The Sirius Mystery
Title of a book by Robert K. G. Temple (1972), discussing
his discovery that a primitive African tribe, the Dogon of Mali
in former French Sudan, apparently had been aware for centuries
that the Dog Star Sirius was orbited by a white dwarf neighbor
invisible to the naked eye and only recently discovered by
astronomers. Temple claimed that this knowledge of the
Dogon tribe was five thousand years old, that the white dwarf
was known also to the ancient Egyptians in pre-dynastic times
prior to 3200 B.C.E., and that the Dogon people may have parEncyclopedia
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tially descended from them. His idea was quickly integrated
into the ancient astronaut hypothesis.
Sources
Temple, Robert K. G. The Sirius Mystery. Folkstone, Kent,
England Bailey Brothers and Swinfen, 1972.