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The Sirius Mystery-Paranormal Musings Newsletter
In central Mali and northern Burkina Faso, West Africa lived an ancient people called, The Dogon. This tribal group was agriculturalists and cattle herders famous for their sculptures of metal and wood. They were also famous for being the subjects of a book entitled, “The Sirius Mystery,” written by Robert G. Temple in 1977.
According to Temple, the Dogon were visited by beings who claimed to be from the Sirius star system. These beings (Nommo) taught the Dogons the arts and esoteric information like Greek mythology, among other things.
Temple's theory was based on his comparative resemblances among Dogon, Egyptian and Sumerian beliefs and symbols.
The book reports that the meeting between the Dogon and the alien race took place between 1,000 and 7,000 years ago. Temple believed that the knowledge the Dogon possessed was at least 5,000 years old and was probably borrowed from the ancient Egyptian people -- which he believed also had astral teachers.
The Dogon legend states that the Nommo beings were fish-like in appearance and traveled to Earth in a spindle –shaped ark. Temple contended that the only way the Dogon people could know about Sirius A (a star that is twice as large and hot as our own sun) and it’s moon, Sirius B (smaller than our Earth, but so dense that a cubic meter of its matter would weigh three million tons!) would be from beings who really were from outer space.
Whether the Nommo beings were from Sirius A or B, or from another star whose civilization had knowledge of the Sirius star system can never be documented. However, the knowledge the Dogons had regarding this star system could not have come to them through normal learning.
The West African Dogon tribe had intelligence of the Universe far beyond their piers. They had no telescopes with which to study the night sky. But they do have stories that have been handed down from generation to generation regarding visitors form a far-away star system who called themselves the Nommo. This is not something they could have just conjured up on their own, not being in contact with anyone from Earth who knew as much as they did about that area of the Universe.
Dogon legends also included knowledge of Jupiter's four moons and Saturn's rings, which were not seen by human beings until the invention of the telescope.