- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Century; First Edition edition (1 Jan. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712678743
- ISBN-13: 978-0712678742
- Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 4 x 16.2 cm
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The Sirius Mystery: Conclusive New Evidence of Alien Influence on the Origins of Humankind in the Traditions of an African Tribe Hardcover – 1 Jan 1998
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Is the existence of civilization on Earth a result of contact from inhabitants of a planet in the sysyem of the star Sirius prior to 3000 BC? There are tribal cultures in present-day Africa whos most sacred and secret traditions are based on this theory. Central to their cosmology is a body of knowledge concerning the system of the star Sirius that is accurate in detail, including specific information only recently accesible to modern science. The author traces the traditions of the Dogon and three related tribes back 5000 years to the ancient Mediterranean cultures of Egypt and Sumer. He shows a knowledge dependent on physics and astrophysics, which they claimed was imported to them by visitors from Sirius.
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The astounding thing is that they also know of Sirius B, a white dwarf companion of the main star which is invisible to the naked human eye and wasn't even found by western astronomers until the 20th century. Furthermore, they know precise astronomical details of the orbit period of the binary system: 50 years, a number which Temple discovered to be central to not only the Dogon's sacred rituals but also to those of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. The Dogon know the white dwarf Sirius B to be of immense density, and describe that if an amount of the star's material the size of a small rock which can be held in the human hand were present on Earth, it would weigh "more than all the iron in the world together" and would be impossible for any human to lift from the ground.
It doesn't stop there. They also claim the system has a third star and can draw diagrams of how the three stars interact and orbit around one another. Astronomers have predicted that based on the behaviour of the now-known binary system there should indeed be a third massive body present somewhere to account for the visibly eccentric movements of the known two, though the third star has yet to be found. They also claim a planet in this triple-star system to be the origin of visitors to the human race millennia ago who imparted all the knowledge of civilisation and classical science to our ancestors, and moreover describe with diagrams very precisely the orbital period of this planet and its trajectory around the star system.
They also know about the four Galilean Moons of the planet Jupiter, and about the rings around Saturn, neither of which are visible without a telescope.
All this is integral to Dogon cosmology and sacred rituals, which they claim to be very ancient and to originate from these visitors from the Sirius system millennia ago.
From acknowledgment that these complex astronomical data have been factually known by the Dogon tribe in great detail for at least centuries, but with no possible `conventional' or `scientific' source available to them, Temple begins his enquiry. The reader is warned that the middle chapters of the book contain a mass of detail about the myths and cosmology of the ancient Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Greeks and Phoenicians which is often very hard going, but Temple does at least offer a small-print 2-page summary to close each chapter.
Temple concludes that the most likely explanation to fit the facts is something close to what the Dogon claim to be the truth. He finds all the astronomical knowledge held by the Dogon as sacred to also be present in other cosmologies from the classical world, where Sirius invariably plays a `starring' role. There is a great deal of evidence that the legendary visitors might have originated from an aquatic environment and been physiologically amphibious, repulsive and shocking to behold to our human ancestors and a long way from the beautiful angelic beings one might expect if the stories of enlightened godlike visitors from the stars had been just invented. Almost all the really ancient classical cultures make references to these beings, and their descriptions are all similar.
The sobering thing about `The Sirius Mystery' is that Temple is no flaky conspiracy-theorist or alternative historian (for example he doesn't believe UFO sightings to be evidence of latter-day extra-terrestrial visitation). He is a diligent and patient academic scholar who seeks out original documents and sources, often not available in the English language, and has obviously committed years to this study. To construct any convincing alternative narrative to that put forward by the author, you're going to have to do the same work he has done or else your arguments are going to look rather lame, and originating from ignorant ideological convictions.
I hold back from awarding 5 stars to `The Sirius Mystery' because it's a tough read; ultimately the author might have made his point more succinctly with better editing, offering a less prolix torrent of information for the reader and more careful selection of data. But his dedication to solving this mystery is genuine enough. Robert Temple's intelligent academic approach might even be seen by some as too conservative and, in the face of such astounding conclusions about the possible origins of human civilization founded on (apparently) persistently corroborated evidence, his restraint is commendable.
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