Lastnight i decided to play the nice spouse by helping to warm the stew. Nobody send me work o. So while i waited for some simmering i sort to relax and settled to watch a documentary on the Dogon people of Mali. It was and still is an interesting and indeed shocking series of clips. Its about a remote tribe in Mali that somehow have immense knowledge of the cosmos. The Dogon Tribe has an incredibly advanced and accurate knowledge of astronomy and mathematics.
So captivating was the documentary that i forgot the stew. And of course, it got reduced to a small portion of its original volume with carbon all around.
Long story short, madam decided we have Yam and Stew(the same stew) for breakfast. i knew she only wanted me to taste my hand work.
But i’m not here to gist you about my family matters.
The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of the West African country of Mali. Researchers investigating these people have reported that they seem to possess advanced astronomical knowledge, the nature and source of which have subsequently become embroiled in controversy.
The Dogon people live in the Homburi Mountains near Timbuktu. At the center of their religious teachings is knowledge about a star that is invisible to the eye and so difficult to observe, even through a telescope, that no photographs were taken of it until 1970.
Scientists, Griaule and Dieterlen, who have spent a lot of time with this tribe in a bid to understand them were puzzled and prefaced their analysis with the disclaimer, “The problem of knowing how, with no instruments at their disposal, men could know the movements and certain characteristics of virtually invisible stars has not been settled, nor even posed.”
In 1976, the book “The Sirius Mystery” by Robert K. G. Temple says that the Dogon’s system reveals precise knowledge of cosmological facts only known by the development of modern astronomy, since they appear to know, from Griaule and Dieterlen’s account, that Sirius is part of a binary star system, whose second star, Sirius B, a white dwarf, is however completely invisible to the human eye (just as Digitaria has the smallest grain known to the Dogon) and that it takes 50 years to complete its orbit. The existence of Sirius B had only been inferred to exist through mathematical calculations undertaken in 1844. The Dogon knew of another star in the Sirius system, Emme Ya, or a star “larger than Sirius B but lighter and dim in magnitude.” In 1995, gravitational studies indeed showed the possible presence of a brown dwarf star orbiting around Sirius (a Sirius-C) with a six-year orbital period.
They have four calendars, for the Sun, Moon, Sirius, and Venus, and have long known that planets orbit the sun. Something we just learnt in school.
When asked how they got all this information, The Dogon say they received their knowledge from visitors to the earth from another star system. The Dogon talk about Nommo – amphibian deities that arrived in a spaceship. They interacted with the people who assembled in large numbers around the lake that was created around the ship. The Nommos are also called Masters of the Water, the Monitors, and the Teachers.
Their (Dogon) mythology which is a complex system of knowledge is known only by a number of the Dogon priests. Such carefully guarded secrets would not be divulged to strangers easily. If the star “Emme Ya” (Sirius C) is eventually discovered in the Sirius system, this would give considerably weight to the Dogon’s story. Until then, fingers crossed.
Back to my stew, i’ve been forced to eat it with rice again o. This is unfair.