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.
Who were these people that had knowledge that would have been impossible to possess with primitive technology?
The Origins of the Dogon
When you look into the face of a Dogon, you could be looking at a descendant of Old Kemet. When Arabs invaded Kemet in the year 616 A.D., many Egyptians fled to the south to avoid being forced to convert to Islam. As they fled, they carried their traditions with them across the African continent. To avoid their persecutors and Islamization, the refugees encrypted their language and spiritual systems to avoid being detected.
These refugees spread out over the African continent, giving birth to new civilizations that preserved the old ways. In Kush, the building traditions were kept alive in the pyramids they built. In Nigeria, King Oduduwa would introduce the Kemetic language and religion to the Nok culture, giving birth to Yoruba traditions and Orisha modeled after the Neter (Gods and demigods in Egypt). And in Mali, Egyptian refugees – according to several oral traditions settled first in Mande, located to the southwest of the Bandiagara escarpment near Bamako (shown below).
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 speak of alien beings called Nummo or Nommo, a race people from the Sirius star 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. (Side Note: The Egyptian Neter 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 Earth animals were able to speak was through genetic modification. According to the Dogon, 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.
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 as proof, White explorers rolled their eyes.
And then radio astronomers pointed their telescopes to the exact location of the Dogon’s “home” star in the 1930s… 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 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).
The Dogon placed Sirius B, which they referred to as Digitaria, at the center of their belief system. 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.
Every 50 years, the Dogon honor the completion of the rotation of the two stars with a ceremony called Sigui: the most important event in Dogon tradition. The Sigui ceremony symbolises the death of the first ancestor and the moment that humanity acquired the use of the spoken word.
What baffled anthropologists and astronomers is this: how did the Dogon know that Sirius was a binary star system… 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?
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 the term ‘heliacal rising’ was used. 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 at least 73,000 years. This is the only cycle in history that has been observed, consistently measured, and has not changed or wavered.
Observation of the heliacal rising and the Sirius star are two scientifically proved demonstrations of the knowledge of the Dogon, but they are far from the only examples:
- The Ono community – a subdivision of the Dogon culture – studies Venus
- The Dommo study Orion’s shield,
- The Aru study the moon,
- and the Dyon study 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.