While 'they' may be the reason for the 'many' gods in some cultures. What strikes me as profound is.... they seem to be responsible for AT LEAST the promotion of monotheism, if not the origin of it. Which has always begged the question.... Are aliens religious, in our sense of the word?
There's an extensive table starting on page 114 of my book Sacred Symbols of the Dogon that correlates:
1) A Dogon phonetic term that defines a stage or concept of material creation.
2) The name of an Egyptian god, goddess or deified concept.
3) Budge's definition for the term, or traditional symbolism of the Egyptian deity.
4) The component stage of matter represented.
5) An Egyptian glyph that carries the phonetic value - often a shape of Dogon cosmology.
The table demonstrates that what the Egyptians treated as deities, the Dogon see as stages and concepts of creation.
In Dogon culture, there is only one mythological character, Amma, who, in the eyes of the French anthropologists who studied them, rises to the level of a deity as we think of it. However, when we arrive at the bottom of the conceptual structure, it becomes clear that even Amma represents aspects of physical creation.
The Dogon had the presence of mind to actually ask their archaic teachers if they (the teachers) were God. The teachers responded that they weren't, but that if it was helpful for the Dogon to think of them as "agents of God", that would be OK.
In the image below, the name of Neith reads: "Weaves" [wave glyph] "matter" [hemisphere glyph], followed by a string theory diagram of a complex type of string intersection that effectively weaves matter.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07-Apr-16 15:37 by Laird Scranton.