The Dogon people of Mali, West Africa, are famous for their unique art and advanced cosmology. The Dogon's 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. For example, the modern scientific depiction of the informed universe as a black hole is identical to Amma's Egg of the Dogon and the Egyptian Benben Stone. The Science of the Dogonoffers 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 Dogonalso 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.
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 also appears in John Anthony West's Magical Egypt DVD series. He lives in Albany, New York.
Foreword by John Anthony West Acknowledgments Introduction 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 the Big Bang and Atomic and Quantum Structure SIX Dogon Parallels to String Theory SEVEN Dogon Parallels to Egyptian Mythology EIGHT Dogon Parallels to Genetics and Sexual Reproduction NINE Archaeology and Dogon Symbols TEN Judaism and Dogon Symbols ELEVEN The Dogon Concept of Light TWELVE Global Signs of the Serpent Religion THIRTEEN Fall of the Serpent Religion FOURTEEN Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index