Mystery of the Dogon
By Randall L. Eaton, Ph.D.
|Known as the Dog or Jackal Star, Sirius
is the brightest star and among our closest neighbors. It is
nearly 25 times brighter than our sun. In history and
mythology the dolphins are most often associated with
Sirius. Aristotle claimed, for example, that the dolphins
disappear for thirty days at the time of the Dog Star.
Robert. Temple, an English archaeologist, discovered that the
Dogon, a remote African tribe in Mali, had detailed
knowledge about Sirius B, a dwarf star that orbits Sirius,
4600 years before it was discovered by astronomy in the
Two French anthropologists, Marcel Griaule and Germaine
Dieterlen, lived with and studied the Dogon during the l930s
and were the first outsiders to whom the sacred knowledge of
the Dogon was revealed. Their book, entitled Le Renard Pale,
describes in detail the origin of the Dogon’s knowledge of
the binary star system.
The sacred teachings of the Dogon explain that their tribe
was host to an extraterrestrial mission from Sirius, and
that dolphin-like beings known as the “Nommo” instructed the
Dogon about cosmology.
The Dogon’s knowledge is not restricted to the Sirius
system. They knew, for example, that the planets rotate and
revolve around the sun, and they knew about the moons of
Jupiter which cannot be seen with the naked eye from earth.
A respected scholar, Temple’s inquires led him
to conclude that the Sumerian and Egyptian cultures also may
have experienced similar extraterrestrial visitation..
According to the Dogon the amphibious beings known as the
Nommo arrived in a great bird or ark, from which a 3-legged
bird or pod descended to earth. The Dogon refer to the
visitors as "masters of the water,” the “instructors,” or
the "monitors.” According to the Dogon, the Nommo
communicated that they come from the third planet out from
Sirius, like the earth but with more water..
They say that the Nommo consider our sun and the earth in
particular as part of the Sirian system. The Nommo also
taught the Dogon that humans are one of their races, which
they identified as trouble-makers or disrupters who rebelled against the Creator and introduced chaos in
the universe. Which resembles the story of the Luceferic
rebellion in the Bible.
The “Nommo of the Pond” are the Nommo who arrived in the
giant bird and who may have an association with dolphins on
earth. According to the French anthropologists, the prophesy
of the Nommo, and thus the Dogon, is that the Nommo will
sacrifice themselves for “purification and reorganization of
the universe,” meaning the Nommo will sacrifice themselves
for the humans.
The prophesy continues that the Nommo will rise in human
form and descend on earth in an ark, with the ancestors of
men, and then will take on their original form and rule from
the waters and give birth to many descendants.
The Dogon drawings of the Nommo indicate delphinic features
including air-breathing, as shown in the position of the
waterline, flukelike tails horizontal to the body, unlike
fish the tails of which are vertical, and what appears in
many drawings to be a blowhole. Is there a relationship
between earthly dolphins and the Nommo? The knowledge of
several ancient civilizations suggests just such a
possibility, as we’ll explore in future issues.
While all this seems like far-fetched science fiction, what
cannot be denied is that the Dogon mythology about the
Sirius star system has been corroborated by science so
perhaps their story about the Nommo deserves attention.
Not only that, but consider the prediction made by Temple in
his first edition of the The Sirius Mystery: based on the
legends of the Dogon he predicted that a red dwarf star
would be discovered in the Sirius system, and apparently it was 20
years later in 1996.
The history of science is replete with examples of mythology
being verified over time. One of the best known examples is
the Homeric story about the city of Troy, long thought to be fiction,
but now known to be factual. The Hindus knew about the Van
Allen belts and that the earth revolved around the sun
thousands of years before “discovered” by Copernicus. I
remember reading an article in Science in the mid-1970s
which ridiculed Immanuel Velikovsky’s book, Worlds in
Collision. A psychiatrist who studied mythology, Velikovsky
proposed that the universal existence of myths about cosmic
collisions with earth has a basis in actual events. In case
you haven’t been watching the History or Nat Geo channels,
now Velikovsky’s theory is widely accepted by scientists,
though he has not been given credit.
One might well ask why ever would universal myths about
collisions with earth exist without a basis in fact?
Dismissing them as mass hallucination just doesn’t fly.
The same question could be asked about the widespread belief
of numerous Native American tribes in “star” people, meaning
people from the stars. The well known Lakota myth of the
White Buffalo Calf Woman is about an ET who introduced them
and other cultures to the tradition of the sacred pipe, a
ritual about peace. Wherever I have lived in Asia, Africa or
Latin America I have encountered indigenous knowledge of
ETs. The Mayans consider the ancient site of Tulum to be a
cosmic aeropuerto. When I visited a rancho near Chichen Itza
I asked the Mayan foreman if he had seen any UFOs lately. He
paused for a moment and said he had seen one a few days ago
just before dawn. I then asked him what the Mayans say about
UFOs, and much to my surprise he said they say nothing. So I
asked him why? “We see them so often that nobody talks
A few years ago when I discovered the scientific story of
Eve, the mother of all woman on Earth, who supposedly lived
in central Africa about 250,000 years ago, I remembered
reading Zecharia Sitchin’s books about the Sumerian tablets
which he interpreted as history, not mere mythology,
reaching back 300,000 years.
The Sumerian tablets tell the story of ETs known as the
Anunaki who colonized earth to mine gold for the atmosphere
of their home planet, Nibiru, which was captured by our
system. The story goes on that the Anunaki rebelled against
the labor of mining gold so their chief scientist, Enki, who
was a master geneticist and who supposedly domesticated many
plants and animals, set to work on creating an intelligent
The tablets go on to say that the project took 50,000 years,
and that the ancestors of modern humans were genetically
modified to produce the contemporary human. The first man
and woman were borne by an Anunaki woman 250,000 years ago,
a remarkable correlation with the scientific story of Eve.
But the correlations between science and the Sumerian
tablets do not end there. According to the tablets, the home
planet of the Anunaki is four times the mass of earth and it
revolves around the sun every 3600 years. Navy astronomers
who set out to account for a number of anomalies in our
solar system such as the tilt of one of Neptune’s moons,
finally concluded that there must be an additional planet in
our Solar system – now get this – that is four times the
size of earth and which revolves around the sun every 3600
years! (See Sitchin’s DVD, “Are We Alone?,” which interviews
the Navy astronomers.)
I contacted ten leading evolutionary biologists, scientists
I studied under or knew, and told them about the convergence
between the Sumerian tablets and the Story of Eve as well as
the Navy’s astronomical study that corroborates the Sumerian
myth. I thought I was communicating revolutionary insights,
but only two responded. My former professor explained that
the topic of ETs is taboo so I was wasting my time, and
another scientist simply thanked me and said the letter was
If our scientific culture suffers from anything it is
arrogance and closed-mindedness. (See the interview of
Rupert Sheldrake in this issue regarding Cartesian
philosophy and its far-reaching influence on science and our
Robert Temple’s book, The Sirius Mystery, about the
Dogon and other cultures’ cosmic knowledge which only could
have had an extraterrestrial origin, has gone largely
ignored by “serious” scientists including those who study
dolphins and whales. And that is where we find ourselves
today, stuck in dogmatic, scientific doctrine refusing to
look outside the box at a time when we require great
courage, vision and imagination. Thus the importance of
intrepid scientists like Rupert Sheldrake, unrestrained by fear of
loss of professional status.
We forget that Darwin was an amateur and so was Einstein
during the great creative period of his youth. The word
“amateur” means lover.
Click here for Video by Zecharia Sitchin
Click here for Interview of Robert