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These are the legends of the healer. From the Polynesian Islands to the eastern seaboard of the United States, from Canada to South America, they called him by different names - the Healer, the Prophet, the Miracle Worker, God of the Dawn Light, the Wind God, the Teacher, the White-Robed Master.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Press; Second Printing edition (1964)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000NSM3K4
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,371,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A. Rowle on March 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Anthropologist L. Taylor Hansen, long fascinated with Indian history and legends, traces legends of Indians of the Pacific and American continent which all seem to include an account of a white bearded healer who visited them anciently (probably during the 1st century) taught each group a philosophy of love, performed miraculous healings, curiously controlled forces of nature and established a Priesthood of 12 elders. After traveling throughout the Americas, he departed by sea from the ancient city of Tula on the Yucatan pennisula with the promise that he would return in the future. Hansen never claims this legendary healer was Christ, but the similarities are remarkable. The Book of Mormon reports that Christ also visited the American continent. It is reported Hansen had never heard of the Book of Mormon when he wrote his account. Interesting read, particularly for those wondering if Christ visited other lands.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 1998
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This is an amazing work involving a lot of people who wanted to know more than what we have been told. In error we have been taught much that is conjecture based on no real evidence. The American Indians/Native Americans have a rich history which was not written in ways scholars can understand. Much is verbal in legend form.
The main personage is The Healer, The Prophet, The God of Wind And Water, and many other titles given to him by people long gone but still here thru the continuation of their stories. The stories are now legend, but have a feel of reality about them.
The Healer most assuredly did live and most assuredly did things above and beyond the ordinary. A Healer/Prophet of similar stature lived in the eastern Mediterranean area some 2000 years ago. His efforts were received with mixed reactions. The American Healer/Prophet was reveived enthusiactically almost without exception.
Were these two the same person? The Mormons think so, and so do I even tho I am not Mormon.
It is a book well worth reading for knowledge or for entertainment. It is well written and easy to understand.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Lee on November 9, 2010
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Hansen spent at least a decade of her life researching these tribal stories from the indigenous peoples throughout the South Pacific, So. and No. America, and Central America.

The fact that she went to college and studied archeology and anthropology is not as impressive to me as her ABILITY TO RELAY RESPECT TO INDIGENOUS/NATIVE AMERICAN ELDERS AND LISTEN TO THEM!

The couple of critics of this book want to imply what is needed is more education, peer reviews, and more sophisticated "proof" than Native Elders. That is offensive to cultures who honored the "story-tellers", and the Elders of their tribes.

As far as scientific goes...what could be more statistical science than to ask "how could all these various cultures have such a similar, nearly identical description over such a gigantic section of our planet? By what means could they, a more primitive peoples, have collaborated this, if not true. And, what reason would they have for describing a great white prophet when their skins were dark?

WHAT THIS AUTHOR DEMONSTRATED WAS THE RARE ABILITY TO GIVE SO MUCH OF HER LIFE LISTENING TO THESE BEAUTIFUL NATIVE PEOPLES AND GIVING HONOR TO WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY.

She does not claim this to be the same Messiah Savior as many white people worship; nor does she belittle what they have to say. She does the wisest thing...she lets the reader know what she has found and make their own decision. She simply allows the voices filled with simple faith to be told.

Personally, I believe her. This amazing white prophet with his robe and sandals who walks on water, performs miracles, teaches LOVE, and wins their hearts is to me, the same Savior.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2002
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I am not sure how the author was able to figure out the order in which this person traveled through the Americas. However, that being beside the point, what is fascinating is that there are so many legends and stories of a person who walked the Americas. Someone who could heal and teach and believed in peace and love.
The similarities to Christ as fascinating. Particularly when you consider the Book of Mormon, another testiment in Christ, indicates that yes, Christ did walk and teach the people who lived here.
Even more amazing is that these stories in this book are only the tip of the ice berg so to speak- many of the stories refer to other stories that are about this man who walked and taught over here.
It is my understanding that there are stories among the Indians of floods that covered the Earth and other stories that are similar to the Bible Stories. So this really shouldn't be such a big surprise.
This is one book I'm not sorry I bought and read.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Julie Hansen on August 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book. It is a fact that if a thing is true, proof exists. The problem is to find it. In this book has the truth been found? Did Jesus visit America and its Indians? Do the Indians know that he did? Do they believe in Him? Are there evidences of His teachings here? Do the Indians follow these teachings? It would seem that the answer to these questions is an unqualified yes. The answers are in this beautiful book. This book not only records Indian legends and history it also supports some truths of the L.D.S. Church. For example on page 56 it shows exactly the shaping of the stones into LIGHTS (pages 482,2 and 4 of Thir Ether). A remarkable book.
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