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The brightest star in the sky, and an African mystery



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It is easy to locate the star Sirius in our night skies. This time of year it is found in the high in the south, just to the left of Orion the hunter (whom we talked about in December.) Even if you aren’t sure which way south is, just go out around 8 or 9PM and turn around until you see a very bright star. If you also see Orion, you have found Sirius.

The stars of Orion are bright because they are huge, hundreds of times larger than the Sun, so they appear brilliant even though they are 600 to over a thousand light years away. Sirius is bright because it is so close, only 8.6 light years. Sirius is only a little over twice the size of the Sun, and if it were a few dozen light years away, it would fade in with the other dimmer stars.

The mystery comes in when we look at the importance of Sirius, and the Dogon tribe of Africa. The Dogon (pronounced doe-gon) people live in Mali, in the cliff country around the bend of the Niger River. These people are farmers who try to raise enough grain to keep them for the year. The soil is poor and problems from insects and drought are common. But the Dogon tough it out. They are resourceful and persistent.

Anthropologists first learned of the connection between Sirius and the Dogon in 1931. The Dogon claim that Sirius, or rather an invisible companion star around Sirius, is one of most important things in the sky.

According to the Dogon, Sirius is called sigi tolo, and it has a tiny unseen companion called po tolo, or "deep beginning." This star po tolo is associated with the fonio grain, which is native to Africa, and the Dogon call po. This po grain is the smallest grain the Dogon know of, and was the first of the eight different seeds made by the creator, Amma.

The Dogon say the po grain is just like the star po tolo, tiny, white and very heavy. According to the Dogon creation myth, all things emerged from this star, just as all the other grain emerged from the first po seed grain.

The Dogon say that the star Po is the heaviest of stars, and used to be where our Sun is now. Then Po and the other stars all moved away from the Sun. But even though Po tolo has moved, it is still important. It is the "center of the sky." Po tolo’s influence keeps the other stars in place. The dogon say that Po tolo circles around Sirius once every fifty years.

This story might sound like a typical myth, that colors all cultures, but there is a mystery here. Sirius actually does have a companion star! Astronomers refer to the companion as Sirius B. It is a very small, very dense white dwarf star. And, it orbits Sirius in fifty years! Modern astronomy discovered Sirius B in 1844 by the wobbly motion of Sirius. But Sirius B was not seen through a telescope until 1862 with an eighteen and a half inch telescope. This telescope was the largest in the world at the time, and that is what it took to actually see the star!

The Dogon perform an elaborate ceremony every sixty years that they say is associated with the fifty year cycle of Sirius A and B. One has to wonder why the ceremony is ten years longer than the star’s cycle, but the Dogon say that this sixty year cycle is `related to’ the actual 50 year period. Records of the ceremonial masks they used show the ceremonies being held all the way back to the thirteenth century. But if it took such a large telescope to see the companion star, how did the Dogon know about Sirius B?

Fanciful thoughts of ancient astronauts may come to mind, but the solution seems to be more of an earthly nature. One explanation that has some possibility is that of cultural contamination. This happens when outside stories and information are brought into a culture by other cultures. If the stories or news fancy that culture, they often weave it into their own stories. But this explanation doesn’t fit very well when you consider how far back the traditions of the Dogon go.

It is also important to take note of the parts of the story that do not fit with what we know. (We tend to look for the puzzle pieces that fit, not the ones that don’t.) For example, the Dogon say that there is a third star in the system called emme ya tolo, that is larger and four times brighter than Sirius B. No such star has ever been found.

The mystery still awaits a final solution. It is certainly a complex, and perplexing mystery. And whatever the solution, the Dogon are certainly clever people. They certainly have the science community wondering!

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~~~~ Sonja ~~~~ thank you! ~~~~ very interesting ~~~~  param

Yes, indeed! Sirius and its Moon - Sirius B - which is not visible from the Earth without telescopes have always been playing an important role in man's past! The Dogon, the Egyptians, the Maya ... they all knew about it - and it has an obvious connection to Earth as we see from the floodings of the Nile!


I wish you a blessed week ahead, dear Param Gian :-)


Sonja Myriel


The Dogon Tribe
Robert Temple’s ground-breaking book, “The Sirius Mystery”, looks in detail at the belief of the Dogon, an African tribe living in the Mali republic in the sub-Sahara, that Sirius is a binary star system.  This information is impossible to obtain without using modern telescopes.  Not only that, but the figure of 50 years that they allegedly claim for the orbit of Sirius B around Sirius A is absolutely accurate. The Dogon claim that this ‘sacred knowledge’ was given them by a race of god-like extra-terrestrials that came to earth from the Sirius system itself.


Robert Temple

Temple’s treatment of this material is thorough, and he draws upon a wealth of ancient mythology to show corroborating data throughout the ancient world (1).  However, other scholars doubt the claims of the Dogon.  They argue that the Dogon were fed this information when contact was first made with Westerners (2).  As such, Temple’s scholarly work has been side-lined by the scientific establishment, unfairly in my opinion.

A lot is made of the elliptical symbolism used by the Dogon to describe their sacred tertiary star system.  They clearly identify this system as Sirius.  Let us suppose that they have a long religious tradition, dating back to their Egyptian roots, then imparted through Greek migratory patterns.  This tradition did indeed describe Sirius and this elliptical binary star system, but the Dogon were already separated from mainstream civilisation during the period we are interested in, namely the 1st century AD.  They, like the Middle Eastern world, watched the heliacal setting and rising of Sirius each year, in the hope of seeing the appearance of the binary dark star, Nibiru.  During the first century AD, it appeared, as promised.

