Monday, June 18, 2007


The Brightest of all Stars-Sirius

The Dogon are reputed for their astronomical knowledge taught through oral tradition, dating back thousands of years, referencing the star system, Sirius. Sirius is the dog star. It is linked with the Egyptian goddess Isis. The astronomical information known by the Dogon since that time, was not discovered and verified until the 19th and 20th centuries, making one wonder how the Dogon came by this knowledge. Their oral traditions say it was given to them by the Nommo. The source of their information may date back to the time of the ancient Egyptian priests.

In the late 1930s, four Dogon priests shared their most important secret tradition with two French anthropologists, Marcel Griaule and Germain Dieterlen after they had spent an apprenticeship of fifteen years living with the tribe. These were secret myths about the star Sirius, which is 8.6 light years from the Earth. The Dogon priests said that Sirius had a companion star that was invisible to the human eye. They also stated that the star moved in a 50-year elliptical orbit around Sirius, that it was small and incredibly heavy, and that it rotated on its axis. Initially the anthropologists wrote it off publishing the information in an obscure anthropological journal, because they didn't appreciate the astronomical importance of the information. What they didn't know was that since 1844, astronomers had suspected that Sirius had a companion star.

Dogon sand drawing of the complete Sirius system, after Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen. A, Sirius; B, po tolo, the object equated with Sirius B, shown in two positions; C, emme ya, the sun of women, equated with Sirius C; D, the Nommo; E, the Yourougou, a mythical male figure destined to pursue his female twin; F, the star of women, a satellite of emma ya; G, the sign of women; H, the sex of women, represented by a womb shape. The whole system is enclosed in an oval, representing the egg of the world.

This was in part determined when it was observed that the path of the star wobbled. In 1862 Alvan Clark discovered the second star making Sirius a binary star system (two stars). In the 1920's it was determined that Sirius B, the companion of Sirius, was a white dwarf star. White dwarfs are small, dense stars that burn dimly. The pull of its gravity causes Sirius' wavy movement. Sirius B is smaller than planet Earth.

The Dogon name for Sirius B is Po Tolo. It means star - tolo and smallest seed - po. Seed refers to creation. In this case, perhaps human creation. By this name they describe the star's smallness. It is, they say, the smallest thing there is. They also claim that it is 'the heaviest star' and is white in color. According to the mythological explanation, Po Tolo was the seed of the Milky Way galaxy and 'navel' of the entire universe.

In seeking to
account for the remarkable accord between ancient Dogon legends and modern astronomical fact, several western observers allege that the Dogon were told about Sirius by extraterrestrial visitors a.k.a. aliens. According to Ian Ridpath in critiquing Robert Temple book the "The Sirius Mystery" had this to say:

Dogon legend, similar to many other tales by primitive people of visits from the sky, speaks of an "ark" descending to the ground amid a great wind. Robert Temple in his book "The Sirius Mystery" interprets this as the landing of a rocket-powered spacecraft bringing beings from the star Sirius."
Perhaps one would forgive Robert Temple for believing that the Dogon had been visited by men from Sirius if their legend specifically stated so. But it does not! Nowhere in his 290-page book does Temple offer one specific statement from the Dogon to substantiate his ancient astronauts claim.

It is all too easy for Westerners to think of African tribes as isolated, uneducated, and ignorant. But the Dogon are not isolated. They live near an overland trade route, as well as close to the banks of the Niger River, an important channel of trade. Any number of travelers could have come into their midst, or Dogon tribesmen could have journeyed to the coast, where they might have met astronomically informed seamen. The Dogon have been in contact with Europeans since at least the late nineteenth century.

... The point is that there are any number of channels by which the Dogon could have received Western knowledge long before they were visited by Griaule and Dieterlen. We may never be able to reconstruct the exact route by which the Dogon received their current knowledge, but out of the confusion at least one thing is clear: they were not told by beings from the star Sirius."




Well the best judge on this book is YOU after you have read it. However this review below was interesting.....:))

Except for a few tantalizing facts here and there, the author's arguments are far-fetched, unconvincing, and terribly long-winded. He also includes long sections of personal experiences and complaints about his treatment by others that contribute absolutely nothing to advancing his hypothesis and even sound gossipy and a bit paranoid. Reading this book was something like being stuck sitting next to some guy who won't shut up on a 15-hour flight to Timbuktu. I can't recommend this book.

-Gary Yu Seoul, Korea


tanzanianboy said...

Africa is really rich in history but with our dull heads we "keep it a secret".

Bravo Liz.Hongera sana mama Afrika kwa taarifa murua.

Wake up Africa, wake up Africans!


I am always astonished by the new information I keep unveiling from Africa.

The challenge facing African historical records is the authenticity of the information conveyed down from one generation to another. Most of African history has been conveyed orally and oral information well has its limitations....

However, I am amazed by the great lengths certain individuals would go to justify certain events when they can not fathom the fact that this communities in Africa have had this information for centuries, before it came to their attention.

Never have I ever had an African or any African society claiming to having had contact with aliens,nor being abducted by aliens or having witnessed UFO's

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