The Dogon people of Mali, West Africa, are famous for their unique art and advanced cosmology. The Dogon creation story describes how the one true god, Amma, created all the matter of the universe. Interestingly, the myths that depict his creative efforts bear a striking resemblance to the modern scientific definitions of matter, beginning with the atom and continuing all the way to the vibrating threads of string theory.
Furthermore, many of the Dogon words, symbols and rituals used to describe the structure of matter are quite similar to those found in the myths of ancient Egypt and in the daily rituals of Judaism.
The Science of the Dogon offers a case-by-case comparison of Dogon descriptions and drawings to corresponding scientific definitions and diagrams from authors like Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene, then extends this analysis to the counterparts of these symbols in both the ancient Egyptian and Hebrew religions.
What is ultimately revealed is the scientific basis for the language of the Egyptian hieroglyphs, which was deliberately encoded to prevent the knowledge of these concepts from falling into the hands of all but the highest members of the Egyptian priesthood.
The Science of the Dogon offers compelling new interpretations for many of the most familiar Egyptian symbols, such as the pyramid and the scarab and presents new explanations for the origins of religiously charged words such as Jehovah and Satan.
The whole text reveals striking similarities between Dogon symbols and those used in both the Egyptian and Hebrew religions, with amazing implications for the history of civilisation. The material is an advance on the revelations that made Robert Temple’s “The Sirius Mystery” an international bestseller.
- Title: The Science of the Dogon: Decoding the African Mystery Tradition
- Author: Laird Scranton
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company (26 Oct 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594771332
- Foreward by John Anthony West
- One. How This Book Came to Be
- Two. Themes of the Ancient Creation Stories
- Three. The Dogon Creation Story
- Four: Dogon Symbols and Meanings
- Five. Dogon Parallels to Egyptian Mythology
- Six. Dogon Parallels in String Theory
- Seven. Dogon Parallels to Egyptian Mythology
- Eight. Dogon Parallels to Genetics and Sexual Reproduction
- Nine. Archeology and Dogon Symbols
- Eleven. The Dogon Concept of Light
- Twelve. Global Signs of the Serpent Religion
- Thirteen. Fall of the Seprent Religion
In a sense, the Dogon story – as it was originally revealed to the world through the publication of The Sirius Mystery by Robert K. Temple, has become popularised, idealised and sensationalised by its repeated telling over successive decades. It is one that now readily finds itself woven into TV documentaries on Ancient Aliens, extra-terrestrials or UFOs. Indeed it is a story that is fast creating a mythology all of its own!
In short, it is maintained that the Dogon Tribe of Africa hold scientific secrets that were openly given to them from amphibious-types of beings who originated from the binary star-system Sirius. This knowledge was for many years hidden from the West until it was revealed by French anthropologists visiting the area during the 1930s and who said had been introduced into the Dogons’ tribal history and metaphysical belief systems during their time spent with the tribal elders.
Writer and researcher Laird Scranton has dug deeper into the secrets of the Dogon than most and in The Science of the Dogon: Decoding the African Mystery Tradition
he presents a unique interpretation of the Dogon teachings – ancient myths and stories that are that are initially strange and unfamiliar to the Western mind and which appear only to reveal themselves through an understanding of advanced scientific interpretation of our universe, its fomration and the building blocks that sustains life throughout its sphere of influence.
The Science of the Dogon is the first in a series of books written by Laird Scranton that deals specifically with the cryptic and deeply esoteric wisdom of the Dogon. (See also my reviews of The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol and Sacred Symbols of the Dogon)
Throughout its pages the author reveals the deeper meaning behind most of the Dogons primary cultural icons. These include the granary, the coil, the spindle – the meanings of which can be deciphered within the context of current scientific paradigms. It investigates how they appear to be linked to Ancient Egypt and which can also be found even further afield into other otherwise apparently unconnected ancient cultures.
The Science of the Dogon: Decoding the African Mystery Tradition is a ground-breaking work that reveals the complex scientific concepts thaht are held by the Dogon and which are encrypted within their sacred symbology, traditional costumes and tribal rituals.
To my mind this is a highly important piece of academic research which I whole-heartedly – though quite frankly I do think that a reader needs to study all three of Lairds’ books on the Dogon in unison in order to get an over feel of the magnitude and importance of the authors insights.
The Science of the Dogon offers the reader an inspirational insight into an extra-ordinary mystery – that of the Dogon tribe, their interactions with the Nummo and the secrets that they were entrusted with. The depth to which the author comprehends the essential nature of the Dogon’s belief system is remarkable and every page turn is pure revelation! It is a wonderful read and the sort of book that you could return to time and again and still gain additional insights into a remarkable story and an equally impressive researcher.
I thoroughly enjoyed it!