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Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore
Cain wanders the frontier as a Bigfoot-like hairy beast and confronts an early Mormon apostle. An evil band of murderers from Mormon scripture, known as the Gadianton robbers, provides an excuse for the failure of a desert town. Stories of children raised from the dead with decayed bodies and damaged minds help draw boundaries between the proper spheres of human and divine ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by Utah State University Press
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Jul 20, 2018 Owlseyes inside Notre Dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...30-minutes wait to call the firemen...and marked it as to-read
"The interesting thing we discovered about the Latter-day-Saint fascination with UFOs and modern day monsters is that it predates the popularization of these phenomena in mid-twentieth century. Prominent members of the Church began witnessing these things as far back as the early 1830's. (...) Big Foot was believed to be Cain (...) UFO's were believed to be the Second Coming of Jesus (...). (...) close encounters during the 1950's, the interpretation of the UFO's evolved to become evidenc ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Quinn Rollins rated it really liked it
When I was a pup, I remember being out on a hike with my troop of Boy Scouts. It was the late 1980's, and we were in the high Uintas, a mountain range in Eastern Utah. I was growing tired of my comrades, and lagged behind enough that I could hear myself think...and suddenly felt like I was being watched. "Cain," I thought, and ran until I was back with my group. At some point in my life, I had learned the bit of Mormon folklore that Cain, son of Adam and Eve and the first murderer on our shiny n ...more
Bigfoot and Cain, UFO's, the Bear Lake Monster, a Dream Mine for end times, walking on water, raising the dead, and Gadianton ghosts. "Between Pulpit and Pew" is a collection of essays on Mormon history and folklore. A really fun little collection--quirky, engaging, sympathetic, and academic all at once.
The book is a collection of articles on Mormon folklore and urban legends. The beginning of the book chronicles a LDS urban legend that spread via email a few years ago. The story supposedly came from a talk by Boyd K. Packer. However, he never made the statement and the LDS Church struggled to stop the spread of the story. The author believes some of the ideas in the story may have originated from a talk given by motivational speaker Jack Marshall. The talk was mentioned in Brad Wilcox's Tips f ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Iosephvs Bibliothecarivs rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
If you live in a predominantly Mormon area, you may have heard stories linking the biblical Cain to Bigfoot, or whispers about the Bear Lake Monster. Have you ever wanted to know more about the intersection between Mormonism and the supernatural? Where did these stories originate? Why do they perpetuate? Seven such topics are examined in this recent release from USU Press.
Each of the articles is written by a different author, so it is hard to rate the whole book. Suffice it to say, some of the articles are more entertaining than others. Not a major source of profundities, but an entertaining read that can be easily skimmed.
W. Paul Reeve holds the Simmons Mormon Studies Professorship in the History Department at the University of Utah where he teaches courses on Utah history, Mormon history, and the history of the U.S. West. His book, Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, (Oxford, 2015) received the Mormon History Association’s Best Book Award, the John Whitmer Historical Associat ...more