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Sirius B and the Dogon

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You may have heard about the relationship between the Dogon people of Mali and SIrius B. There have been accounts about the Dogon being given knowledge of this elusive star by either supernatural beings or ancient aliens, and that they have been in communication with these beings ever since. In Robert K.G. Temple's book,"The Sirius Mystery", the author discusses the controversial work of ethnographers Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen who claimed that the Dogon have had ongoing contact with aliens, the same beings who supposedly originated the Pharaoh system of Egypt, Greek mythology, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and more ancient knowledge. Israeli astrophysicist Noah Brosch contested that the Dogon could have obtained knowledge of Sirius B from ethnographers or from other European contact. Astronomers Carl Sagan and Ian Ridpath stated that "cultural contamination" was likely. Journalist James Oberg suggested that the Dogon could have traveled abroad and gained the knowledge elsewhere. Walter Van Beek claimed that the Dogon did not consider Sirius to be a double star and that astronomy had no particular cultural importance to them. All of this notwithstanding, the Dogon have a complex cultural tradition from a Western perspective, and it seems that the mysterious relationship between the Malian tribe and Sirius B continues...


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