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Sirius Mystery, The

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Has Earth in the past been visited by intelligent beings from the region of the star Sirius?

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Robert G. K. Temple, a highly respected classical scholar and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, was initially fascinated by his discovery that an African tribe called the Dogon appeared to have known for centuries that the dog star Sirius is actually a double-star, a fact finally confirmed by astronomers in 1995. The star's companion, Sirius B, had been invisible to even the most powerful telescopes, although it's existence was suspected as long as 1830.

The Dogon tradition records that knowledge of Sirius B and other astronomical data (such as the fact that the planets revolved around the sun, that the moon was dry and lifeless and that Jupiter had moons and Saturn had rings) had been entrusted to their ancestors by fish-like gods from a third star in the Sirius system almost 5000 years ago. The Dogon called these gods the Nommo and had incorporated stories about them and Sirius in their rites and rituals.

Temple's interest in a possible Dogon connection with ancient Egypt and Sumeria intensified when he recalled that the Egyptians held Sirius, the dog star, to be sacred and that Isis, the principal goddess of ancient Egypt and sister-wife of Osiris, was often depicted with two minor goddesses, suggesting that the Egyptians might also have known that Sirius was a three-star system. This knowledge was not incorporated in their hieroglyphics as it was reserved for initiates.

He was also impressed by the fact that the Babylonians, who absorbed Sumeria into their empire in 2000 BC, believed that civilization had been founded by fish gods under a leader named Oannes, a name strikingly similar to the Mayan word "oaana", meaning "he who has residence in water".

While Temple readily admits that there are still many unanswerable questions about which he can only speculate, he remains convinced that there were a number of roughly simultaneous landings by a technically advanced race of extraterrestrials in ancient Egypt and Sumeria around 3500 BC. And that these visitors helped our distant ancestors to establish the first civilizations.


"The mind not only bends but warps..."     ~Kirkus Reviews

"The mind boggles... Robert Temple is cautious. He has intellectual integrity... (his) massive research into the ancient mythologies of numerous civilizations and cultures one can only regard with awe."     ~Sunday Times (London)

"Before dismissing Mr. Temple's theme as fantasy or science fiction one should read his well-documented book and examine his case without prejudice."     ~Oxford Mail

"The Sirius Mystery argues with some sophistication the likelihood that superior beings from Sirius visited earth between 7,000 and 10,000 years ago. Temple unleashes a torrent of arcane information... a swirl of genuine astronomical mysteries, anthropological dates and the tricky cross-currents of comparative mythology."     ~Time Magazine

"Arthur Young had a particular passion for reading about mythologies from all over the world, including those of obscure tribes. One day he showed me a book entitled African Worlds, which contained several chapters, each dealing with a different tribe, with its views of life and its customs and mythology.

There was a chapter about the Dogon translated into English from the French of Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, the eminent anthropologists. Arthur pointed out to me a passage he had just read in this chapter, in which these anthropologists were describing the cosmological theories of the Dogon. I shall quote the paragraph which I read then, which first brought to my attention this whole extraordinary question, so that the reader will begin this subject just as I did, with this brief reference:

'The starting-point of creation is the star which revolves round Sirius and is actually named the Digitaria star; it is regarded by the Dogon as the smallest and heaviest of all the stars; it contains the germs of all things. Its movement on its own axis and around Sirius upholds all creation in space. We shall see that its orbit determines the calendar.'

That was all. There was no mention by the anthropologists of the actual existence of such a star which revolves around Sirius. Now Arthur Young and I both knew of the existence of the white dwarf star Sirius B which actually does orbit around Sirius. We knew that it was 'the smallest and heaviest' type of star then known. (Neutron stars and 'black holes' were not much discussed and pulsars had not yet even been discovered.)

We both naturally agreed that this was a most curious allusion from a supposedly primitive tribe."


Robert Temple is visiting professor of the history and philosophy of science at Tsinghua University in Beijing; fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society; member of the Egypt Exploration Society, Royal Historical Society, Institute of Classical Studies, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies; and visiting research fellow of the University of the Aegean in Greece.

Author Temple, Robert
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 290 pp.
Publisher Destiny Books 1987
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