Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile

Monday, March 1, 2001

'Show me the plates' - MbY

Part II:  Jesus of Book of Mormon linked

to First Nations' account of 'Daganawida'

 

by Maggid ben Yoseif / credentials

2010 Jerusalem Torah Voice

"What is written on the plates is true, so show me the plates."  So concludes a five-year study of the Book of Mormon and related LDS doctrine.  It is how we answer the question in the book posed by the angel, Moroni.  But we have a question for Moroni, "Why didn't you direct young Joseph Smith Jr., to take the plates to the Haudenosaunee and the Seneca House of Peace at Ganondagon only 15 miles from his home?"

What interests us more than the Book of Mormon is the plates themselves, reputedly taken back by the angel Moroni after their reported "translation" was completed. This is because it was common for the Haudenosaunee (HO-D'NO-SAW'-NEE) -- the Longhouses of the Iroquois Six Nations, which include the Seneca -- to hide their ancient writings engraved on golden plates.  Otherwise, the Turtle Men (the Spanish soldiers) were known for robbing them and melting the gold.  White Buffalo Calf Woman and the Zuni Lady in White gave the same command to other Native Americans.  The Hill Cumorah where young Smith claims Moroni showed him the plates is within the land of the Six Nations.  It is logical to believe the plates may have been an early history of one or more of the Six Nations or possibly some of the Haudenosaunee sacred writings hidden from the Spaniards.

Paleface peacemaker ended cannibalism, gave Great Law

The Haudenosaunee chronicles of Daganawida (DAH-GAN-AH-WE-DAH) or the Peacemaker as he was/is also known, tell of a paleface Huron "hero" who came to power during a time of great sorrow. War paint was on the faces of all braves.  The people were afraid to leave their stockaded villages even to forage for food. No one could be trusted. Cannibalism was part of the ancient cult of the Snake Priests of the Mound Builders, and these priests because of supernatural powers, ruled in fear. Everyone had lost loved ones. All hearts were on the ground in sorrow. The last Little Ice Age had also depleted the hunting grounds so that humans were now the easiest and sometimes the only prey for humans. Having been conditioned toward cannibalism by the Snake Priests, the Mound Builders' way became common.  Even Hiawatha, who later became the spokesman for Daganawida, is believed to have consumed human flesh.

Then arrives Daganawida sometime around 950 C.E., according to the earliest records, although some Iroquois historians claim he arrived much earlier.   When he came, he ended the warring and cannibalism between rival Native Americans, and gave the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) their Gayanashagowa (G'YA'-NA SHA-GOW'-AH) Great Law.  The Great Law allowed complete individual freedom and at the same time created a society of "no poor, no orphans and no jails." A two-house system, it used diplomacy to spread its influence.  The Great Law advocated looking ahead seven generations to determine the impact of every decision on future generations.

Great Law called for perpetual matriarchal rule

In addition to peace, the Peacemaker taught brotherly love, justice, reason and compassion, including mourning and condolence ceremonies for the healing of the people after a great loss.  Due to friendships with the Haudenosaunee cultivated by both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, the Great Law and its two-house system was the later model for much of the government specified in the U.S. Constitution, but missing the Law's provision for a perpetual matriarchal rule, and "no poor, no orphans and no jails."  (The later advocates of suffrage used the matriarchal rule clause in the Great Law -- omitted from the earlier patriarchally framed Constitution -- to promote and finally win rights for women).

In other words, the story of Daganawida and his system of matriarchal rule through a line of Jikohnsaseh (J'CON-SAH-SEH), the first being the Great Peace Woman of the Wendot Neutrals, is a logical conclusion to the account in the Book of Mormon.  Descendants of rival brothers in patriarchal succession war for a thousand years until only one line of Lehi (LAY-HE) ben M'nashe ben Yoseif -- the Lamanites -- remains.  Descendants of the other sons of Lehi have either been killed or have become Lamanites.  Then comes the Peacemaker, Daganawida, whose name means "two rivers running together." According to his mother and his grandmother he was born of a virgin.

Just 15 miles from Joseph Smith's front door was a record of a "messiah figure" among the Native Americans, reputedly born of a virgin, which to Joseph Smith would have meant, "Another testament of Jesus Christ."

Proceed to Part III 

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