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November 1, 2012 in Weird News


The Dogon people of southern Mali are a poor agricultural people, still dwelling chiefly in caves

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They believe that they were visited and taught by extraterrestrials from another star system.


An integral part of their religious beliefs is a detailed knowledge of a star that is so difficult to observe that no photo of it was obtained until 1970.



The Dogon shared this knowledge with French anthropologists in the 1930′s. We know the star as Sirius B, but they call it Po Tolo. It was first suspected to exist in 1844, when observers of Sirius, the “Dog Star,” noticed its abnormal movements.

After much further observation, a companion star was discovered in 1862. This companion is a White Dwarf, which is a tiny star of immense mass and density.

The Dogon name for Sirius B consists of the word for star, tolo, and po, the name of the smallest plant seed they know of.

They say that it is “the smallest thing there is” and that it is “the heaviest star” since all earth on it has been replaced with an immensely heavy metal called sagala, and the star is white in color.

They also claim that the star’s orbit is elliptical, with Sirius A as the focus of the ellipse. Scientific research proves that th is indeed the case.

Furthermore, they claim that the period of the orbit is fifty years, which is amazingly close to the figure scientists derived: 50.04 +/- .09 years.

In addition, they believe that the star rotates on its axis, and indeed it does. The Dogon also believe that there is a third star in this system, Emma Ya, which means “sorghum female,” and is said to be orbited by a single planet.

However, this star has not yet been discovered by astronomers.

Dogon knowledge of the universe does not stop there though, as they are also aware of the facts that Saturn has rings and that Jupiter has four major moons.

The Dogon use four calenders, derived from the sun, moon, Sirius, and Venus, and have long believed in a heliocentric universe, in which the planets revolve around the sun.

The Dogon believe that this knowledge comes from the Nommos, amphibious beings sent to earth from the Sirius star system. The name comes from the Dogon word meaning “to drink,” and they also called “the Masters of Water,” “the Monitors,” and “the Instructors.” The Dogon people describe these creatures as “fish-like,” and they are of major importance in their religion

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A major part of Dogon religious worship is the cult of the masks, called Awa. All young men are instructed in the cult of the masks, but women are strictly excluded. This men’s society is characterized by a secret language, a strict etiquette, obligations, and interdicts. In addition, selected young men, called the olubaru, are given additional instruction, and will have the life-long duty of preserving the traditions of the masks.


The olubaru are initiated in a Sigi ceremony, which is celebrated only once every sixty years.

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The masks perform every year during the four weeks which precede the sowing festival, at the Sigi ceremony, and during the preparation for a dama festival, the ceremony ending the mourning period.

There are three other principle cults among the Dogon. In the public plaza of every village there is an altar of Lebe. The Lebe cult is associated with the agricultural cycle, and its chief priest is the hogon. The hogon is the oldest direct descendant of the founder of the Dogon, and rules over the affairs of the region. He has many regulatory functions as well as many priestly duties.

The cult of Binu, is usually referred to as being totemic; having exogamous totemic clans, the members of the clan having the same name and respecting the same animal or vegetable prohibition. These prohibitions are passed down through the paternal line, and are in keeping with exogamy. The cult of Binu is also associated with the agricultural cycle, and sacrifices are offered at cult altars during this season.



The cult of the ancestors is associated with the gina, the family households of the Dogon. The purpose of the many religious rituals this cult performs is to maintain good relations between the living and the dead. The gina banais in charge of the ancestor cult. As in most African religions, ancestor worship is very important to the Dogon. The Dogon society is gerontocratic; elders are the intermediaries in the cult of the ancestors, since they are the future ancestors themselves. The Dogon carve many different kinds of statues as a form of worship to the ancestors. Although statues are the concrete expression of ancestor worship, they are carefully hidden away, viewed and handled only by those in the cult of the ancestors.

There are three statues that are of particular importance to the Dogon. The first is the fox, which, according to myth, was punished for “trying to appropriate Nommo’s souls at the time of his sacrifice.” The second is the silure fish, which represents the human fetus. This silure was fish improperly by the ancestor, Dyongou Serou, who wished to place it on the altar he made for his own benefit without the authorization of the revived Nommo, the mythic creator of mankind.


The last statue is that of Dyongou Serou himself, who was summarily sacrificed to pay for his rash action. This sacrifice made mankind’s development on earth possible. This statue takes the form of an immense serpent called the “Great Mask.” These statues, called bullroarers, are said to speak the words, “I swallow, I swallow, I swallow men, women, children, I swallow all.” They are the evidence of the appearance of death on earth. These statues play invaluable roles in the funeral rites of the Dogon.




The Dogons: An extraordinary set of people from Mali, West Africa have baffled Nasa Astronauts and well known Rocket Scientists around the world with their sophisticated and advanced knowledge of the universe.

The Dogon are believed to be of Egyptian decent fleeing religious persecutions and their astronomical lore goes back thousands of years to 3200 BC.

