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Another tile in the slowly-emerging mosaic of revised ancient history
on 8 August 2011
The Sirius Mystery is an examination of the amazing fact that the Dogon tribe in central Africa have possessed for at least many centuries knowledge of the Sirius star system which has only become known to modern man within the last century or so. The obvious implication of this is that there was advanced knowledge of the stars in ancient times. The obvious question which arises is where did that knowledge come from? When this knowledge is interwoven with a mythology which also seems to suggest knowledge of the people from that star system the mystery becomes ever deeper.
The Sirius Mystery poses the question: has the earth been visited in the past by intelligent life from the region of the Sirius star system? The question, whilst seemingly "far-out" at first, is a perfectly valid one given the extent of the knowledge possessed by the Dogon. The Sirius Mystery is first and foremost a record of what cannot be disputed: that the Dogon tribe possess this knowledge, and have possessed it for longer than the technology which allows us to confirm it has existed. This in itself demands explanation; the most obvious question is from where did this knowledge come from? Or rather, from whom?
The author presents his case in a well-argued and logical fashion, laying out firstly the context into which the main question of the book fits by pointing out some examples of anomalous knowledge from apparently ancient times which have not been either refuted or as yet adequately explained such as the Piri Reis maps. This context consists in essence of the fact that there are large areas where the orthodox accounts of history are tragically incomplete. Academia insists that the question of the origins of man has been pretty much answered, and the only thing missing is the, um, missing link, and that the orthodox chronology of human development is accurate, give or take a century or so. Yet at the same time this is ignoring much evidence which blatantly contradicts this view, one of my favourite examples of which is the Antikythera device, an advanced mechanical astronomical computer recovered from a Greek ship known to have sunk around 100BC.
This is of course not all. The obviously mechanical function of the Great Pyramid, the evidence of ancient civilisation far to the west of the current course of the river Nile, the water erosion around the Sphinx and its enclosure suggestive of many thousands of years of rainfall, all suggest that that a rethink is long overdue as far as ancient Egypt is concerned. There are related hints to be found in recorded mythologies from around the globe and the research of the likes of Immanuel Velikovsky whose analysis leads him to the conclusion that cosmic events in relatively recent history have caused global catastrophes on numerous occasions, any one of which might have caused the collapse and burial of an advanced ancient civilisation. Add to this the fact that, as recorded in Forbidden Archaeology by Michael Cremo, there is very good evidence that Homo Sapiens Sapiens has existed alongside other hominids for at least 10 million years, and possibly far, far longer.
It is therefore clear that orthodox history is incomplete, and that there is little attempt to correct it. It is not unreasonable to question whether the dogmatic insistences of academia are not totally unfounded. In my own reading it seems they are, therefore the question whether humankind has had contact with extraterrestrial intelligence is a perfectly valid and hugely fascinating one. Necessarily quoting at length from the work of French anthropologists Griaule and Dieterlen who were the first Westerners to be allowed into the Dogon's secrets in the 1930s, Robert Temple lays out the basic mythology of the Dogon which revolves around the invisible star Digitaria, the White Dwarf Sirius B - only recently confirmed to exist. This can be heavy going but is well worth the effort. Also shown are the connections with ancient Egypt as we currently know it, and the possibility that the knowledge possessed by the Dogon came from, or was also possessed by, the Egyptians and indeed other cultures such as the Babylonian. This then raises the possibility that there were direct connections between the Dogon and the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians and possibly others, and indeed there is the possibility the Dogon originated in Egypt itself.
The Sirius Mystery doesn't claim to know any answers. It simply raises the question and provides in my opinion a very good case why the question is a valid one. It is certainly not proof of anything except that the Dogon do in fact possess this ancient knowledge - which was known anyway. Those reviewers who claim such works as The Sirius Mystery are pseudoscientific nonsense generally have either not read the book or have totally misunderstood its point - and the point is simply that the possibility exists. No-one claims to know the answers for certain, including this author; however an increasing number of people are becoming aware that the questions do exist. Unfortunately for orthodoxy no amount of naysaying, "debunking" and character assassination (as in the case of Velikovsky) can deny that the possibility exists - for if we cannot say with certainty what DID happen in antiquity we certainly cannot say what did NOT happen.
Robert Temple has supplied another tantalising piece of a slowly emerging mosaic which paints a vastly different picture of ancient history and human development than the version insisted upon by orthodoxy. Whilst I personally do not agree with his conclusions, largely because I lean slightly towards the catastrophist school of thought which leads me to believe that the earth's orientation has changed numerous times, this is the result of a huge amount of research and is well written, well argued, and hugely compelling.