Sacred Symbols of the Dogon

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  • Copyright: 2007-10-12
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions
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Dogon cosmology provides a new Rosetta stone for reinterpreting Egyptian hieroglyphs

• Provides a new understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs as scientific symbols based on Dogon cosmological drawings

• Use parallels between Dogon and Egyptian word meanings to identify relationships between Dogon myths and modern science

In The Science of the Dogon, Laird Scranton demonstrated that the cosmological structure described in the myths and drawings of the Dogon runs parallel to modern science--atomic theory, quantum theory, and string theory--their drawings often taking the same form as accurate scientific diagrams that relate to the formation of matter. Scranton also pointed to the close resemblance between the keywords and component elements of Dogon cosmology and those of ancient Egypt, and the implication that ancient cosmology may also be about actual science.

Sacred Symbols of the Dogon uses these parallels as the starting point for a new interpretation of the Egyptian hieroglyphic language. By substituting Dogon cosmological drawings for equivalent glyph-shapes in Egyptian words, a new way of reading and interpreting the Egyptian hieroglyphs emerges. Scranton shows how each hieroglyph constitutes an entire concept, and that their meanings are scientific in nature. Using the Dogon symbols as a “Rosetta stone,” he reveals references within the ancient Egyptian language that define the full range of scientific components of matter: from massless waves to the completed atom, even suggesting direct correlations to a fully realized unified field theory.

Author Biography

Laird Scranton is an independent software designer who became interested in Dogon mythology and symbolism in the early 1990s. He has studied ancient myth, language, and cosmology for nearly 10 years and has been a lecturer at Colgate University. He is the author of The Science of the Dogon and also appears in John Anthony West’s Magical Egypt DVD series. He lives in Albany, New York.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction to Dogon Science in the Egyptian Hieroglyphsp. 1
Science and the Structure of Matterp. 20
Dogon Cosmologyp. 30
Dogon Symbols and Egyptian Glyphsp. 39
Defining Egyptian Glyphsp. 51
Egyptian Concepts of Astrophysicsp. 63
Egyptian Glyphs, Words, and Deitiesp. 82
The Nummo Fishp. 96
Symbolic Structure of the Egyptian Languagep. 307
The Tuatp. 133
Egyptian Phonetic Valuesp. 346
Revisiting the Symbolism of Dogon Cosmologyp. 168
Conclusionp. 197
Afterwordp. 231
Egyptian Glyphs by Conceptp. 219
Ideographic Word Examplesp. 226
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 248
Indexp. 249
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