The aliens came down from Sirius

08.12.2003

 

The aliens came down from Sirius

08.12.03, the


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Wild African tribe has amazing astronomical knowledge

 


To the small (about 200,000 people) Dogon tribe, living in isolation on the plateau of Bandiagara in the state of Mali in West Africa, are interested not only anthropologists, but astronomers. Why? Mud houses, dancing on stilts, planted millet fields, burial caves — the most primitive culture. In the 1930's, the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule long lived among the Dogon, studied life, legends and even wrote down the decision of the council of elders has been admitted to initiation into a secret title of priest.

 

Griaule published a series of articles in the journals of African studies after the end of World War II. And they did not become a sensation. Who among astronomers interested in ethnography? Unthinkable combination. But that's completely random articles Griaule into the hands of the English astronomer Mc Gree …

 

The second star system Sirius — Sirius B — was opened in 1862, its unusually high density was determined shortly before the outbreak of World War II, which allowed to carry a star classified as "white dwarfs." Spiral nebulae plotted Ross in the middle of the XIX century. Hubble in 1924, proved that they are composed of stars. The rotation of our galaxy proved in 1927, and its spiral shape — in 1950.

 


What is an enumeration? It turns out that in archaic mythology Dogon it has long been known! It is known to the people, all the science is limited to the manufacture of ritual masks. Dogon rituals tied to the 50-year orbital period of Sirius B around Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Sirius satellite detect, identify its color, calculate the period of treatment and density without having astronomical instruments, it is impossible. Even the moons of Jupiter, which are known Dogon, the eye can not see. There is only one way out — borrowing from other cultures.

 

Dogon could get information about the structure of the universe in ancient Egyptian priests, the more that the tribe migrated to West Africa, only some 5-6 centuries ago. But the ancient Egyptians could not know about the explosion of Sirius B in the II century AD — their civilization died much earlier. And the Dogon this explosion is one of the central points of the mythology. Representations about the existence of superdense matter in the universe, "white dwarf", generally among the most modern ideas.

 

Medieval Arab culture? Canadian Ovenden hypothesized contact with Muslim university in Timbuktu, where he kept the knowledge of the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks. But this is a red herring — the scientists of antiquity did not have such a deep knowledge of astronomy. Finally, it can not be excluded from the draw of Marcel Griaule. But, first, the scientist impeccable reputation. And secondly, he was guided by the principle of "to describe and only to describe." Astronomers have paid attention to his work through the many years that any joker would have been unbearable.

 

There is one more possibility. Not even an opportunity rather straightforward explanation arising from the mythology of the Dogon. All their knowledge, according to their legends, the people have received from God, who came down from the third star Sirius. He was in the ark, that the ark was rotated. And the rotation is maintained, "breathing" through the nozzle. On landing, Ark raised a cloud of dust. There is also a drawing a line connecting the Sirius system and our sun. But the existence of a third star in the Sirius system, modern science knows nothing. While the proponents of Sirius C among astronomers are available.

 


The famous American physicist Carl Sagan said that the proof of visiting our planet from space aliens can be either undisputed "artifacts" or the existence of the myths "clear messages about the astronomical reality that primitive people could not find out for yourself." The hypothesis that the archaic, but astronomically advanced Dogon mythology is proof paleovizita aliens, has been formulated by the American scientist Robert Temple in 1975. Since then, around this hypothesis does not stop disputes. Of all the subjects connected with the aliens, lack of professionalism which can be seen a mile away from the Dogon mythology can not be wished away. But for the near end of the dispute can not count.

 

"White Dwarf", spiral star system and the Milky Way, Sirius B rotation around its axis — these facts can not be seen in the most powerful telescope, they are the result of thinking that astronomers observe and suggest a high level of culture. It turns out that there is no escaping the hypothesis paleovizite? Arrived on Earth from the planet's inhabitants of Sirius, told the Earthlings about their home, and incidentally gave an overview of the universe. Sagan criterion, this idyll perfectly.

 

But they do not want to believe in aliens! And opponents managed to find in this version of a vulnerability. Astronomical knowledge of the Dogon look still not perfect enough for potential aliens. Could not get through the universe aliens consider Sirius B, the smallest and most massive stars, for sure would know how we know it today, the existence of much smaller and massive stars. And why on earth space teachers reported only four satellites of Jupiter, because they had accumulated for 16, and this is not the final number? However, no guarantee that the aliens are able to consider more than five …

 

So, Dogon astronomy closer to the level though quite developed, but yesterday's earth astronomy. Is this not the lies the clue? So there was a hypothesis about an anonymous "missionary." In 1920 this tribe showed up missionaries from the Catholic brotherhood "White Fathers." And some well-read cleric could draw attention to the fact that Aboriginal mythology attaches great importance to Sirius. To establish contacts with the tribe missionary decided to enrich the Dogon representation of the divine luminary.

 

In the West, just as the 1920s, Sirius has been the subject of numerous publications. By the time the set was monstrous density of its satellites, and science has made a conclusion about the existence of a new type stars — the "white dwarf." "The smallest and heaviest star" — this description of Sirius B corresponds to the state of astronomical knowledge in the 1920s. The missionary told the Dogon in good faith all that I had read about Sirius B. The priests included invaluable information into the mythology, and the French ethnographers took borrowed astronomical knowledge as it is an organic part.

 

It sounds convincing. But why educated missionary told inquisitive Dogon only four satellites of Jupiter, because then counted for 9 satellites? And more surprising: dogonskoy astronomy inherent distinct chronological layering. First layer: representations characteristic of archaic culture, when a man knows only about the planets visible to the naked eye — are neither missionaries nor the aliens are not needed. The second layer — knowledge, for example, about the moons of Jupiter — corresponds to the era of Galileo's astronomical concepts. Finally, knowledge about the system of Sirius or the spiral structure of the galaxy meet academic requirements of the first half of the XX century. Maybe Dogon possessed, as no other nation, astronomical mania uchinyali questioning everyone who turned out to be their guest?

 

Is not there a tension? Ethnographers do not see in the legends of the Dogon "white threads" and urgent adjustment of new borrowings under the old myths. Every astronomical fact the Dogon tied to certain rituals that are traced to at least relics XII century! German scientist Hermann Dieter calls the situation with dogonskimi knowledge of the cosmos "hopeless case": definitely refute or confirm any version is impossible, but for a respectable scientist still decently stick version of the missionary.

 

Resolve the dispute could new astronomical discoveries. Now, if Sirius was discovered the third star. Or if Sirius were found near the tracks scattered nebula that remains after the explosion of Sirius B, which so earnestly believe Dogon …

 

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