Did the Dogon of Mali know about Sirius B? In 1976, Robert K G Temple (born 1945), an American living in the UK, published what was to become a seminal work of Bad Archaeology, The Sirius Mystery. A revised edition was published in 1998 with the new subtitle New scientific evidence of alien contact 5,000 years ago. Some have gone so far as to suggest that this book was the primary inspiration for the so-called ‘New Egyptology’ of Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval and their imitators. Even if this is a rather hyperbolic assessment of the book’s impact, it has to be said that Temple is in a class above most Bad Archaeologists: he presents an apparently secure thesis, backed up with rigorous scientific data of a type that most others in the genre eschew. Anthropological underpinnings Ogotemmêli, the sole source of data used in The Sirius Mystery Temple begins with the work of Marcel Griaule (1898-1956) and his student Germaine Dieterlen (1903-1999), a pair of French anthropologists who worked in what is now Mali from 1931 to 1956.
The Sirius Mystery: You Don’t Need Columbo For This One | PaleoBabble. [[UPDATE: Talk about good timing! I guess the person who wrote this article, dated today, does need Columbo; –MSH]] I’m hoping my reference to the venerable TV detective doesn’t date me too much here! Way back in 2009 I wrote the only post on this blog about the so-called “Sirius Mystery.” This mystery has to do with how a primitive African tribe, the Dogon, had advanced knowledge of a system of stars that make up what we see with the naked eye as one star — Sirius.
My post was brief, directing readers’ attention to another brief, but well done, post on the Bad Archaeology website devoted to the subject, as well as two articles on how the Dogon could have visually seen “beyond” the single star Sirius. It’s time to revisit the “Sirius Mystery” in a bit more detail. The Dogon and Sirius The Bad Archaeology page on the Sirius Mystery has summarize the basic details well: From this information, Temple goes on to theorize that the “fish-like water spirits” were extraterrestrials. Walter E. Dogon Creational Myths. The Nommo was crucified and resurrected and in the future will again visit the Earth, this time in human form. Later he will assume his amphibious form and will rule the world from the waters. Dogon mythology is known only by a number of their priests, and is a complex system of knowledge. Such carefully guarded secrets would not be divulged to friendly strangers very easily.
If the star Emme Ya is eventually discovered in the Sirius system, this would give considerably weight to the Dogon's story. The Nommos, who could live on land but dwelled mostly in the sea, were part fish, like merfolk (mermaids and mermen). Similar creatures have been noted in other ancient civilizations - Sumer, Babylonia's Oannes, Acadia's Ea, Sumer's Enki, and Egypt's goddess Isis. It was from the Nommos that the Dogon claimed their knowledge of the heavens.
Carl Sagan concludes that the Dogon could not have acquired their knowledge without contact with an advanced technological civilization. The Dogon, the Nommos and the Mystery of Sirius B. The Dogon, the Nommos and Sirius B In Mali, West Africa, lives a tribe of people called the Dogon. The Dogon are believed to be of Egyptian decent and their astronomical lore goes back thousands of years to 3200 BC. According to their traditions, the star Sirius has a companion star which is invisible to the human eye.
This companion star has a 50 year elliptical orbit around the visible Sirius and is extremely heavy. This legend might be of little interest to anybody but the two French anthropologists, Marcel Griaule and Germain Dieterlen, who recorded it from four Dogon priests in the 1930's. The Dogon stories explain that also. The Nommos, according to the Dogon legend, lived on a planet that orbits another star in the Sirius system. The legend goes on to say the Nommos also furnished the Dogon's with some interesting information about our own solar system: That the planet Jupiter has four major moons, that Saturn has rings and that the planets orbit the sun.