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The Sirius Mystery

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The Sirius Mystery, by Robert K.G. Temple, is an attempt to prove that visitors from Sirius landed in the Middle East about 4,500 years ago and left a living occult tradition in that region and in parts of Africa and Europe. Temple uses two major sources of evidence: Egyptian-Sumerian mythology, which he interprets in . novel way, and the traditions of an African tribe named the Dogon, who still claim memories of the Sirians, who looked like fish-people and preferred to spend most of their time in the water. Mr. Temple demonstrates, from an anthropological study by two French scholars, Griaule and Dieterlen, that the Dogon have actual knowledge of the Sirius system, which is hard to explain, e.g., the Dogon know that Sirius has a dark companion, Sirius B, which was not suspected by European astronomers until this century and not photographed until 1970. The Dogon also know the exact period of rotation of Sirius B (50 years) and know that it is one of the heaviest stars in the universe.

Temple finds evidence of similar knowledge in the mythos of the ancient Near East and Egypt, and tries to document a tradition that includes Dante, the Knights Templar, Giordano Bruno, Sir Philip Sydney, and Dr. John Dee.

The Sirius Mystery does not belong in the nut category; the London Times praised Temple's "caution" and "integrity," and the Manchester Guardian called this book "a work of respectable scholarship."

See also-: Necronomicon


The Sirius Mystery, by Robert K.G. Temple, St. Martin's, New York, 1976