Ep 88 – Japan and The Lost Tribes

Written by on July 7, 2014

Glenn is joined by Brad, Nick, and Allison to discuss the true relevance of Japanese culture and history when viewed through the lens of Mormonism.

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  1. Brad   On   July 8, 2014 at 2:30 am

    As I listened to the Japanese being linked to the Ten Lost Tribes, it reminded me of all of the work done by Hugh Nibley and others linking the Book of Mormon to every ancient middle eastern culture possible through language, tradition, and geography. Kind of funny that the BoM was linking a made up culture to the Lost Tribes as well. The Mormons have gotten very good at making a new religion look old. I wished that would have occurred to me as we recorded the podcast so I could get other peoples take on it.

  2. Travis Gower   On   July 10, 2014 at 3:58 am

    I downloaded this episode from iTunes and it cut off around 1:22:00 as Glenn described how the people at the Utah/root beer party were weeping at Legacy. When I play here on the website, that point in the episode is at about 00:58:49. What gives?

    • Bob Caswell   On   July 10, 2014 at 5:21 am

      Hi Travis, do you know when you (or iTunes automatically on your behalf) downloaded it? We had a glitch early Monday morning during which time there might have been the wrong file uploaded for a few hours. But if you delete it and have iTunes re-download, it should be fixed. The one on the website (and on iTunes now) is the right one.

  3. kogware   On   August 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I was in Japan on my mission at least ten years before y’all were (Japan, Tokyo) and these beliefs were well established when I was there as well. When there as a missionary it was yet another proof that the church was worldwide and all inclusive. We were truly brothers and sisters. Alas, if it weren’t for that pesky DNA thing…

  4. DCL   On   February 11, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Wow, I’m 7 months late to this but it really took me back. I was in Okayama from 95-97, and all of the weird mormon-japanese-missionary cultural accretions are well dissected here. The version I taught at the MTC was how the physical layout of Shinto shrines resembled the ancient tabernacle, i.e., the two chambered layout with the holy of holies, etc. I can’t say I ever really believed this stuff, but was a willing consumer and dispenser of it nevertheless.

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