The Dogon star, which scientists call Sirius B, wasn’t even photographed until it was done by a large telescope in 1970.

How did the Dogon gain this knowledge thousands of years ago without any known ancient telescopes yet to be found???????
DOGONS also found that the INVISIBLE star (sirius B) had an elliptical orbit of 60 years around sirius A as well as an orbit of 1 year on it’s own axis, as well as other complex findings that NASA (National Association of Stupid AROGANTS) is still trying to  “CONFIRM”  with their ADVANCED telescopes and SPACE shuttles.

The Star Sirius – Secret Beginings


The ancient and occult meaning of the dog star Sirius.
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Red Ice Radio interview – Shannon Dorey – Hour 1 – The Nummo & The Dogon

Dorey is a graduate of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where she studied English, History and mythology.

Her interests were expanded into religious studies after studying the New Testament at the University of Windsor in 1991.

She began her writing career as a journalist and still continues writing articles for various online publications.

She joins us to discuss her second book, The Nummo.

The Dogon talked about alien beings known as Nummo who came to Earth from another star system.

These fish and serpent like beings were hermaphrodites who spent more time in water than on land.

Shannon presents examples of how these amphibious aliens appeared all over the ancient world and makes connection with mitochondrial Eve, Mary Magdalene, Masonic symbolism and more.

She reveals how the Dogon religion is the core religion from which other religions including Judaism and Christianity have evolved.

discussIon  about the Nummo’s voyage to Earth, their knowledge of genetic engineering, Dogon mythology and their intention with humanity.



The Dogon people, with population of less than 800,000, live in the central lowland region of Mali, south of the Niger bend near the city of Bandiagara in the Mopti region.

Dogon man
Dogon man

The most important Dogon community of more than 450,000 people lives in the area around the Cliffs of Bandiagara. These sandstone creation in central Mali has the length of more than 200 kilometers. Before Dogons the Tellem people (pygmies or „small red people“) lived in the area.

Some of their buildings, like for example granaries, are still used by Dogons. What happened to Tellem? Nobody really knows. As to some beliefs in Mali they could fly.

Throughout the history Dogon people were victims of slave traders. This and good source of water from the nearby Niger river influenced the location of Dogon settlements.

Sculptures are important in their everyday life. Both their making and purpose have the symbolic meaning.  Sculptures are kept in houses, sanctuaries or by the Hogon (spiritual leader).  Themes of such sculptures are different – human figures with risen hands, women with children, riders, animals etc.

Most of Dogons are Animist. The central figure of their beliefs is Nommo („to make one drink“). The Nommo is the ancestral spirit.


It is usually described as fish-like creature of hermaphroditic characteristics. In objects made by Dogon the Nommos have human-like torso and fish-like tail. Other terms describing the Nommo are „Master of the Water“, „The Teacher“ etc. Nommo was created by the sky god Amma.

Soon after its creation Nommo was divided into four pairs of twins. One of the twins rebelled against Amma. To keep the  universal order Amma sacrificed the other twin and scatter its body on different parts of the world.  Places where parts fell are those in Dogon land where today there are Binu shrines.

The Binu is a supernatural and protective being. It shows itself to people in the form of animal. Binu shrines include one room decorated with reliefs and different geometric designs.

Dogon cliff painting
Dogon cliff painting

Dogons have several cults. The most important of them is Sigui. Its ceremony takes place every 65 years. When it is performed it lasts for several years. The last was between 1967 and 1973. The next will be in 2032.

The Sigui is a long procession which symbolizes the death of first ancestor. It starts and ends in the village of Youga Dogorou. On its long journey the procession passes through many villages. There is lot of mystery concerning this cult. Some people claim that the cult includes secret language which only man are allowed to learn.

The whole procession is organized by the Secret Society of Sigui. Its members are known as the Oloubarou. Other Dogons are afraid of them. Mask used in the Sigui is called the Great Mask or Mother of Masks. The mask is several meters long. It is not put on face. Instead a person is carrying it in his hands.

Dogon village
Dogon village

On top of each Dogon community is a male elder. This man is the oldest son alive of the ancestor belonging to the local branch of the family. Polygamy is allowed. Man can have up to four wives.

Dogon woman with her baby
Dogon woman with her baby

In real life most men have only one wife. She becomes part of his life after the birth of their first child. Until the birth woman has an option to leave her husband. After the birth divorces are rare. Dogon people live in enlarged families or guinnas. Such families can have more than 100 members.

The aim of many Dogon rituals is to achieve harmony within the community. All parts of the community, meaning women, men, children, old people, very often express gratitude  for each other, praise the importance of others.

When greeting each other questions about his or her family are exchanged. The most common answer on these question is „sewa“ or „everything is fine“. Sewa is a very common word among Dogon people. This fact confused some of neighbouring nations. They thought that the name for Dogon is actually Sewa.

As already mentioned Hogon is the spiritual leader in Dogon enlarged families. Oldest people in the community elect the Hogon. Hogon has to pass an initiation period which lasts six months.

