In 1976, author Robert Temple published a book that would rock the academic world, and baffle NASA. The Sirius Mystery presented the hypothesis that the Dogon people of Mali in West Africa preserve a tradition of contact with intelligent extraterrestrial beings from the Sirius star-system.
After spending decades studying Dogon traditions, Temple learned that not only were they able to chart the paths of stars that couldnt be seen with the human eye….and weigh them(!), the Dogon were also well aware of Saturn’s Rings, the moons of Jupiter, and the existence of astronomical bodies that wouldnt be “discovered” by the West until centuries later.
The Mysterious Origins of the Dogon
When you look into the face of a Dogon man or woman, you could be looking at the descendants of the Ancient Egyptians…or Ancient Aliens. When Arabs invaded Kemet in the year 616 A.D., man Egyptians fled to the south to avoid being forced to convert to Islam and abandon their traditions. The Egyptians that fled encrypted their language to avoid being understood by their persecutors, and preserved what knowledge they could in oral traditions. These men and women went on to found other civilizations in Nubia, Kush, Axum, and throughout Africa.
The Dogon originally settled in Mali in Among the Dogon several oral traditions have been recorded as to their origin. One relates to their coming from Mande, located to the southwest of the Bandiagara escarpment near Bamako. According to this oral tradition, the first Dogon settlement was established in the extreme southwest of the escarpment at Kani-Na, arriving in the Sanga region in the 15th century. Other oral histories place the origin of the Dogon to the west beyond the river Niger, or tell of the Dogon coming from the east. It is likely that the Dogon of today combine several groups of diverse origin who migrated to escape Islamization.
While we can physically trace the origin of the Dogon peoples back to Kemet, their oral traditions tell of origins much older and much farther away.
The Dogon talked of alien beings called Nummo or Nommo, a race people from the Sirius system that visited Earth thousands of years ago. These immortal and amphibious beings that resembled mermen and mermaids were responsible for human creation through genetic engineering. The Egyptian Goddess Isis, who is sometimes depicted as a mermaid, is also linked with the star Sirius.
The Nommos were said to have landed on Earth in an “ark” that made a spinning decent to the ground with great noise and wind. It was from these beings that the Black men and women of Africa first learned of Sirius B, and the origins of humankind. The Dogon placed a heavy emphasis on the “word” as the source of human exceptionalism. To the Dogon, speech was synonymous with intelligence and the only way the Earth animals were able to speak was when their DNA was combined with the DNA of the Nummo. Several of these early biological experiments conducted by the Nummo failed, producing unintelligent bastardized forms of humanity (homo neanderthalis, homo habilitis, et. al.).
To correct these mistakes, A “Master of Speech”, a first son, was created to provide hope for humanity and correct the mistakes made from the first failed biological experiments. This saviour was eventually turned into the male Christ figure of Christianity.
Early anthropologists who first came into contact with the Dogon dismissed these stories as myths. When the Dogon pointed to a star in the sky that couldn’t be seen with the naked eye, White explorers rolled their eyes.
And then radio astronomers pointed their telescopes to the exact location of the Dogon’s “home” star…and there it was.
The Sirius Mystery
Sirius is actually a binary (double) star system located about 8.61 light years from the Earth. Sirius A and B rotate around one another in 50-year orbits that have only recently been observed. In fact, it wasnt until the Hubble Telescope that Sirius B was even photographed. The Ancient Egyptians knew of the larger brighter star, Sirius A, and in fact aligned the pyramids with it. The Sirius system is directly “upstream” of our solar system within the galactic arm of our Milky Way Galaxy.
Sirius A creates an axis of rotation with Earth relative to the stellar background, and so because of this, of all the stars in the sky, only the annual heliacal rising of Sirius precisely matches the length of our solar year, 365.25 days. The Ancient Egyptians were somehow aware of this unique relationship between our system and Sirius A, and marked the heliacal rising of Sirius as the first day of their calendar year (more on what a heliacal rising is later).
Unbeknownst to most people, the New Years Celebration is a tradition that has been passed down to us as a continuation of an ancient ritual honoring the return of Sirius to the midheaven position at midnight. Occurring down through the ages around January 1st, this midnight alignment marks the moment when the energy of Sirius A, directly overhead, rain down on us in its most singular purity.
The Dogon placed Sirius B, which they referred to as Digitaria, at the center of their belief system. Every 50 years, the Dogon honor the completion of the rotation of the two stars with Sigui: the most important ceremony in Dogon tradition. The Sigui ceremony symbolises the death of the first ancestor until the moment that humanity acquired the use of the spoken word.
What baffled anthropologists and astronomers is how did the Dogon know this, particularly since the smaller Sirius B is a white dwarf – a dead sun that cannot be seen with the naked eye.How did the Dogon gain this knowledge thousands of years ago without any known ancient telescopes yet to be found? Could there be some truth to their claims of extra-terrestrial intervention? Or did the Dogon once possess technology that we dont know about?
Not only were the Dogon able to describe the exact location of Sirius B, they knew it was a dense, white-dwarf star, and were able to trace the path that each star travelled in.
Anthropologist Cheikh Anta Diop writes:
The density of a white dwarf is such that a volume that will fit in a thimble weighs around 40 tons. This is a star that has used up all of its energy and has collapsed in on itself. The colossal pressure that accompanies such a collapse pushes the electrons of the stars atoms into its nucleus, and the empty space that separates atoms disappears. Therefore, matter, which is usually presented as hollow, becomes solid and dense.
It is certain that the Dogon have acquired specific knowledge od the existence of this white dwarf star, invisible to the naked eye, and of its enormous density; similarly, they know of its trajectory and that of Sirius A: Digitaria is the smallest of all things. It is the heaviest star,” say the Dogon. The vivid language used by the Dogon must not lead us to devalue their comprehension of this phenomenon, for it could not be otherwise.
The Mystery Deepens
Earlier, we used the term ‘heliacal rising.’ This is an event that takes place, according to both Dogon and Kemetic tradition, every 1,461 years. This marks the occasion upon which the Sirius star is eclipsed by the Sun. From this point, that’s one cycle. The next time that happens, it completes another cycle. It’s 1,461 years between those two cycles. And this cycle has been observed by the Kemetic cultures, including that of the Dogon, for millennia; we’re talking at least 73,000 years ago. This is the only cycle in history that has been observed, consistently measured, and has not changed or wavered.
So, it becomes more than just a theory when dealing with the heliacal rising and the Sirius star. And this is something that they maintained records and based everything on, as far as time division, based it on that particular aspect of the celestial bodies and movements of those celestial bodies.
So far, we have only discussed the findings of one particular Dogon tribe. There are other tribes that specialize in the study of a particular region of the sky. The Ono tribe study Venus, the Dommo study Orion’s shield, the Aru study the moon, and the Dyon the sun. Thus the Dogon have the lunar, solar, and sidereal calendars – just like the Egyptians.
Somehow, the Dogon also knew of the rings of Saturn, or the existence of the asteroid belt, and of the four largest moons of Jupiter. This knowledge had been passed down in the form of encrypted oral tales from generation to generation. One can only imagine how they came to this knowledge (long before the arrival of whites in the area) without modern technology, or why such knowledge was important to them. The imagination runs wild.