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Did Ancient Astronauts Give Cosmic Knowledge
To Primitive Africans?
The Dogan are an ancient people of Mali in Northwestern
Africa. Presumed by anthropologists to be root African humans,
they inhabit an almost inaccessible, inhospitable desert south
of Timbuktu and south of the Niger River on the southern edge
of the Sahara Desert.
Because there are no paved roads, no electricity, no surface
water and little contact with the outside world, the Dogan
Territories in the Hombori Mountains have been called the "end
of the earth." Indeed, the word Timbuktu_in the 16th century
a thriving metropolis of a million Muslims and now reduced to
a crumbling village of only 10,000_is synonymous with barren
desolation at the end of nowhere.
Anthropological studies by the French in the 1930s and more
recently by British anthropologist Robert Temple, have
revealed a stunningly complex and sophisticated Dogan society.
But what has amazed and mystified researchers most is the fact
that the Dogan have a quite unusual and extensive knowledge of
the star system Sirius.
For centuries the Dogan have held as their most sacred
religious tradition a body of knowledge of the star Sirius
which should be impossible for any primitive tribe to know.
They consider, for example, that the most important star in
the sky is Sirius B, a small star that orbits the bright star
Sirius. But Sirius B is invisible to the unaided eye and was
only photographed via telescope for the first time in 1970.
Their ancient drawings show the Helical rising of Sirius with
the Sun and Sirius joined together. They show the rings of
Saturn and the four major moons of Jupiter as well as the
elliptical orbit of the invisible star Sirius B around Sirius
and relate that, not only is it a dense and heavy star, which
it is now known to be_far more dense than earth_but correctly
note that the elliptical orbit is completed once every 50
years, an event they celebrate at exactly the proper moment,
even if only once or twice in a person's entire lifetime!
Robert Temple suggests that the only access a primitive
African people could have had to such sophisticated knowledge
of a distant and invisible star system would be through the
visit to our planet in ancient times of extraterrestrial
beings who somehow described and explained from whence they
To add to the mystery are strange cliff dwellings that were
carved into the Hombori mountains above the Dogan villages
many centuries ago.
But the rooms are far too small for normal size humans to live
in. Dogan legend has it that these dwellings were inhabited by
a long-vanished people they call "the little blue men."
Was it from them that the Dogan received their remarkable
knowledge of the cosmos?
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