During this period he is not allowed to wash or shave. He wears white clothes. It is forbidden for others to touch him.  He has sort of a maid who cleans after him, cooks for him. This maid must me a virgin who still did not have her period.


After the initiation period Hogon will wear kind of red hat. One one of his arms, as symbol of his position, he’ll wear an armband with a sacred pearl.  Her maid is replaced by his wife. Hogon spends nights alone in his house.  He gets wisdom from Lébé, the sacred snake. The snake visits him at night.

Dogon people raise sheep, goats and chicken. They also cultivate some vegetables – sorghum, rice, onion, pearl millet etc.  Every village has one or more granaries to keep grains safe. Such granaries show the wealth of the village.

Dogon granaries
 Dogon granaries

The main even in the initiation of Dogon boys is circumcision. It is preformed by the local blacksmith on boys aged 9-12. After the circumcision boys stay isolated in a special hut for the wound created to heal. Then they make some music with special instrument that is made of a rod of wood and calabashes. The boys get presents. For a month they have to walk naked for the others to admire them.

Dogon people also preform the excision of female genitalia. It is done on girls of 7-8 years. Dogon people believe that both circumcision and excision is a must because only after them person has its gender defined. Until them they are something in between.

Dogon masks
Dogon masks

Funeral rituals of Dogon people are called „damas“. Nowadays they are organized mainly for the tourists, as sort of extra income for the community.

Dogon masks
Dogon masks

Masks have key role in damas. They guide souls to their final resting place. Everything includes several rites and dances. Masks differ from village to village. Several types of masks like for example Kananga or Kanaga and Walu (symbolizes a mythical antelope Walu) are used.


Dogon people are an indigenous tribe who occupy a region in Mali, south of the Sahara Desert in Africa. There are about 100,000 members in the tribe. They are a reclusive tribe of cave and hillside-dwelling farming people inhabiting a sparse, rocky plateau in southeastern Mali, West Africa. They live in the Homburi Mountains near Timbuktu.
Isolated topographically and culturally from the outside world for countless centuries, they may well appear on first sight to be exceedingly unlikely receptacles of highly advanced astronomical knowledge ­ which only goes to show just how easily we can be deceived by outward appearances.  

They are believed to be of Egyptian descent. After living in Libya for a time, they settled in Mali, West Africa, bringing with them astronomy legends dating from before 3200 BC. The first Western scientists to visit and study the Dogon people were French anthropologists Drs Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, who initially made contact with them in 1931, and continued to research them for the next three decades, culminating in a detailed study conducted between 1946-1950. During their work, these anthropologists documented the traditional mythology and sacred beliefs of the Dogon, which included an extraordinary body of ancient lore regarding Sirius ­ the brilliant, far-distant Dog Star.


Their priests told them of a secret Dogon myth about the star Sirius (8.6 light years from the Earth. The priests said that Sirius had a companion star that was invisible to the human eye. They also stated that the star moved in a 50-year elliptical orbit around Sirius, that it was small and incredibly heavy, and that it rotated on its axis.

Sirius – which we now call Sirius A – was not seen through a telescope until 1862 and was not photographed until 1970.
The Dogon name for Sirius B (Po Tolo) consists of the word for star (tolo) and “Po,” the name of the smallest seed known to them. By this name they describe the star’s smallness — it is, they say, “the smallest thing there is.” They also claim that it is “the heaviest star,” and white.
The tribe claims that Po is composed of a mysterious, super-dense metal called sagala ­ which, they declare, is heavier than all the iron on Earth. Not until 1926 did Western science discover that this tiny star is a white dwarf ­ a category of star characterized by very great density. In the case of Sirius B, astronomers have estimated that a single cubic metre of its matter weighs about 20,000 tons.
Many artifacts were found describing the star system, including a statue examined by Dieterlen that is at least 400 years old.  

They go on to say that it has an is elliptical orbit, with Sirius A at one foci of the ellipse (as it is), that the orbital period is 50 years (the actual figure is 50.04 +/- 0.09 years), and that the star rotates on its own axis (it does).


The Dogon also describe a third star in the Sirius system, called “Emme Ya” (“Sorghum Female”). In orbit around this star, they say, is a single satellite. To date, Emme Ya has not been identified by astronomers.


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 Dogon say their astronomical knowledge was given to them by the Nommos, amphibious beings sent to Earth from Sirius for the benefit of mankind. The name comes from a Dogon word meaning ‘to make one drink’, and the Nommos

are also called ‘Masters of the Water’, the ‘Monitors’, and the ‘Teachers’.

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3 responses to The Dogons and the Star Sirius

  1. Jumpin Jehovah Jesus on a pogo stick!!!! I wish I was born a dogon but now I’m stuck in gay ass America !!! Fuck the laws!!! Overthrow today!!!!

  2. Intresting to know different cultures and foods ……the boomerang shaped stick was used by the native american tribe the pueblos like the Aboriginal people from Australia…..small world

  3. reminds me of the native american tribe the pueblos

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