In this article we will be looking at the Dogon people of Africa and their astronomical lore that stretches as far back as 3200 BC…
The Dogon people of Africa originate from Mali in West Africa. Many historians believe that the Dogon tribe are direct descendants of the ancient Egyptians – this may explain their mysteriously accurate astronomical lore.
Ancient Dogon traditions tell us that they have always believed that the star Sirius has a companion star. This companion star is completely invisible to the human eye and scientists refer to it as Sirius B.
Way back in the 1930s a pair of French anthropologists named Marcel Griaule and Germain Dieterlen visited the Dogon tribe in an attempt to find out more about them. They were completely astonished when they learned about the Dogon’s ancient knowledge on Sirius B.
How could a tribe as simple as this have known ANYTHING about a star that is invisible to the eye? These people had no idea what astronomical devices were let alone the knowledge to use them!
This invisible star named Sirius B was first photographed in 1970 by astronomers using a very large ( and very expensive! ) telescope.
The Dogon people of Africa have their own explanation for their advanced knowledge on Sirius B. They claim that an alien race known as The Nommos traveled from the Sirius system to land on Earth many centuries ago.
They managed to travel to Earth in a strange ‘ark’ that came spinning down from the skies. The Dogon claim that the Nommos are the ones that educated them on Sirius B.
The Nommos didn’t stop there – they went on to educate the Dogon about our solar system giving them information that the rest of the world was not aware of until Galileo invented the telescope.
Robert K.G. Temple
The Dogon legends were first brought to popular attention in a book released in 1977 named The Sirius Mystery. This book was the work of Robert Temple – an author who firmly believed in the Dogon’s claims.
It didn’t take long for the skeptics to arrive on the scene – science writer Ian Ridpath and astronomer Carl Sagan claimed that the Dogon priests completely mislead Marcel Griaule and Germain Dieterlen.
They reported that the Dogon priests could easily have been educated by western astronomers before the pair of French anthropologists turned up.
But Ridpath and Sagan’s claims don’t explain a 400 year old artifact the Dogon people of Africa have in their possession. This artifact depicts the Sirius configuration and also gives information on the ancient ceremonies the Dogon people hold. These ceremonies have been taking place since the 13th century to celebrate the cycle of Sirius A and B.
Whilst many parts of the Dogon’s ancient knowledge seem true they were clearly mistaken on other parts. Their legends indicate that the invisible star Sirius B used to be placed in the location where the sun now sits. Conventional physics shows us that this could NEVER be a possibility.
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Were the ancient Dogon tribes educated by the Nommos civilization on the wonders of our solar system? Did western astronomers spread their knowledge to the Dogon before the 1930’s?
Maybe in years to come we will have a telescope powerful enough to answer these questions. The Dogon legend also covers a third Sirius star and the planet that orbits it is said to be the home of the Nommos.
In 1995 two researchers named Daniel Benest and J.L. Duvent wrote an article for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This article was based on their theory that there could be a triple star formation within the Sirius system.
They believe that this third star is a lot smaller than Sirius B and falls in the category of a Red Dwarf. Have Benest and Duvent discovered the home planet of the Nommos?