Question: Since Nephi beheaded Laban, wouldn't there be a large amount of blood afterward?

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Question: Since Nephi beheaded Laban, wouldn't there be a large amount of blood afterward?

Decapitation: Reality versus media portrayals

Popular media often portrays death by sword as resulting in a literal torrent of blood that explodes all over the place soaking the victor in crimson as a gory token of his victory. But this is more Hollywood license than reality.

Consider this account of a Japanese veteran of World War II talking about when he stabbed a Chinese woman to death:

"I stabbed her. On television, you see a lot of blood flow out, but that's not the reality. I've cut people with swords, and you're not covered in blood. It doesn't splash like you see in movies. If you cut the neck, you see a bit of blood, but it's not like the films. I don't know how many people I've killed, but I've never experienced anything like that. When I killed that woman, I wasn't covered in blood. There was just a little blood flowing out from her heart."[1]

Thus, the amount of blood which modern readers imagine may well be exaggerated.

Furthermore, metal armor could easily be wiped off, and Nephi's deception took place at night, when dirtied clothes would be well hidden. Jerusalem in 600 BC was not equipped with street lights! All of this ignores, further, the role which the Lord's help could play in allowing Nephi to successfully deceive Zoram.


Notes

  1. James Bradley, Flyboys (Little, Brown and Company, 2003), 88. [This book documents Japanese atrocities during World War II, and is pretty grim and sickening reading.]