Ancient knowledge of the Dogon Visitors
In 1976, Robert Temple made news with a Sirius B mystery of another sort. In his book, The Sirius Mystery, he speculated that Earth had been visited a few thousand years ago by amphibious beings from a planet around Sirius. His evidence for this incredible assertion came from a report by French anthropologists Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, who in the 1930s and 1940s had studied the traditions and mythology of the Dogon, a remote West African tribe located about 300 kilometers south of Timbuktu in Republic of Mali.
Some elements of the Dogon mythology are reminiscent of ancient Egypt, including the prominence of Sirius in their traditions. Other aspects reveal an impressive knowledge of bits and pieces of modern astronomy.
For example, according to Griaule and Dieterlen, the Dogon believed that the Earth and other planets rotate on their axes and orbit the Sun, that Jupiter has four moons, and that Saturn has a ring around it.
How did the Dogon come by this knowledge?
Temple’s book says that long ago an ark descended to the ground amid a great wind and brought amphibious beings, known as the Nommo, who gave the Dogon the scoop on Sirius B. But then why did they not mention the rest of Jupiter and Saturn’s moons, the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, and other fascinating objects such as neutron stars and black holes?
Another explanation for the Dogon’s knowledge is that they did indeed have extraordinary eyesight. According to Robert Burnham, author of the classic Burnham’s Celestial Handbook, Sirius B can be observed with a 10-inch reflecting telescope on a very clear night. With such capabilities, it would also be fairly easy to observe Uranus and Neptune, and many other fascinating cosmic sights not mentioned by the Dogon.
Or, could Sirius B have been brighter in the past? A number of ancient writers (Cicero, Horace, Seneca, and Ptolemy) described Sirius as “ruddy,” raising the possibility that Sirius B might have been in red giant stage 2000 or so years ago, on its way to becoming a white dwarf. This is unlikely, given our knowledge of stellar evolution, which estimates the time for such a transition to be more like 100,000 years, but as Chandra, Hubble and other modern telescopes have shown, nature still has plenty of surprises in store for us. A more prosaic explanation favored by Burnham is that the ancients used terms for color differently, (e.g. the yellow stars Capella, Arcturus and Pollux were all described as red.)
Even if Sirius B was a red giant, it leaves the question as to how the Dogon knew that it was going to turn into a white dwarf.
The Dogon tell the legend of the Nommos, awful-looking beings who arrived in a vessel along with fire and thunder. The Nommos, who could live on land but dwelled mostly in the sea, were part fish, like merfolk (mermaids and mermen). Similar creatures have been noted in other ancient civilizations — Babylonia’s Oannes, Acadia’s Ea, Sumer’s Enki, and Egypt’s goddess Isis. It was from the Nommos that the Dogon claimed their knowledge of the heavens.
The Dogon also claimed that a third star (Emme Ya) existed in the Sirius system. Larger and lighter than Sirius B, this star revolved around Sirius as well. And around it orbited a planet from which the Nommos came.
The Nommos are a race of Beings that takes the physical forms of dolphins, whales, mermaids/mermen. Their home world is a planet in the Sirius star system that is mostly warm aqua-blue water. Many of the Nommos walk upright. They are known for their highly advanced use of sound.
In conclusion the true question is were they visited by star people or was it a advanced civilization on earth at this time that may not have looked the same as the Dogon tribe . Indigenous tribes copied nature and create art by what they observe so maybe there is much more to this story then has been told .