The Man Come From Heaven

In the Book of Mormon we read of the coming of Christ among the Nephites:

and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them…And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world…And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him. -3 Nephi 11:8-17 (link)

Clavigero tells us about a tradition that the early Jesuits described among the natives in the central desert of the peninsula:

“Those Cochimies who live beyond 30°, made mention of a man who came from Heaven in ancient times to benefit men. And for this reason, they call him Tamá ambei ucambi tevivichi, that is, “The Man come from Heaven.”…they celebrate a holiday named after “the Man come from Heaven”…When the day designated for the feast arrived, they selected a youth to represent the person of that deity…The disguised youth, when it was at length time to let himself be seen, appeared on the summit of the hill, and from there descended, running very swiftly to the bower, in which he was received by all with much rejoicing” -Clavigero 1789, Translated in 1937 by Sara E. Lake & A. A. Gray; p110-111 (link)

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