Monday, 10 May 2010

In praise of.... The Dogon

Strange days we are experiencing, don't you think? The heady scent of the apocalyptic flower is blossoming in the distant mountains of doom, where the thin veil cloud covers the black moon.

So that this  is why I ask myself now, more than ever,  "What would a Dogon do?" When faced with a volatile volcano from the land that gave us Bjork, a country with no leader and a world which is selling mirrors to the blind.... what would a Dogon do? Because when things get serious, one must look to Sirius.
They are known for being strongly oriented toward harmony, which is reflected in many of their rituals. For instance, in one of their most important rituals, the women praise the men, the men thank and praise the women, the young express appreciation for the old, and the old recognise the contributions of the young.

The Dogon are an  ancient mystical  people, who still live today  in the central plateau region of Mali, not far from Timbuktu. They live in remote areas, sometimes still inhabiting the cliff dwellings left for them by their ancestors.

Their impressive astronomical lore goes back thousands of years to 3200 BC.

The Dogons have studied the stars for many years and each Dogon tribe specialises in the study of a particular portion of the sky. 
The Ono tribe  - study Venus. 
The Dommo - Orion's shield. 
The Aru - the Moon, 
The Dyon -the  Sun. 

They, therefore, also have lunar, solar, and sidereal calendars.

They knew that Jupiter had four moons, Saturn had a burning  ring of fire and even more startlingly, that that there is an invisible star (Sirius B also known as Digitaria) orbiting Sirius A. The fact that they knew of Sirius A before the whole telescope era was already something, let alone that an invisible star carried out a  50 year elliptical orbit around the visible Sirius and that it also rotates on its axis. Oh, and even more startlingly, that Sirius B is a heavy star...something scientists were only able to confirm last century. The Dogons knew this millenniums ago.

What else do the Dogons know? Do they know if aliens exist? Does a bear shit in the woods?

                                    Dogon wearing sacred mask during dance

According to their oral traditions, a race people from Sirius B called the Nommos visited Earth thousands of years ago. The Nommos were amphibious beings that resembled alien versions of mermen and mermaids. They also appear in Babylonian, Accadian, and Sumerian myths. 

The Nommos, according to the Dogon legend, lived on Sirius B - this invisible star I mentioned earlier. 

They say that these alien beings landed on Earth in an "ark" that made a spinning decent to the ground with great noise and wind. According to their traditions, it was the Nommos that gave the Dogon the knowledge about Sirius B, Saturn, Jupiter etc.... 

And in turn, The Dogons supplied Madonna with  some cosmic brasserie suggestions before her blonde ambition tour.

So did alien fish-men pay a visit to ancient Earth and give the Dogon their knowledge? Or has the leader of one of the clans been secretly watching too many STARGATE Atlantis episodes on his iPhone . You decide, but before you do, let me tell you one more about these remarkable people.....

Their priest says that "Digitaria (Sirius B) is the smallest of all stars. That - It is the heaviest of all stars and that a thimble full of the dead star's matter weighs more than forty tons." 

Every fifty-years (the actual figure is 50.04 +/- 0.09 years), the time it takes for Sirius B to complete its orbit around the star Sirius A, they celebrate with a ceremony called SIGUI.  They celebrate this event with a feast that marks the rebirth of the world and the time when a new "Sigui Priest" is chosen to reign for another fifty-years. No turning voters away at election booths here, I say.

They celebrate with dances that depict the Black Star orbit and paint their faces and bodies with elaborate pictures of Sirius and its companion, the Black Star.
Next party  is happening in  2027 people.... London Girl will be there to report, mark my words.

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