Sacred Symbols of the Dogon by Laird Scranton

Sacred Symbols of the Dogon by Laird Scranton

Through an intense fascination with the mystical beliefs and mysterious practices of the Dogon Tribe of Africa, author and researcher Laird Scranton has once again re-evaluated the original published research from the 1930s within a more modern context.

Sacred Symbols of the Dogon: The Key to Advanced Science in the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs investigates the possible connections between the symbolic languages of the Dogon and the hieroglyphs of their near neighbours the Ancient Egyptians.

Drawing on his many years of experience and knowledge into the fields of science, symbolism and ancient knowledge, Laird Scranton presents his re-evaluation of the hieroglyphic and symbolic representations of both cultures in a new and thought-provoking way.

From consideration of the scientific components of matter, the massless waves through to the nature and form of the atom the author weaves an eye-opening and challenging vista upon ancient and supposedly primitive, cultures whos’ true nature and form we have yet to fully comprehend.

Book Details

  • Title: Sacred Symbols of the Dogon: The Key to Advanced Science in the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs
  • Author: Laird Scranton
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company (10 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594771340

Book Contents

  • Foreward by John Anthony West
  • Acknowledgements
  • One. Introduction to Dogon Science in the Egyptian Hieroglyphs
  • Two. Science and the Structure of Matter
  • Three. Dogon Cosmology
  • Four. Dogon Symbols and Egyptian Glyphs
  • Five. Defining Egyptian Hieroglyphs
  • Six. Egyptian Concepts of Astrophysics
  • Seven. Egyptian Glyphs, Words and Deities
  • Eight. The Nummo Fish
  • Nine. Symbolic Structure of the Egyptian Language
  • Ten. The Tuart
  • Eleven. Egyptian Phoenetic Values
  • Twelve. Revisiting the Symbolism of Dogon Cosmology
  • Thirteen. Conclusions
  • Afterword
  • Appendix A. Egyptian Glyphs by Concepts
  • Appendix B. Ideographs: Word Examples
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index


Over the course of history, many attempts have been made to decipher the meaning of Egyptian Heiroglyphs.

As far back as the 5th century, Horapollo – one of the last members of the Ancient Egyptian Priesthood — compiled his Hieroglyphica, which presented the meanings of some 200 common glyphs but which incorporated several errors and mis-interpretations.

In the 9th and 10th century, Arab historians approached the hieroglyphs and offered their interpretations; once again, with limited success.

Eventually, it was as a result of the the discovery of the Rosetta Stone – an Ancient Egyptian stele — by Napoleons’ troops in 1799 that offered the first real opportunity to decipher the ancient language. However, it was not until the 1820s that the final breakthrough came when Jean-François Champollion completed a full decipherment of the stone.

To the Western mind, Egyptian hieroglyphs appear as a complicated form of writing. It is a language that includes figurative, symbolic and phonetic information – and often all at the same time! Add to this the fact that the relationship and positioning between the glyphs can also change their meaning you can understand why the language became superceeded over time by simpler and more coherent systems of communication.

Most of today’s anthropological interpretation of the Egyptian culture and its sacred artifacts rely upon Champollion’s interpretation of the hieroglyphic writing that can be found on Ancient Egyptian temple walls and stone tablets. Indeed the way that we evaluate the culture was founded draws upon the same sources.

In short, what we understand of the Egyptians is purely as a result of the information that we think is trying to be transmitted to us over the centuries. Many are starting to question whether our established understanding of Ancient Egypt is not somewhat screwed by our own blinkered assumptions regarding the history and formation of this once mighty civilisation.

In Sacred Symbols of the Dogon – the second in a series of books on the Dogon (check out my reviews of The Science of the Dogon here), historian Laird Scranton investigates not only the possible esoteric meanings behind Dogon sacred ritual, myths, and legends, but also reveals how these can actually find common links towards a much deeper understanding of the Egyptian hieroglyphs — what they represented and the concepts that they underpin.

Scranton believes that he has identified specific and important links between cutting-edge scientific concepts behind 21st century quantum physics, the sacred symbols of Dogon mythology and the core principles of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. In Sacred Symbols, he presents, discusses and evaluates these connections and reveals his firm conviction that not only did the Dogon truly have access to highly advanced scientific knowledge but that this information formed the basis to the newly-emerging culture of Ancient Egypt.

Summing Up

Sacred Symbols of the Dogon is a carefully considered piece of work that is entirely successful in presenting some challenging ideas in a comprehensible way. Considering that it encapsulates three quite divergent and apparently un-related subjects, it does a great job in weaving a narrative that is, for an essentially non-scientific mind, comfortable to integrate.

This is a book that has deep implications for the way that we consider not only the meanings of hieroglyphs but also the way that we interpret the strange and bizarre depictions of Ancient Egyptians in wall paintings that, tantalisingly, suggest the use of technologies beyond our comprehension.

If Laird Scrantons hypothesis is correct and the Egyptians actually founded their culture upon and around the knowledge and use of technological principles handed to them by the Dogon then the implications of this are enormous. This is information that should result in a complete re-evaluation of the way that the Egyptians lived and built their edifices to their gods.

As the established archaeological community begins to accept these challenges to their dogma, they may well need to humbly bow their heads in acknowledgement to the immensely important and valuable work that Laird Scranton has done in bringing this information to the world. This book is an extra-ordinary resource and one that might, in time, come to be seen as significant a contribution to understanding the Ancient Egyptians as the Rosetta Stone itself.

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