Sunday, September 25, 2005
I received e-mail alleging that the term "Great Spirit" used by some of the Lamanites in the Book of Mormon (Alma 18) is an anachronism in the Book of Mormon. The author alleges that it is not a part of original Native American culture, but is a term they picked up from Christian missionaries. That surprised me, because in my readings of Indian lore over the years, it seemed like it was a pretty pervasisve term and seemed to fit a variety of native beliefs reasonably well. Since I'm short on research time right now, I thought I'd toss this question out for your comments. Is the term "Great Spirit" as used in Alma something that really fits ancient Native American beliefs, or a modern import from contact with Christians?
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 9:04 AM