We publish an interesting article Eng Joseph Merlino taken from his blog giuseppemerlino.wordpress.com.
Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. It belongs to the constellation Canis Major. It is located at a distance of 8.6 light years from Earth and is therefore one of the stars closest to us.
An African population has an interesting oral tradition relating to this star:The Dogon are a people of Mali, a country in west central; are about 240,000, live in a mountainous area within the loop of the
Niger, the Bandiagara Escarpment, a UNESCO Heritage Site area.In
their oral traditions they speak of the star Sirius, and especially of
his companion, Sirius B, revealing knowledge of astronomy that would
possess more than 5000 years ago. In fact, Sirius is a binary system and Sirius B is not visible to the naked eye: it can be seen only with a telescope. Sirius
B is a white dwarf that orbits the main star at a distance of between
8.1 and 31.5 astronomical units, with a period of about 50 years. It was the first white dwarf to be discovered in 1862 by Alvan Clark,
son of the American scholar and manufacturer of lenses for telescopes
Graham Clark.But the Dogon how they knew of the existence of Sirius B, which,
although much smaller, is more massive than Sirius A, the fact that they
called Po (a cereal high specific gravity)?Historically, many cultures have given a special significance to Sirius. She
was worshiped in Egypt long before Rome was founded, and many temples
of the ancient Egyptians were constructed oriented so that the light
from the star could illuminate their inner altars. The Egyptians also based their calendar on the heliacal rising of
Sirius, which occurred just before the annual flooding of the Nile and
of the vernal equinox.The Dogon celebrated every 60 years, a ceremony that refers to the end of a rotation of Sirius B around Sirius. This
population was studied by French anthropologists Marcel Griaule and
Germaine Dieterlen for several years from 1931 onwards. During
these studies the Shaman Ogo Temmeli drew on the sand the ellipse that
Sirius B walked around Sirius and the exact position that Sirius had the
ellipse. We now know, however, that the period of rotation is about 50 years, in any case concordances are amazing. This Shaman revealed to the two scholars that the Dogon had settled in
Mali for over 500 years but that their real origin was Egypt.
the end of each ceremony, the Dogon built a mask and masks were found
6, plus the remains of the other two, which would date back to 480 years
before the knowledge of the Dogon of Sirius B that the modern
Astrophysics discovered only in 1862 recognizing only in 1925 that it was a white dwarf.In the mythology of the Dogon it is also talk of mysterious beings from the star system Sirius called Nommo.
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