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.
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