Dope History Channel video on the Dogon people of Mali. Western astronomers discuss the Dogon knowledge of the cosmos as well as the human anatomy.
Dope clip from one of my all time favorite lectures, Dr. Richard King dropping jewels on the Kemetic origins of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud’s fascination with Kemetic art and philosophy, melanin, alternate states of consciousness, the illusion of time and much much more .Enjoy :-)
His base assumption is that similar symbols reflect similar truths. This should be applied to cross currents between science and religion, just as it has been between cultural belief systems. The Science of the Dogon elegantly applies this to Dogon cosmology. For instance, Scranton provides an example between Dogon symbolism and quantum physics. After elaborating how the Dogon describe the formation of the universe from the opening of Amma’s egg and the elaboration of tiny seeds called “po,” Scranton writes:
Clearly what is being spoken of…is the formation of the building blocks of matter-atoms and their components. So, when we suggest possible meanings for the Dogon symbols that are related to atomic structure, the idea is wholly and completely in keeping with how the Dogon understand their own symbols. (In Dictinnnaire Dogon, Genevieve Calme-Griaule describes the po as “the image of the atom.”) However, if we look carefully, we can see that the surface story of the Dogon myth might also pointedly direct us to the concepts of quantum physics. Imagine for a moment that you must read an article written in a foreign language, that, for the most part, you do not understand. Then imagine the two words you do understand, supply and demand are repeated again and again within the passage. It would not take the insight of a genius to surmise that the subject of the article might be economics. The Dogon creation story provides us with a similar clue to its meaning with its recurring emphasis on pellets of clay and spiraling coils. It requires only a little imagination to see these symbols as likely references to particles and waves-the essential building blocks of quantum theory…[Here, he inserts a quote describing the dual nature of quantum particles.] Within the creation story we can see an implied knowledge of the wave properties of physics when the Dogon say that the fibers of the first garment mimic the sound of the voice of the Nommo, which tapers off in spiraling coils-a statement that betrays an understanding by the teller of the creation story that sound travels in waves.”
Ron Eglash giving a dope TED Talk about the presence of Geometric Fractals in African Village planning, Architecture, Sculpture, Board games, Divination, and Mytho-Religious ceremony etc. Brilliant Brilliant stuff. Enjoy!
The Mandala of Dendera is
The Original Map of the Sky
It is the very first map of the sky which displays all of the constellations with their original Kemetic names. The original inhabitants of the Nile Valley developed this map to identify their surroundings, and it can still be found in the temples of Dendera (renamed Elephantine by the Greeks).
The Edwin Smith papyrus, the world’s oldest surviving surgical document. Written in hieratic script in ancient Egypt around 1600 B.C., the text describes anatomical observations and the examination, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of 48 types of medical problems in exquisite detail. Among the treatments described are closing wounds with sutures, preventing and curing infection with honey and moldy bread, stopping bleeding with raw meat, and immobilization of head and spinal cord injuries. Translated in 1930, the document reveals the sophistication and practicality of ancient Egyptian medicine. Plate 6 and 7 of the papyrus, pictured here, discuss facial trauma.
Why Amen is said after prayers [ Nubian Origins of Amen (Ra) ]
Black history month fact #19
Our calendar system originates in Kemet.
The earliest Egyptians measured time by the moon; for the month, the interval between two new moons was the unit of time measurement. The moon-month varies in length from 29 to 30, and the lunar calendar is cumbersome and inaccurate. The Egyptians met this difficulty by devising an accurate calendar.
They noticed that the dog star, Sirius, rose heliacally (before sunrise) on July 19th, at the beginning of the inundation (the annual overflow of the Nile). This gave them an improved 365 day calendar.
The 12 months of the Egyptian year were uniformly of 30 days each, giving a total of 360 days, so 5 feast days were added at the end of the year…Each 30-day month was divided into 3 weeks of 10 days each; and there were 3 seasons of the year: the Inundation, the Cultivation, and the Harvest, each consisting of 4 months.
The Egyptian astronomers soon discovered that the true length of the year was 365.5 days, hence the calendar could have been improved by adding an extra day every four years, but this was not done. Ptolemy Euergetes issues a decree in 238 BCE in which is was commanded that every fourth year should be 366 days, but the Egyptians were opposed to this and ignored it. This calendar, established in Kemet over 6,000 years ago, has descended the stream of history to us.
~Introduction to African Civilizations, by John G. Jackson, p. 121-122.