The Dogon tribe lived predominantly in the area around Male, West Africa, and is believed to be of Egyptian decent. What is astonishing about them is a strong Astronomical knowledge believed to be from around 3200 B.C.
According to their legend, Sirius had an invisible companion star which had an elliptical axis and orbited the visible star in a 50 year cycle, and also rotated on its own axis. The companion was considered a very heavy star.
There is recorded evidence of the Dogon passing on this legend to a team of French anthropologists in 1930, fascinating it was considering that Modern Science could photograph this invisible star only in 1970, using extremely powerful telescopes. This is the star we call Sirius – B.
According to a Dogon legend, Earth had visitors from the Sirius system many thousands of years ago. They were called the Nommos, and were considered Amphibious in the likes of Mermen and Mermaids. They also appear in Babylonian, Acadian and Sumerian Myths, and are linked to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, who is often depicted as a mermaid. By the Dogon legend, their home planet orbited another star, and their journey to earth was in an Ark. The Dogon was also in possession of astounding information, like that the planets orbited the sun, that Saturn had rings, and that there were four moons to Jupiter. Was Galileo looking? The Dogon also felt that there was a third star – Sirius C, and it was around this that the home of the Nommos orbited.
Was it that we really had such illustrious visitors passing on profound knowledge of the Skies and the Stars? or was it figments of imagination based on raw Astronomical information?.
Astounding, considering the fact that different civilizations, far flung from each other and Un informed about each other’s existence, all had different stories to tell where the essence was the same – Threads of a Fabric.
Makes the Muddled Mosaic muddier!
Keep Your eyes on the ball!!!
Calicut, winter 2007