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3.0 out of 5 stars The Sirius mystery: Please give us a break!!!, 6 May 2003
This review is from: The Sirius Mystery: New Scientific Evidence for Alien Contact 5000 Years Ago (Paperback)
Contrary to what the title might suggest, this book is not
entirely about scientific evidence on an ancient Alien Contact
as the other reviewers might make you believe, but it also
focuses on Greek Mythology and Egyptian Theology, both of which,
he shamelessly cannibalizes.
The author begins by citing events, which supposedly prove how
at least two NASA(?!?) employees pursued something of a vendetta
against him, allegedly attempting to prevent him of enlightening
the rest of mankind with his "forbidden" theories. He proceeds
later on to claim, that when NASA got tired of hunting him, they
enlisted the likes of CIA(!) agents to dicourage him further.
After having satisfied himself on giving away the US services,
he focuses on a formerly obscure African tribe by the name
of "Dogon" who hail from African Mali. He then proceeds to
make an in depth analysis of the unique heritage of those people
which seems to contain a lot of details on the star-system of
the constellation Sirius, like the rate-of-revolution of Sirius-
B around Sirius-A, the knowledge that Sirius B is a "heavy
star", etc. He even claims that the Dogon were in possession of
information on that Star-system, which scientists have only
recently come to discover, and that they could never have
possibly beeen able to acquire this information by themselves-
therefore they must have obtained it from somewhere.
The author suggests that the Dogon obtained this heritage from
Ancient Egypt, and he later claims that the Dogon were the
descendants of the "Guardians" of the desert oracle of Amon Ra.
That's where the book starts to get paranoid.
The author in a desperate attempt to attach some credibility
to his theory, draws heavily upon parts of Egyptian Theology,
Greek Mythology,& Sumerian Cosmogony which he boldly
transfigures to suit his theories. He thus is proved to be
wrong, by reaching unthinkable and absurd conclusions.
We thus learn, that the African Dogon are in fact the descendants
of the Greek Argonauts(!), that the Greek and Hebrew
civilizations & people are related to each other(!) and that our
Ancient Goddess Athena/Minerva is the same with Isis, and that
she was actually "Negro". (One of my Israeli pals nearly jumped
out of the window when I told him of Mr. Temple's conclusions.)
I wonder how Temple would explain the fact that Athena's Greek
statues (older than the Roman copies) feature Athena having
perfect Nordic features, and traces of paint found on a few
of her statues prove that she was thought to have blond hair and
blue eyes.(Ancient Greek & Roman statues where painted)
His absurd conclusions and obsessions aside, this is a moderately
interesting book, which could have even bordered upon the limits
of "scientfic & serious" (his study of the Dogon is not bad)
had he been subtle enough to restrict himself to citing mere
facts in the manner of, John J. Robinson for instance.
Three stars for his study of the Dogon alone.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2009 15:15:03 GMT
Whole Truth says:
Thank you, for your passionate review of this book ! You definitely gave me the inspiration to buy this book. I have read Sirius Mysteries first published in 1976 and found Robert Temple's work to be well researched and extremely factual. Unfortunately not all history or science was given to the world via the Greeks or the Jews.

Egypt is in Africa, Fact! The cult of Isis extends over 6000 years and that exceeds European History, making Isis, original name Aset, African or Negro, as you would put it.

The Dogon are not an obscure African tribe, they are displaced Egyptians/ Kemitans, so if you were looking to find your fellow European philosophies in the heart of Africa, I'm sorry you were disappointed. The Dogon had information unknown to Europeans in that time, which has now been proven to be fact by astronomers. They are still looking for Sirius C. It is really sad when people allow their prejudices to get in the way of Truth! I suggest you need to research other sources and widen your only European perspectives.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2009 12:12:21 GMT
zargb5 says:
This book is written by a paranoid delusional fantasist conspiracy theory wacko. The whole truth? sounds like blind faith to me. Come on get a life!

Posted on 5 Apr 2009 16:51:06 BDT
Acoustica says:
I think there is some latent racism going on here. It's recently been proven from genome studies that the Lemba tribe of South Africa (black skin colour, Bantu speakers) are Jewish in descent, as indeed their tribal legends claim. See Tudor Parfitt's book on the lost Ark of the Covenant for example (he's a SOAS professor). It wouldn't be remotely surprising if the Dogon had Greek, Phoenician or Sumerian descent, since these peoples were great seafarers and explorers. What a small world some of you people inhabit.

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Benjamin says:
Very informative and fair review - thanks.

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