Laird Scranton: China’s Cosmological Prehistory
Ancient Chinese Cosmology Points to Earlier Advanced Culture
Building on his extensive research into the sacred symbols and creation myths of the Dogon of Africa and those of ancient Egypt, India, and Tibet, Laird Scranton investigates the myths, symbols, and traditions of prehistoric China, providing further evidence that the cosmology of all ancient cultures arose from a single now-lost source. Scranton explores the fundamental similarities between the language that defined ancient Chinese cosmology and that of other creation traditions, revealing the connections between the phonetic structure of the words, their glyphs, and their use. He demonstrates striking parallels between the earliest systems of writing in China and the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt. He examines the 8 levels of creation in Taoism and the cosmological origins of Chinese ancestor worship, mythical emperors, the zodiac, the mandala, and the I Ching. He details the fundamental principles of land-use in ancient China in relation to the symbolism of a Buddhist stupa and the Dogon granary, ritual shrines that are also the central symbol of other creation traditions.
Laird Scranton is an independent software designer who has studied ancient myth, language, and cosmology for more than a decade. An authority on Dogon mythology and symbolism, he is the author of The Science of the Dogon, Sacred Symbols of the Dogon, Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol, and The Velikovsky Heresies. He lives in Albany, New York.