michael Quinn masterfully reconstructs an earlier age, finding ample evidence for folk magic in nineteenth-century New England, as he does in Mormon founder Joseph Smith’s upbringing. Quinn discovers that Smith’s world was inhabited by supernatural creatures whose existence could be both symbolic and real. He explains that the Smith family’s treasure digging was not unusual for the times and is vital to understanding how early Mormons interpreted developments …

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A photo of a magic parchment owned by Joseph Smith’s brother, Hyrum(r/exmormon)

This is the “Holiness to the Lord” parchment, found among Hyrum Smith’s belongings after his death. It is further evidence that the Smiths practiced folk magic. A number of similar items were found among his belongings at that time:

Here is the “Saint Peter Bind Them” parchment.

Here is a graphical reproduction of the “Jehovah, Jehovah, Jehovah” parchment.

Here is the inscribed dagger.

…all found among Hyrum’s belongings. Also, on Joseph Smith’s body was found this Jupiter Talisman.

They won’t teach you any of that in Sunday School. For more information I recommend D. Michael Quinn’s book Early Mormonism and the Magical World View.

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D. Michael Quinn

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