southern Mali, West Africa, lives a tribe whose members believe they
were visited some 3000 years ago by extraterrestrial beings from
another star system. From these beings, they would have had received
advanced knowledge about a certain star called Sirius B, which is
situated within the star cluster of Pleiades and could not be seen with
only the naked eye.
Members of the Dogon tribe (see image on the right) already knew about Sirius B long before western science rediscovered the star system. Their religious tradition, dating back to their Egyptian roots, was later imparted through Greek migratory patterns and the name Sirius was given by the ancient Greeks. They shared their knowlegde with French anthropologists before its discovery by the western world in the year 1862, as what looked like a white dwarf: a very small star with an incredible mass and density. Its had first been photographed in the year 1970, but western science already knew of its existence.
would have been revealed since the year 1946 to the anthroplogists
Marcel Griaule and Germain Dieterlen by four Dogon "priests"
who would have been initiates of their own esoteric knowlegde.
According to one of these priests named Ogotemmelli, at that time,
only 15 percent of the tribe's members would have been exposed
to this "secret knowlegde".
In the year 1991 the Dutch anthropologist Wouter (Walter) van Beek travelled to Mali to research the matter. He however did not find a single trace of the detailled story about Sirius B. This could mean that this knowlegde eventually became lost or that they didn't tell him (let us not forget it was supposed to be "secret knowlegde"), or that the story of Griaule and Dieterlen was incorrect. The anthropologists M. Griaule and G. Dieterlen shared their information with Robert Temple, who accordingly wrote the book: "The Sirius Mystery" (1975). It is assumed by some that this information became popular because of this book, but other authors already mentioned this information before, including Peter Kolosimo in his book: "Non e terrestre" (1968), were he referred to the information from Prof. Jean Servier, ethnography teacher at Montpellier.
According to the story, the Dogon named the star
Sirius: "Pô Tolo". "Pô" would be the word for the smallest planets they
knew. It would be the most heavy star because all earth on that star
was transformed into an unbelievably heavy metal called "Sagolu" (or
"Sagala"). It was claimed that the star was white, would have an orbit
of its own that was elliptical and had Sirius A as its focus.
Scientific evidence actually confirmed these claims. Furthermore, they
claimed the sidereal time was 50 years, while scientists discovered a
sidereal time of 50.04 years with variations of 0.09 years. The Dogon
believed the star travelled around her own orbit, which is also
They also would have said there is a third star in this system they call "Emma Ya", which is orbited by a planet. Although we do not know whether or not this star and planet exists, in the year 1995 the French researchers Daniel Benest and J.L. Duvent suggested the possibility of the existence of a third star with the system of Sirius The Dogon also would have known that Saturn has rings, that Jupiter has four moons and that planets orbited around the sun. The tribe woud have made use of four calendars which are based on the sun, the moon, Sirius B and Venus.
According to Griaule al this knowlegde would have been received by amphibious beings who were known as “Nommos”, who would have come from the star system of Sirius. He described these beings as fish-like, shaped as a kind of dolphin. They arrived on planet Earth in a space ship with three triangular “paws”. As soon as they landed, they created water to get into it. They could live as well on land as in water. Some of them stayed in a bigger space ship which orbited in the atmosphere. The word “Nommos” would have been derived from the Dogon word “to drink”, and they also would have called them the "Masters of the Water”, the "Monitors”, and the "Mentors”.
According to the research of Verbeek, Griaule would have gone to far with his conclusions, and that he would have presented his own outrageous assumptions as facts. He even believes that it was Griaule himself who initially told the tribe about Sirius B. According to Verbeek there was also nothing known about so-called "secret" information which was only known by a small number of its inhabitants This however does not mean that this knowlegde couldn't have existed because Verbeek's research was conducted some 35-45 years later. The research mentions the Nommos as "water spirits", where there is no mention about spaceships and such like Griaule described. Anyway, it would be highly unlikely that a primitive tribe like the Dogon would have been talking specifically about spaceships.
This however doesn't rule out the possiblity that these spirits couldn't have been of extraterrestrial origin, because according to the myth they would have descended from the heavens, which is very similar to the previously mentioned Mesopotamian/Biblical story from Genesis about the angels who descended to the earth. (See the chapter: "The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men".) Their mythology seems to be steeped by influences from a multitude of Mesopotamian/Biblical stories (Adam and Eve, Moses) but with substantive differences. Some researchers believe that the Dogon tribe were a division of the people from the early ancient Egyptians.