Shannon Dorey

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Shannon Dorey (born 1955) is a Canadian author best known for her research on the African Dogon people. She is a graduate of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada where she graduated with a combined English and History degree. Her interests were expanded into religious studies after studying the New Testament at the University of Windsor in 1991.[1]

Dorey has written three books analyzing the symbols found in the Dogon religion based on the work of ethnographers Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen. In The Master of Speech, published in 2002, Dorey analyzes the information which Griaule recorded in the light of scientific advances which have taken place in the last fifty or sixty years.[2] In The Nummo, published in 2004,[3] Dorey hypothesizes that the Dogon religion is an extremely ancient oral tradition with traces of it being found in most ancient religions of the world.[4] In Day of the Fish, published in 2012, she compares the Nummo, described by the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli, to the goddesses of the Neolithic period as defined by the Lithuanian-American archeologist, Marija Gimbutas.[5]

In 2010 Dorey wrote a popular article for New Dawn magazine comparing the Australian Rainbow Serpent to the Dogon Nummo, who were also described as being rainbow serpents.[6]


  1. ^ Dorey, Shannon (2013) [2002]. The Master of Speech. p. 272. ISBN 978-0-9876813-7-9. 
  2. ^ Gooch, Kate (2004).Avalon Magazine Spring 2004. p.47
  3. ^ Elemental Expressions Ltd. [1], 2004
  4. ^ Dorey, Shannon (2013) [2004]. The Nummo. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-9876813-8-6. 
  5. ^ Dorey, Shannon (2012). Day of the Fish. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-9876813-6-2. 
  6. ^ Dorey, Shannon (2010). New Dawn Special Issue No. 13, Dreamtime and the Dogon, pp. 11-17