A Dictionary of the Book of Mormon/Paanchi

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PAANCHI. A son of Pahoran, the elder, who, upon the death of his father, aspired to the vacant judgment seat. When the choice of the Nephite people fell on his brother, Pahoran, the younger, Paanchi, raised the standard of revolt, in which he was sustained by the sympathies of a large body of the people. Before he could put his revolutionary intentions into action he was arrested, tried and condemned to death (B. C. 52). This prompt action excited great anger among his followers, and they employed an assassin named Kishkumen, who was a prominent man among them, to murder the new Chief Judge. This he successfully accomplished without discovery. It was among the dissatisfied and turbulent followers of Paanchi that the Gadianton robbers appear to have had their origin.