Can We Learn About Other Cultures Based On Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but did that same euphemism exist in antiquity?
Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics is a system of writing that utilized symbols to denote specific meanings. Many contemporary Egyptologists contend that the grouping of hieroglyphics symbols offers a phonetic pronunciation of the words utilized. They imply that these words only refer to the concept described, sun, horse, God, etc. Did ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts and scripts have more than just a phonetic meaning? Is there an intrinsic meaning implied by the symbols they used that offer an insight into their cosmology?
Based on these these intrinsic meanings can we utilize the concepts offered by the ancient Egyptian to decode the essential meaning of words and texts from other cultures?
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About Laird Scranton
Laird Scranton is an independent researcher of ancient cosmology and language. His studies in comparative cosmology have served help synchronize aspects of ancient African, Egyptian, Vedic, Chinese, Polynesian and other world cosmologies, and have led to an alternate approach to reading Egyptian hieroglyphic words. His degree is in English from Vassar College.
He became interested in Dogon mythology and symbolism in the early 1990s. He has studied ancient myth, language, and cosmology since 1997 and has been a lecturer at Colgate University. He also appears in John Anthony West’s Magical Egypt DVD series. He is the author of the books The Cosmolocigal Origins of Myth, Sacred Symbols of the Dogon, The Science of the Dogon, and Point of Origin.