They watched the red star appear near Sirius, and possibly watched some of its motion through the constellation of Canis Major.  The perihelion passage was marred visually for the Dogon, just as it was for the Romans, Egyptians and Mesopotamians.  The sense of the motion having occurred around the Sun was thus lost.  It is easy to see how the Dogon would attribute the star’s appearance to Sirius the Sirius system itself: the red star appears near Sirius, moves across it and disappears.  To the Dogon, the ‘Nommo star’ must have appeared to move along its elliptical orbit, brightening whilst coming towards us, and than receding back to Sirius. The tradition of the Sirius system as being the home of the gods would have been visibly played out in the heavens for the Dogon observers.

A piercing bright red star appeared near Sirius in 25AD and the seemed to move around it before again disappearing.  The Dogon, disconnected from the rest of the civilised world, interpreted this star as that of the Nommo, and thus believed that they had seen the invisible companion of Sirius appear in the sky.

In her review of Temple’s material, d’Arc summarises aspects of his research that finds relevance to this argument: 
“The Dogon are aware that “an infinite number of stars and spiralling worlds exist” and that all types of creatures live on other “Earths”.  In addition, they say that the Nommo, the people who come to Earth in their spaceships, will come back again when their ‘star’ appears in the heavens as “testament to the Nommo’s resurrection”.  (3)

The Dogon also say that the third star in the system will appear to us, a star that may actually turn out to be a brown dwarf.  This faint, red star could not hope to ever be seen from the Earth, however.  So did the Dogon seen Nibiru and thought that they were seeing the ‘star of the Nommo’?  Is this inconsistent with their knowledge of the Sirius system, or does this explain further pieces of the puzzle?

What is stunning about this Dogon oral tradition is how it was not stamped out by the various xenophobic purges of the following 2000 years.  It retains the knowledge of an elliptical, binary star system, with the lesser star being tiny, but heavy, as is the white dwarf Sirius B.  It includes slightly confusing information about a third tiny ‘star’, which the Dogon say will appear in our skies.  The appearance of the Nommo’s star is connected with a return to the Earth of the ‘monitor of the Universe’, which is very similar to the idea of the Nefilim, or Watchers.  The problem is that the Dogon claim that the Nommo originate from the Sirius system, yet appear on the Earth with a visible star in the sky.  Temple has quite reasonably interpreted this as a spaceship appearing from Sirius.

But there is another possibility.

Sol’s passage through the Orion Molecular Cloud

Our Sun is moving in the direction of the Solar Apex, an area of the sky near the bright northern star Vega.  The stars in the Sun’s vicinity circle the galactic core, as does the Sun, in an undulating motion similar to a carousel horse.  But the current direction of the Sun is a little ‘peculiar’, as discussed by Graham Hancock in ‘The Mars Mystery’: 
“Superimposed on the Sun’s predominantly circular (albeit up-and-down) trajectory about the galactic nucleus there is also what astronomers refer to as the ‘peculiar’ solar velocity: 
 ‘This direction…lies…roughly halfway between the bright stars Vega and Ras Alhaque, almost exactly opposite the molecular clouds in Orion.’”  (4)

The angle of direction with respect to the galactic plane is 30 degrees.  There’s that figure again, so important to the Egyptians (the angle of latitude of the necropolis at Giza) and the Sumerians (the Way of Anu).  Hancock continues: 
“Moreover, this place in the galaxy towards which the Sun is vectored is located opposite the molecular clouds of the Orion nebula…Lying in a region of space through which the Sun and the Earth are estimated to have passed roughly 5 to 10 million years ago, it forms the feature of the Orion constellation, beneath the belt stars…which the ancient Egyptians saw as the phallus of Osiris, the god of rebirth.”   (4)

This area of the sky also takes in Sirius and the Pleiades, the star cluster known as the Seven Sisters. Robert Temple has identified Sirius as the place of origin of the Nommo, and the Pleiades is recognised as a source of intergalactic travellers by modern Ufological lore, despite the relative youth of these stars.  This seems to be an important area of the sky as far as extra-terrestrial visitors to our planet are concerned.

Intriguingly, in Hope’s review of Temple’s theory she notes that the Dogon believe that their Siriun benefactors will one day return, and that their ‘star’ will again appear in the sky: 
“It is not surprising to find the same belief among Dogon tradition – that their Siriun visitors will one day return – a ‘certain star’ will once more appear in the sky and will be a testament to the Nommo’s resurrection.”  (5)

Temple and Hope consider the Dogon drawings of the Nommo vessel, in the form of a luminous circle, to be a spacecraft descending in a whirling pattern to Earth.  But an alternative interpretation is that these pictures actually represent Nibiru as it appeared to the Dogon, and everyone else, roughly 2000 years ago.  This would tie in better with Hope’s reference to a ‘certain star’ appearing in the sky, especially when taken in the context of the Nommo resurrection.  This train of thought may indicate a connection between the Anunnaki of the Nibiru system and the Oannes of the Sirius system.  Is it possible that the Anunnaki originate from the latter, before colonising the former?  In other words, the Anunnaki were originally space-farers from Sirius before settling the Nibiru system, and thence onto Earth. Could this explain the bizarre astronomical data contained within the enigmatic mediaeval Voynich Manuscript? (6,7)   This might go a long way towards explaining the confused muddle that these ancient myths represent. 

Close-up of the orbital trajectory, a celestial reference that mystifies those who have tried to decipher the Voynich Manuscript's code. 

This page from the Voynich Manuscript seems to portray an orbital trajectory between a cluster of 7 small stars and the Sun.  Are these the Pleiades, or a Dark Star reference, similar to the Talisman of Orpheus?

The above cylinder seal also comtains the same 7 stars imagery with the upturned crescent, in the context of the Nommo/Oannes figure, and the Age of  Pisces! Does this signify the future return of Nibiru and its moons during the time of Christ?


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