The ancient star knowledge of the Dogon tribe of Mali, Africa, first came to the attention of Westerners during the 1930s when French anthropologists, Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, spent time with the tribal leaders and were initiated into their vast repository of secret star lore.
From this contact emerged several significant astronomical facts that are said to show that the Dogon were party to advanced aspects of astronomy a long before Western astrophysicists were.
This idea is hotly disputed in some circles even today; though a new generation of researchers are now counter-acting this by re-assesing the work of Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen and from completely new perspectives.
Swallowing and Pregnant Suns
In her fourth book on the sacred secrets encoded into Dogon rituals, beliefs and symbolism researcher Shannon Dorey seeks to rise above such petty academic dramas and instead focuses her energy upon highlighting many of the key aspects to Dogon beliefs but within a much broader and more authentic context.
Dorey opens her book, The Rose by considering the possibility that the Dogon understood to a very deep level some of the most important elements of astronomy and astrophysics - ideas that they expressed through what appears to the uninitiated as primitive tribal art.
Here, for example, Dorey suggests that their motif of a fish swallowing a smaller fish represents the action of red giants.
Dorey also suggests that the importance of red giants, as well as other key concepts in Dogon philosophy; those such as the Female Po Pilu and Emme ya, are 'further emphasized iwithin the Dogon religion by the red cap worn by the Dogon spiritual leader, the Hogon.'
As the book progresses the author examines Dogon teachings not only within the context of astrophysics but also with relation to secret teachings found all over the ancient world and in doing so leads one to suspect that the secrets that the Dogon have hold actually form a part of a larger - maybe universal, spiritual language.
Later on the author traces this lineage through such areas as the secret sacred teachings of the Cathars and then through medieval or early Christianity. Here she argues that core Dogon ideas are shown to be encoded into Christian art.
In the closing pages of her book the author highlights the significance of the planet Venus. This body is seen as playing an important part in Dogon myth.
Whilst Venus has always been understood to have played an important part in the secret traditions of the World it is, of course, the Rosicrucians and their symbolization of Venus as a five-petalled rose that is the best example of this.
In The Rose the author delves into the possible roots of many of these ancient traditions as once again she provides strong arguments for suggesting that they were seeded from original teachings which were disseminated to the Dogon via their fish-gods known as The Nummo.
So what might these revelations have to teach us today?
I'll leave this to the author to supply an answer - which she does in the summing up to her book.
'I believe that the Dogon religion was preserved for us to act as a guide and to point us in the direction of the events that happened in space. The ultimate focus of the religion is to prepare humanity for the future and to ensure that we don’t make the same mistakes the Nummo made.'
It may well be that the small and largely unknown Dogon tribe actually hold the key to understanding the direction that humanity should now be going in.
Our Review of ‘The Rose’ by Shannon Dorey
The Rose is a continuation of Shannon Dorey's dogged and inspirational exploration of the sacred secrets that the Dogon have held for a long time and which still jealously guard from contamination even in this day and age.
The journey that the author takes the reader on is fascinating and engaging - though it is also complex and challenging and forms a work that requires some effort on behalf of its reader to get the best out of.
This might mean that the readers needs to read the book several times or, even better, to read all of the author's previous works as a groundwork upon which to grasp its significance and vast scope of challenging ideas.
Recognising that this is indeed a complex subject the author eases matters considerably by taking some time and effort to present her ideas in as clear a way as possible. This is aided by the inclusion of many good-quality illustrations throughout its pages.
So, to those who love a good occult mystery, enjoy digging into the essence of sacred teachings then this is book to get your teeth it.
It's richness, vitality and sheer boldness make a truly importent piece of anthropological research with implications for the future of metaphysics that are simply too vast to contemplate.
As is the case with all of Shannon Dorey’s writings this is yet another triumphant and highly recommended piece of work.
'The Rose' - along with all of Shannon Dorey's works, are available in physical and digital form from her website at http://www.shannondorey.com