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Sacred Symbols of the Dogon: The Key to Advanced Science in the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs Paperback – October 12, 2007

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"Scranton relates complex and difficult topics in a simple and straightforward manner that, while requiring attention to detail, leads to significant and rewarding realizations." (David Paulsen, New Age Retailer, Mar/Apr 2008)

". . . an important tome in a larger body of work which points towards a 'lost chapter' in human history, pre-dating the last ice age." (Neil Hudson, Yorkshire Post, Apr 2008)

"An exciting thesis to make us all think." (Nexus New Times Magazine)

" . . . here the Dogon symbols are revealed in a discussion of ancient Egyptian languages and scientific parallels sure to interest any New Age collection interested in scientific foundations of early Egyptian history." (The Midwest Book Review, Jan 2008)

“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 whose true nature and form we have yet to fully comprehend.” (Mysteries of Sirius, October 2013)

“Sacred Symbols of the Dogon will challenge the reader to seriously consider that ancient civilizations possessed a scientific sophistication rivaling our present-day theories of matter and the fundamental forces of physics. Highly recommended for anyone who has questioned the mainstream view of ancient civilization as scientifically primitive.” (John Dering, chief scientist for lasers and special projects at Scientific Applications & Resear)

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ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS / EGYPT

“Sacred Symbols of the Dogon will challenge the reader to seriously consider that ancient civilizations possessed a scientific sophistication rivaling our present-day theories of matter and the fundamental forces of physics. Highly recommended for anyone who has questioned the mainstream view of ancient civilization as scientifically primitive.”
--John Dering, chief scientist for lasers and special projects at Scientific Applications & Research Associates (SARA), Inc.

In his first book, 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), with Dogon 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 as well as to 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.

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 since 1997 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594771340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594771347
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laird Scranton is an independent software designer from Albany, New York who writes about ancient mysteries, cosmology and language. His work includes articles published in the University of Chicago's Anthropology News academic journal, in Temple University's Encyclopedia of African Religion, and in the Vassar Quarterly Magazine. His book "The Science of the Dogon" was taught at Colgate University under the title "Hidden Meanings: A Study of the Founding Symbols of Civilization." He is featured in John Anthony West's "Magical Egypt" documentary series and in Carmen Boulter's "The Pyramid Code", a series broadcast by the Documentary Channel. He has been interviewed on a variety of radio programs around the world including Coast-to-Coast AM and Red Ice Radio in Sweden. He has presented at conferences on Ancient Mysteries including Walter Cruttenden's annual CPAK (Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge) Conference, the A.R.E. Mysteries Conference, and the Paradigm Symposium.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Arabella on October 14, 2010
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I have to admit that the string theory is a bit over my head, but Laird Scranton made some excellent observations in this book. I have studied Egyptology and ancient languages for many years, and he put forth explantions for the hieroglyphs I had never even considered, and they have great merit. Based upon Mr. Scranton's reasoning and use of hieroglyphs, I have been prodded to study other words (like about obelisks) to see what deeper meanings they might possibly have, and I haven't been disappointed.
Semitic languages are fascinating, and Egyptian writing is even more so, because of the determinatives used at the ends of the words. This book has opened up a whole new avenue of research for me, and I want to thank Mr. Laird for his contribution to the study of science, language, and ancient history.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. Worth on February 13, 2013
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The saga of the Dogon began in the 1930s with two French ethnologists of a mystical bent, Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, who were concerned to demonstrate to their patronizing countrymen that the native Africans were not the illiterate primitives they were often imagined to be but rather were possessed of sophisticated cosmological beliefs. Their test subjects were the Dogon and they duly found the sophisticated cosmology they were hoping for. Their technique was to take the raw materials of the Dogon's beliefs, which were on the whole those of a typical agricultural society, and creatively transform them. A simple story of the creator god Amma "going around the land spreading seeds" becomes for instance "Amma turning on his own axis, generating spiral star worlds". The Dogon word 'gana', which simply means 'land, as opposed to sky', is consistently translated as 'space', with its science fiction implications, and the "four corners of the land" therefore become "the four angles of space". A description of Mercury turns into a revelation of Sirius B, and so on.

The narrative was enthusiastically embraced by New Age writers like Robert Temple and John Anthony West and soon became an entire New Age religion, and Laird Scranton has taken on the mantle of continuing this story into the new dimension of astrophysics - his own personal interest. His approach is the same as that of Griaule & Dieterlen: a simple Dogon story is adopted and then rewritten and distorted to make it say something meaningful about astrophysics. A single example will suffice: In the original Dogon version of one story the acacia is the first tree to emerge from the earth. Once it has grown it produces four branches, from each of which a seed falls that grows into a new acacia.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2008
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In THE SCIENCE OF THE DOGON Scranton demonstrated the cosmological structure described in the myths of the Dogon parallels modern science, with illustrations often representing scientific diagrams of today. SACRED SYMBOLS OF THE DOGON continues the exploration for collections interested in early spirituality or Egyptian hieroglyphic language: here the Dogon symbols are revealed in a discussion of ancient Egyptian languages and scientific parallels sure to interest any New Age collection interested in scientific foundations of early Egyptian history.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Leake on March 25, 2012
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Great book for those who belive in "alien" assistance with tthe progress of human kind. What is the answer to some civilizations having progressed so far ahead of the Europeans?
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I am not aware of any other texts that cover this subject in such detail. The book is certainly an excellent supplement to texts on Ancient Egyptian science.
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By truth seeker on April 11, 2015
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Enjoyed this fascinating research by Laid Scranton. The conclusion that the ancient civilizations shared esoteric knowledge of physics is an eye opener!
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Outstanding publication, Surpassed all expectations, Knowledge so densely packed you can study for a lifetime.
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By no on May 16, 2015
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Two of my favorite books of all time
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