The Sirius Mystery is the hypothesis that the Dogon of Mali, in west Africa, retained an ancient tradition of extraterrestrial contact from the Sirius star system.
These extraterrestrial beings are supposed to have taught the arts and sciences to the human race and are claimed to have originated the Pharaonic system of ancient Egypt, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and Greek mythology, etc.
The “mystery” of the hypothesis is how the Dogon supposedly gained knowledge of Sirius B, a white dwarf star, the companion star of Sirius A, which is invisible without visual aid. Robert Temple argued that since the Dogon had knowledge of that star invisible without visual aid, they must have made contact with alien life.
Carl Sagan spoke on The Sirius Mystery in his book Broca’s Brain. Sagan believed that since the Dogon seemed to have no knowledge of another planet past Saturn, that their knowledge most likely came from a European source, and thus, not an extraterrestrial source. Sagan asserts that it is a matter of cultural transfer that explains the Dogon’s awareness of Sirius B.
1: Sagan, Carl., Broca’s Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science (1986) p. 86.
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