I am indebted to Adrian and Marina Berry for bringing me into touch withA. Costa, and to A. Costa for generously supplying his splendid photographsof the Dogon, some of which appear in this book, and also for his introductionto Mme Germaine Dieterlen. I am indebted to Mme Dieterlen for giving herpermission and the permission of the Societe des Africainistes of Paris (of whichshe is Secretary-General) to publish in English the entire article 'Un SystemeSoudanais de Sirius', which Mme Dieterlen wrote in collaboration with thelate Marcel Griaule.Among those whom I have consulted on specific points in my research andwho have been extremely helpful are Geoffrey Watkins, Brigadier R. G. S.Bidwell, O.B.E., the Hon. Robin Baring, James Serpell, Seton Gordon,Herbert Brown, and Robert and Pauline Matarasso. I am also indebted forhelp or encouragement of varying kinds to Fred Clarke, Professor CyrusGordon, Robert Graves, Kathleen Raine, William Gunston, Professor D. M.Lang, Professor Charles Burney, Professor O. R. Gurney, Dr Irving Lindenblad,Dr Paul Murdin, Hilton Ambler, Gillian Hughes, Carol MacArthur, R.Markham, Richard Robinson, Dr Michael Barraclough, and Angela Earll.In production of this book my British editor, Mrs Jan Widdows, andviii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSmy American editor, Thomas Dunne, have been cooperative, helpful, andsympathetic. The cartographer Daniel Kitts has cheerfully prepared mapsand diagrams to requirements which were often exasperating. Miss MaryWalsh showed ingenuity in picture research. Stephen du Sautoy has also beenhelpful and shown a great deal of imagination in connection with productionof the British dust-jacket design, allowing the author a considerable say in amatter which is often barred to him.I would like to acknowledge indirect debts to the African priests Manda,Innekouzou, Yebene, and Ongnonlou, without whom the subject for this book could not honestly be said to exist, since it probably could never have beenformulated. Two early pioneers deserve especial mention: the late Sir NormanLockyer, who found ways to consider together the previously separate fields of astronomy and archaeology, and the late Thomas Taylor of London, whodevoted his life to the translation and exposition of texts which have survivedthe centuries of malignity, abuse, book burnings, and slaughter which for twomillennia have been the fate of those who adhered to 'the Great Tradition' -nor did Taylor himself escape the consequences of his position in pain andsuffering. Thanks are also due to the philosopher Proclus for making publiccertain specific allusions to secret traditions which he might have concealed.r. K. G. t.
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