The True Source of the Dogon’s Knowledge?

Ayomide Johnson
Oct 23, 2016 · 2 min read
The Dogon Tribe of Africa

The Dogon are an ethnic group located in the West African country of Mali. The Dogon are believed to be Egyptian descendants and are known for their outstanding astronomical knowledge. The Dogon’s knowledge of astronomy dates all the way back to 3200 BC. They were able to figure out that the brightest star in the Earth’s night sky, Sirius, has a faint star orbiting it, called Sirius B.


Only in 1862 was Alvan Graham Clark, American astronomer, able to discover Sirius B. In 2005, astronomers were able to precisely mark Sirius B using the Hubble Space Telescope. There is one obvious question that both the scientific community and historians had: How were the Dogon able to make this discovery before modern technology was available. There have different theories that have surfaced to explain how this discovery was made in such an ancient civilization.

Many have speculated that extraterrestrial beings were the source of the Dogon people’s knowledge of astronomy. At first glance, this may seem out of this world. Many people use the same kinds of rebuttals for this theory “There’s no way that aliens helped the Dogon people!”, “Aliens don’t even exist!” However, both modern technology and ancient Dogon history support this theory.

As our technology becomes more advanced we are able to look deeper and further into space and what we find is more evidence to support the theory that we may not be alone. There have been huge discoveries of Earth-like planets capable of sustaining life. So there is a more than 1% chance that we are truly not alone. The other source of evidence to support this theory comes from ancient Dogon oral traditions; the Dogon have records of a race of people from the Sirius system called the Nommos who visited Earth thousands of years ago. The Nommos are said to be amphibious beings that resemble mermen and mermaids. They also appear in Babylonian, Acccadian, and Sumerian myths.

Artist’s conception of the Nommos

In the end this theory seems to be the most logical, no matter how outrageous it may sound. There is evidence to support it, both in modern science and ancient history.

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