Minerva Teichert, 1949-1951
At first glance, this scene appears to be a celebration of innocence and purity—beautiful Lamanite maidens adorned in white dresses and floral leis dance along the shimmering water’s edge. But a closer examination exposes an ominous situation. The sinister priests emerge– a faceless evil– to abduct their victims. Their operation is carried out quickly and quietly, for the maidens in front are unaware of what is happening behind them. Nor do they notice a man about to capture one of them. Another priest creeps through the bushes on the left to grab the legs of his unsuspecting victim. Tension is heightened by the backdrop of foliage and volcanic mountains, which allow no room for the maidens’ escape.