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Foreword by William Henry Acknowledgments Introduction One Concepts of Comparative Cosmology Two Signature Signs of the Parent Cosmology Three The Dogon Mythological Structure of Matter Four Symbolism Five Guiding Metaphors of the Cosmology Six The Egg-in-a-Ball Seven The Aligned Ritual Shrine Eight The Elemental Deities Nine The Concept of the Primordial Egg Ten The Concept of the Divine Word Eleven The Concept of the Fish Twelve Deities Thirteen Civilizing Skills Fourteen Written Language Fifteen Synchronizing Cosmologies: The Na-khi-Dongba of China Sixteen As Above, So Below: The Chariot of Orion Seventeen Recapping the Plan of the Cosmology Notes Bibliography Index
Laird Scranton is an independent software designer who has studied ancient myth, language, and cosmology for nearly 10 years. An authority on Dogon mythology and symbolism, he has given lectures at Colgate University and is the author of The Science of the Dogon and Sacred Symbols of the Dogon. He lives in Albany, New York.
"Laird Scranton's groundbreaking new research is a major piece of the puzzle that will forever change the way we view the knowledge of the ancients." * Edward G. Nightingale, author of The Giza Template * "Pursuing the powerful quest began in The Science of the Dogon, Laird Scranton provides . . . another compulsive read for those wishing to get to the heart of the ancient mysteries." * Andrew Collins, author of Beneath the Pyramids: Egypt's Greatest Secret Uncovered * "An inspiring journey through cosmology." * Nexus Magazine, August 2011 * "Following up and synthesizing his last two books, The Science of the Dogon, and Sacred Symbols of the Dogon, Laird Scranton's latest book makes a good case that what we call today the myths and symbols of ancient peoples have not only cosmology as their basis but they originated from one "parent" cosmology. . . most fascinating study. . . " * New Dawn Magazine, May 2011 * "Looking at many ancient cultures and looking for their influences, The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol proposes many unique ideas and makes for a solidly recommended read." * The Midwest Book Review, December 2010 *