RE: Curious about Sirius

The story about the Dogon people (in West Africa) is quite a curious one. 
We're told that they have some sort of preternatural knowledge of the star 
Sirius, including the information that it's a binary (or more) star.

The actual history of this situation emerged a few years ago. About 1920 a 
young French astronomer visited the Dogon. Finding that their mythology was 
woven about Sirius, he gave them all the astronomical facts at hand. 
Apparently they were most pleased to receive the information, and rapidly 
incorporated it into their mythology.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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