Mystery and Myth?
The Dogon Tribe
There has been much speculation regarding the Dogon tribe and their alleged ancient connection to amphibious beings who (as the story goes) arrived here thousands of years ago and taught them about the Sirius star system and our own solar system.
A very interesting mythological story about whales and dolphins concerns a tribe in west Africa called the Dogon of Mali. The Dogon, whose culture is alive and well today, at one time lived on the southern coast of the Mediterranean. They have many religious and creation beliefs which very much involve the whales and dolphins. They have perpetuated these beliefs in their religious ceremonies and in the form of sand drawings.
In their basket weavings they had 50.8 divisions, the reason for which is that they had quite specific knowledge of the Sirius star system which is a binary star system. They understood how Sirius B, the white dwarf, moved around the main bright star Sirius A. They used sand drawings to illustrate the orbital paths of the stars. The white dwarf Sirius B takes 50.8 years to complete an orbit of Sirius A. The Dogon knew this.
Sirius B, the white dwarf, is not visible using a telescope whereas radio astronomy allows one to hear Sirius B. Arthur C. Clark simply said to Temple, "You would be interested in the Dogon." Richard Temple began research on the Dogon and discovered how much knowledge the Dogon had of the Sirius Star System. He then went on to spend seven years of his life with the Dogon and wrote a book called 'The Sirius Mystery'.
When Temple went to meet the Dogon he asked, "How did you get this knowledge?" The Dogon's answer was very simple. They said, "These creatures came from the star Sirius, landed in the ocean and were in the form of amphibians, whales and dolphins. They gave us the knowledge about the Sirius star system."
Where did the Dogon's Enigmatic Scientific Knowledge about Astronomy came from? According to their oral traditions, a race people from the Sirius system called the Nommos visited Earth thousands of years ago. They also appear in Babylonian, Accadian, and Sumerian myths. The Egyptian Goddess Isis, who is sometimes depicted as a mermaid, is also linked with the star Sirius.
A Babylonian tablet showing what is surmised to be priests who look like fish-men:
The Nommos, according to the Dogon legend, lived on a planet that orbits another star in the Sirius system. They landed on Earth in an "ark" that made a spinning decent to the ground with great noise and wind. According to oral tradition, it was the Nommos that gave the Dogon the knowledge about Sirius B.
In addition to their knowledge of Sirius B, the Dogon mythology includes Saturn's rings, and Jupiter's four major moons. They have four calendars, for the Sun Moon, Sirius, and Venus, and have long known that planets orbit the sun.
The strange part is that Western astronomers didn't find the star until the middle of the nineteenth century, and most are certain that no previous explorers to the region could have informed them of it. It wasn't even photographed until 1970. This star has formed the basis of the most sacred Dogon beliefs since antiquity.
Legend says that the Nommos lived in water. They descended to Earth in a space ship with three triangular legs. When their ship landed they filled an area with water and dove into the water from their ship. The Dogon believe that the Nommos were sent to Earth for the benefit of mankind.
The word 'Nommo' comes from a Dogon word meaning "To make one drink". The Nommos are also called 'Masters of Water', The Monitors, and the Teachers. They are said to have been more fish-like than human, and lived (partly) in water. They were accepted as saviours and spiritual guardians by the Dogon.
Is there a connection to the Dogon's legends of the Nommos and stories of fish gods, mermaids and other mythological amphibious beings found in various part of the world? If you believe in ETs, is it unreasonable to assume that we may have been visited in our ancient past by beings who were amphibious?
And what about those whales and dolphins?