The myths of the modern day Dogon tribe of Mali include astronomy as one of their points of focus. In keeping with the idea that the cycle of Precession (also known as the Great Year) results from an unrecognized rotation of astronomic bodies, including the stars of Sirius and the Earth, the Dogon myths lead us down path of symbolic references that effectively point us to a credible source for that rotation. But recognizing that path requires a clear understanding of how the characters, myths, cosmological words, rituals, and civic practices of the Dogon align with those of ancient Egypt. Most instructive are references that often point us to subtle structures of our region of the universe, ones that we may not have previously understood were even there.
Laird Scranton is the author of a series of books and other writings on ancient cosmology and language. These include articles published in the University of Chicago’s Anthropology News academic journal, Temple University’s Encyclopedia of African Religion and the Encyclopedia Britainnica. He is featured in John Anthony West’s Magical Egypt documentary series and in Carmen Boulter’s documentary The Pyramid Code.
He is a frequent guest on a wide range of radio and podcast interview shows including Red Ice Radio in Europe, Art Bell’s Desert at Midnight, and Coast-to-Coast Radio with George Noory.
He is also a frequent presenter at conferences whose focus is on ancient knowledge. These include Walter Cruttenden’s Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK), the A.R.E.’s Ancient Mysteries Conference, Scotty Roberts and John Ward’s Paradigm Symposium, the Fringe New Jersey Conference, and James Swager’s Megalithic Odyssey Symposium, in Marlborough, England.
His books include:
- The Science of the Dogon (2006) (Republished edition of Hidden Meanings (2003))
- Sacred Symbols of the Dogon (2007)
- The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol (2010)
- The Velikovsky Heresies (2012)
- China’s Cosmological Prehistory (2014)
- Point of Origin(2015)
- The Mystery of Skara Brae (2016)
- Decoding Maori Cosmology (due early 2018)
His work is also featured in two books called Forbidden Science (2008) and Lost Secrets of the Gods (2014). He helped co-author Ed Nightingale’s book The Giza Template (2014).