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The Origin and Persistence of Mormon Horns

By June 9, 2015


Below I summarize (700 words) my 2015 MHA paper (3,000 words), ?The Origin and Persistence of Mormon Horns.? Note that I?ve blogged about Mormon horns before and almost all the images I used in the presentation have appeared in prior blog posts, so I?ve omitted them here.

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Mormon Horns 5-7/7: Civil War, Isms, and Miscellanea

By February 6, 2010


In conclusion: Mormon horns have piles of company and most of the folks keeping the idea were (probably still are) Mormon themselves.

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Mormon Horns 5/7: The Civil War

By February 3, 2010


The union army in the Civil War provided enough horns to make John the Revelator?s merely double-digitally horned beasts look like chumps. While cartoonists portrayed public figures as demons (see below), [1] a great many sources—from diaries during the war to unit histories forty years later—asserted that some Whites and African Americans in the South believed Yankees had actual horns. [2] Civil War horns provide a large data sample for examining, by analogy, the social dynamics of Mormon horn bestowal.

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Mormon Horns 6/7: Colonialism and Functionalism with Mormon Horns

By February 3, 2010


The idea of imperial expansion and colonization helps elucidate the Mormon horns phenomenon. [1] Similar to Yankee horns and Catholic/Protestant horns, Mormon horns seem to occur mostly in the context of ?invaders?/local minorities communicating with the center/majority.

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Mormon Horns 7/7: Miscellanea

By February 3, 2010


In the past several posts I?ve explored some aspects of the phenomenon of ?Mormon horns.? In this post I?ll throw out some observations that didn?t fit in well elsewhere.

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Mormon Horns 2-4/7: Meanings, Correlations, and Comparisons

By February 2, 2010


To avoid either dragging out this series inordinately or clogging up The Mormon Archipelago, I’ve broken a seven-part run into three posts with links to sub-pages. The links (to date) are below.

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Mormon Horns 4/7: If Mormons Wanted to Shake Things Up They Should Have Grown Wings

By February 2, 2010


In addition to the lack of evidence cited in the last post, two other issues stomp on my hypotheses about horns and take their lunch money, preventing them from explaining Mormon horns: timing and inspecificity.

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Mormon Horns 3/7: What Makes Horns Stick?

By February 2, 2010


I have three questions for this post: What might have put Mormons and horns in the same sentence? How might the verbs in those sentences have changed to ?have? or ?grow?; and Is there evidence that the verbs actually did so change?

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Mormon Horns 2/7: Meanings of ?X has horns?

By February 2, 2010


If the desired outcome of verbal communication is that ideas/feelings in my head end up as the same ideas/feelings in your head, verbal communication is a miserably inefficient and strife-engendering process—it?s just better than everything else we?ve tried. If someone, somewhere writes, ?Mormons have horns? or ?Mormons wear horns,? what might the idea in their head be?

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Mormon Horns 1/7: A Selected Chronology

By January 31, 2010


Last year I put up several posts about the construction and assignment of Mormon identity through the naming of animals, plants, places, etc. In the same vein, I hope to spend a few posts examining horns in a Mormon context.

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