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Sacred Symbols Of The Dogon



"Scranton relates complex and difficult topics in a simple and straightforward manner that, while requiring attention to detail, leads to significant and rewarding realizations."". . . an important tome in a larger body of work which points towards a 'lost chapter' in human history, pre-dating the last ice age.""An exciting thesis to make us all think."" . . . 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."




Sacred Symbols of the Dogon



" . . . 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."


" . . . 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."


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 Dogonuses 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.


Raiding and stealing, always under specific rules, have primarily been men's work, part of men's story. In myths from China to South America, some male characters are thieves who take, not only the paraphernalia of women, but women themselves, queens renowned for their beauty and slaves from other tribes. In addition, they make off with fire, the sun, livestock, treasures, technologies. One effect of this was the accumulation of materials and ideas from many different places, combining and recombining to form mechanical arts and complex trades. Another was the dispersal of "women's stuff" and tribal arts, scattered out from the sacred huts into the secular world. Men, more often than women, have widely dispersed and recombined knowledge, craft, trade, and story.


The entire myth of this rebellious king centers on the establishment of a germinal male-centered stance toward wilderness, identity, paternity, and the goddess religion. Enraged by his dismissal of her, Inanna/Ishtar sends a bull to kill him. The king and his companion, Enkidu, the "wild man," kill the bull instead, tricking the gods. The institution of the bullfight thus substitutes the sacrifice of the bull for the royal victim. As followers of the sun deity, who is Inanna/Isthar's brother, Utu, the two men go into the forest of sacred cedars, kill the guardian spirit, and cut the tabooed redbarked trees. They let the sun shine directly on the earth. For their [p. 253]


In the goddess-based religions, nonreproductive sexuality had been a lush part of r'tu. It promoted visions and physical health in Chinese and Indian Tantric traditions, and it was also understood to bring rain, to make the crops grow, to help the herds increase, and generally to enhance the well-being and fertility of the countryside surrounding the temple complexes. In the new male-centered laws, nonreproductive and unmarried sex were severely restricted, to ensure exact paternity. The principles used in herding were applied to human reproduction. This necessitated controlling sexuality, especially of the mother, and of banning --- and eventually satanizing --- all sex that did not lead to reproduction. The arts of lovemaking and control of reproduction, carefully tended by sacred prostitutes in temple rites and by village midwives, disappeared. Some Christian sects and later monastic orders undertook celibacy for long periods of time and with mixed success, but with the aim of neutralizing the female influence while continuing the essential church and temple rites. The genders would blend, according to this ideal, and both would become the clean, pure male.[9]


Gradually, from Catholicism and Greek orthodoxy through the Protestant reform movements, Christianity stripped itself of all but the most narrative approach to blood ritual. In the English, German, and Swedish Protestantism of my grandmothers, women not only were kept away from the sacred ritual, they also wore only the slightest cosmetikos. The old cosmetikos of slashing of the skin and tatooing had been forbidden since the writing of the laws of Leviticus, but these women took austerity much further. They held their faces very still, engaged in no public mourning, kept their food as white as possible, never threw plates, did not dance or move their pelvises --- as though they ordered their world through the degree of stillness and paleness they could maintain in the face of any adversity. They expressed themselves instead with small collections of miniature crafts, kept in glass cupboards and carefully displayed and dusted. (One of the signs of possession by "Satan," the Inquisition taught, was expression of enthusiasm.) And no mention of menstruation, no memory of its connection to religion and female origins of culture, no use of the Jewish menstrual bath and celebration of sexuality, no calling in of the Shekinah, no statues showing Christ's blood running down his side, no Madonna standing on her crescent moon and her snake. The Sabbath of sepa- [p. 262] 041b061a72


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