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Three times in the Book of Mormon, the practice of the "bad guys" shaving their heads is mentioned. (Once "shaved," twice "shorn"). Twice it is Lamanites, a cultural practice, once a Nephite robber band that might be dismissed as an anomaly.

Do you suppose this might have any bearing on theories about which ancient American peoples might have been descendants of Lehites? Were North American natives around Joseph Smith's corner of the continent in 1830 more likely to go smooth on top than their cousins to the south in Meso and South America, based on anthropological or other evidence (thus making this a possible anachronism?)

Interesting too, that shaving the head would have been unthinkable to a pious Jew (look what it did to Sampson) based on the Mosaic law, so perhaps the compilers of the Book of Mormon mentioned it to stress the full apostasy of the Lamanites.

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Three times in the Book of Mormon, the practice of the "bad guys" shaving their heads is mentioned. (Once "shaved," twice "shorn"). Twice it is Lamanites, a cultural practice, once a Nephite robber band that might be dismissed as an anomaly.

Do you suppose this might have any bearing on theories about which ancient American peoples might have been descendants of Lehites? Were North American natives around Joseph Smith's corner of the continent in 1830 more likely to go smooth on top than their cousins to the south in Meso and South America, based on anthropological or other evidence (thus making this a possible anachronism?)

Interesting too, that shaving the head would have been unthinkable to a pious Jew (look what it did to Sampson) based on the Mosaic law, so perhaps the compilers of the Book of Mormon mentioned it to stress the full apostasy of the Lamanites.

Samson was a Nazarite, not cutting the hair was part of the vow. Not all Israelites were Nazarites.

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Samson was a Nazarite, not cutting the hair was part of the vow. Not all Israelites were Nazarites.

Yes, of course everyday Jews cut their hair but were careful to avoid doing so in a ritual way like their pagan neighbors. Such was proscribed by the Law.

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Uh, have you ever heard of a "Mohawk"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohawk_hairstyle

The mohawk hairstyle is named for, and often associated with, the people of the Mohawk nation, an indigenous people of North America who originally inhabited the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York.

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You are going to have to find evidence of them shaving their heads during BOM times. The Mohawk didn't even exist during The Book of Mormon, so it doesn't matter what they did because they were way too late to be used as BOM evidence.

"The Olmecs were head-hunters who tanned the hides of their enemies. They tattooed their own bodies, flattened and shaved their heads, blackend and filed their teeth."

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Do you suppose this might have any bearing on theories about which ancient American peoples might have been descendants of Lehites? Were North American natives around Joseph Smith's corner of the continent in 1830 more likely to go smooth on top than their cousins to the south in Meso and South America, based on anthropological or other evidence (thus making this a possible anachronism?)

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Let me get this straight. We are speculating about possible evidence, which you do not have, so that we might be able to creatively come up with a "possible anachronism"?

Based on evidence which would be totally unprovable to start with?

Gosh, that's just a really fine idea.

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Three times in the Book of Mormon, the practice of the "bad guys" shaving their heads is mentioned. (Once "shaved," twice "shorn"). Twice it is Lamanites, a cultural practice, once a Nephite robber band that might be dismissed as an anomaly.

Do you suppose this might have any bearing on theories about which ancient American peoples might have been descendants of Lehites? Were North American natives around Joseph Smith's corner of the continent in 1830 more likely to go smooth on top than their cousins to the south in Meso and South America, based on anthropological or other evidence (thus making this a possible anachronism?)

Interesting too, that shaving the head would have been unthinkable to a pious Jew (look what it did to Sampson) based on the Mosaic law, so perhaps the compilers of the Book of Mormon mentioned it to stress the full apostasy of the Lamanites.

Here is a link to pictures of American Indian people in the United States during the times of Joseph Smith. The volumes were published in 1836, 1838 and 1841.

http://fax.libs.uga.edu/E77xM13/1f/

You can read each of the three volumes in pdf. The author Thomas L. McKenney was the first U.S. Superintendent of Indian Affairs.

Also keep in mind that Joseph Smith's journal in November 1835 has the words that Moroni told him.

http://beta.josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/journal-1835

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Underlining added.

Let me get this straight. We are speculating about possible evidence, which you do not have, so that we might be able to creatively come up with a "possible anachronism"?

Based on evidence which would be totally unprovable to start with?

Gosh, that's just a really fine idea.

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