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The Danites

03 Apr 2014, Posted by Leo in A Study in Scarlet, Articles

If one tries, it is not hard to imagine the wonder that must have been had for the colonies at the time Sherlock Holmes was published. It was a frontier, the edge of the ‘civilised’ world. From there came adventure, wonder and excitement. Even the cultures of the colonials were shaping into an exotic and strange oddity. And not least among these was Mormonism and the Danites; a fundamentalist militia within Mormonism that has the special privilege among religious groups to have been excommunicated by the holy founder himself. Mormonism was seen as a bizarre group. Based on the discoveries claimed by Joseph Smith in Missouri, self-styled prophet of Mormonism, the religion is based on new writings that add to the Christian traditions. The tablets that Smith found shed a new light on the history of The Bible, placing the United States as a central site and the actual promised…