Sirius B and its Stunning Mysteries
Sirius is the brightest star in our night sky at only 8.6 light years from Earth. But as early as 1844, it was suspected to have a second, invisible star in its system: Sirius B, a “white dwarf” star with incredible density, pulling on the orbit of Sirius thus causing the blue star to wobble on it’s axis. In more recent times, a third star, Sirius C was suspected and recently this small “red dwarf” star has also been proven to exist.
A Strange Connection with the Dogon Tribe
So what’s the mystery? The Dogon Tribe of Mali, West Africa, are believed to be of Egyptian descent and have an astronomical history that goes back to 3200 BC. According to their oral history, they have known about Sirius B and its density for thousands of years, despite the fact that the star is completely invisible in the night sky and the star was only proven to exist in 1970. They have held ceremonies incorporating Sirius and Sirius B that go back to the 13th century and they have a 400-year-old artifact that depicts the Sirius configuration.
Fish People from Outer Space
Weird? Well, it gets weirder. Information regarding Sirius B is said to have been communicated to the Dogons by the Nommos, a group of fish-like people resembling mermaids and mermen. The Nommos were said to have traveled to Earth in an “ark” where they taught the Dogons about the Sirius star system. They said that their planet was located within the Sirius star system and also imparted information regarding our own solar system, including the fact that Jupiter has four major moons, Saturn has rings, and all of our planets orbit the sun. This was all long before Galileo invented the telescope. The Dogons believed that the Nommos were responsible for teaching the ancient Egyptians and Greeks about technology, astronomy and civilization.
Sopdet: Sirius Personified
Evidence of the Nommos is also found through Babylonian, Accadian, Sumerian and Egyptian mythology. Sirius takes great precedence in Egyptian mythology and ancient religious practice was greatly focused on Sirius. Sopdet was a Goddess, sometimes depicted as a woman with a star on her brow or a seated cow wearing a flower or star headdress, often connected to Hathor or Isis and considered to be the embodiment of Sirius, “the dog star” itself. The Egyptian New Year was celebrated at the time when Sirius rose during the inundation of the Nile River, representing fertility and new life.
Details in the Dogon Tribe’s Awareness of Sirius B
The Dogon stories were brought to public attention in Robert K.G. Temple’s 1977 book, The Sirius Mystery. Some scientists have suggested that the tribes received their knowledge from westerners in Europe but this doesn’t explain the tribes’ artifacts and traditions out-dating European awareness of Sirius B, nor does it explain their knowledge of the star’s density which has only recently be known.
Without a documented, modern day visitation from the Nommos or a time machine, it’s impossible to say how the Dogons received their information. It does, however, seem that we simply don’t know everything about this universe in which we live and our true history may be routed in a wilder truth than many of us dare to imagine.