The Science of the Dogon by Laird Scranton

by Laird Scranton

The Science of the Dogon by Laird Scranton
The Science of the Dogon Publisher: Inner Traditions

The Science of the Dogon Publisher: Inner TraditionsThe 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 unformed universe as a black hole is identical to Amma’s Egg of the Dogon and the Egyptian Benben Stone.

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 also 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.


Hi Laird,

I look forward to ordering and reading your books. I listened to a program you were on that mentioned that the Dogons early on originated in Early Egypt before splitting off. Does the culture say when they separated?

Also in South America there are many African features. Is there any mention of ever traveling to South America?

I can’t wait to read you books to put the peices of the worlds mysteries together.

Take care.

Laird Scranton

Ben – I’m aware of many commonalities of tradition between the Dogon and various cultures of Central and South America, and the possibility of a link is made more likely by the Africanized features of some of the carved Olmec heads. Because the Dogon have no native written language, there are no historical records to consult, and Griaule’s studies make no mention of South America specifically.

– Laird

I actually found this more ennnrtaieitg than James Joyce.

Rita DeWitt

Mr. Scranton:
I hope this second comment goes through…error message from server the first time I posted.
Thank you for your fine work, especially the two books on the Dogon and their symbolism and beliefs. Years ago, I took a course in heiroglyphics from a French professor who had become enamoured of the language. Being an artist, I was interested in the images of the letters, as well as the idea of composing thought using pictures. I have devoured the two Dogon books, and deem them “a mighty fine read.” I hope they form the basis of more books to come.
Thank you again,
Rita DeWitt
P.S. It’s a good thing I lost the first comment, this one is much better written!

William Mitchell


I am interested in learning about the Dogon symbols and science. Which of your books should I start with? Thank you.