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The Astral People of Dogon



Members of the Dogon tribe in their ceremonial attire. Photo: Wikipedia

The Dogon Tribe, of Mali in West Africa, are relatively unknown but remarkable. Despite having a population of less than one million, they have demonstrated an advanced understanding of astronomy that has led some to speculate about possible extraterrestrial contact in their past.

History of the Dogon People

The Dogon people are a native group located in West Africa’s central plateau region of Mali, near the city of Bandiagara and in Burkina Faso, south of the Niger bend. Their population ranges between 400,000 to 800,000 individuals.

The Dogon’s notable features are their religious customs, mask dances, wooden sculptures, and architecture. In recent years, the Dogon’s social organization, beliefs, and material culture have undergone significant changes due to the area in which they live being a major tourist attraction in Mali since the 20th century.

Advanced Knowledge of the Dogon People

A Dogon Village

The knowledge of astronomy and mathematics possessed by the Dogon Tribe is remarkably advanced and accurate, leading some to speculate that they could not have developed or discovered it on their own.

The origins of the Dogon Tribe are unknown, with some suggesting they may have descended from Egypt.

Their customs and traditional ceremonies are in harmony with the movements of a mysterious and unnamed star, Sirius B, which they knew orbits around Sirius A in an elliptical manner every 50 years. This information was completely unknown to Western astronomers at the time.

While Sirius A is visible to the naked eye as a bright star in the western sky, Sirius B, its invisible companion, cannot be seen. The Dogon people understood that Sirius B was small but dense or heavy, and they had known about its existence for thousands of years. It wasn’t until 1970, when Western astronomers took the first photograph of Sirius B, that its existence was officially confirmed.

The Dogon Tribe also possessed knowledge that Saturn has four moons and is surrounded by rings or halos, which can only be seen with powerful telescopes.

The Dogon People and the Aliens

A documentary from 1979 about the Dogon people and their advanced astral knowledge.

So where did this advanced celestial knowledge come from if the Dogon didn’t have telescopes or advanced mathematics?

As per the tribe elders who shared their story with French visitors in 1939, the Dogon people believe that their extensive knowledge of the sky was bestowed upon them by creatures who came to Earth from Sirius B thousands of years ago. These beings, known as Nommos, were amphibious and had an extraordinary understanding of astronomy and mathematics, and the Dogon people revere them as a source of their knowledge.

While Western scientists consider these accounts of extraterrestrial contact to be nothing more than handed-down myths, the Dogon Tribe has absolute faith in them, viewing them as undeniable as the ground beneath their feet.

Robert Temple’s book “The Sirius Mystery,” published by Random House in London in 1977 and revised in 1998, provides a well-documented but controversial discussion of the extraterrestrial roots of the Dogon Tribe’s precise astronomical knowledge. Temple’s book boldly claims that advanced extraterrestrial beings must have had contact with humans as early as 5000 and 3000 B.C.

According to Temple, not only the Dogon Tribe but also the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians spoke of creatures who came from the Sirius Star system. And their oral traditions align with the Dogon people’s belief that these extraterrestrial beings were amphibious.

Skepticism about the Dogon People’s Astral Knowledge

More traditional Western astronomers and researchers have dismissed extraterrestrial theories as absurd, preferring to attribute the Dogon people’s advanced knowledge to modern contact with europeans.

Their assertion that there is no evidence of contact with beings from other planets or galaxies stems from the fact that, despite listening to radio signals from outer space for years, no intelligent sounds were detected. This led to the project’s abandonment, as it was deemed a waste of time, money, and resources.

The SETI project (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) did not focus on the Sirius Star system but instead looked elsewhere in the vast universe. It is now known that the Milky Way alone has millions of Earth-like planets where life could exist.

How else can we justify the Dogon Tribe’s precise knowledge of the planetary movements in the sky?

Ian Ridpath, a skeptic who wrote a critique in 1978, there are many ways the Dogon people could have obtained knowledge of Western astronomy before their encounter with Griaule and Dieterlen. In his book “Sirius Matters,” Noah Brosch suggests that the Dogon tribe might have had contact with astronomers who were exploring the area during a five-week expedition in 1893 to study a solar eclipse, led by Henri-Alexandre Deslandres.

How do you think the Dogon people gained their advanced knowledge? Let us know in the comments.

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Further Reading

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The Sirius Mystery: New Scientific Evidence of Alien Contact 5,000 Years Ago by Robert Temple

Sirius Matters (Astrophysics and Space Science Library, 354)

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The Green Whale of Bantam Lake




Picturesque Bantam Lake where the Green Whale UFO was spotted in 2012. Image: Wikipedia

Before dawn on April 10, 2012, a motorist and a state trooper ten miles apart reported witnessing a colossal, neon-green object plunging from the sky into Bantam Lake, Connecticut.

Sightings of the “Green Whale”

A map of the location of Bantam Lake in Connecticut

The Republican American newspaper first reported the story on a Thursday morning. They said a driver in Litchfield saw a green, glowing object as big as a whale fall from the sky into Bantam Lake around 2 a.m. on the previous Tuesday. At the same time, a police officer about 10 miles away in Warren told the police station he saw something fall from the sky near Bantam or Morris.

Firefighters from Morris went up and down the lake in a boat to see if a plane had crashed, but they didn’t find anything. The search was stopped, and the mystery was not solved.

People living in the area found the story interesting, and some businesses tried to use the story to attract customers. But some people wanted to know what really happened.

Robert LaBonne, who used to be the president of the Bantam Lake Protective Association, wrote an email to two local politicians, State Sen. Andrew Roraback and State Rep. Craig Miner. He told them he was getting emails from people as far away as Florida asking what was being done to figure out the mystery.

Bob Leigh, called The Litchfield County Times one late Thursday afternoon. He said that he and two of his friends saw the same thing at the same place about two years ago, around the same time.

Mr. Leigh said that the whole sky turned into a strange green light and then it was gone.

Leigh and his friends looked at each other and wondered what that thing was. He said it came from the sky like a green blob.

A new report covering the story of the Green Whale of Bantam Lake

Possible Mundane Explanations for the Green Whale

It is not known for sure what exactly fell from the sky on that fateful April monring and so far there have been no searches conducted in the lake.

Brian Koberlein, a space scientist and writer, told CT Insider that meteoroids and asteroids can look green when they burn up in our atmosphere because of the iron-nickel in them. He thinks a meteor might be responsible for what was seen.

He said that it’s hard to tell where something is and how big it is in the night sky. For example, the moon looks really big when it’s low in the sky, but it’s always the same size. The same thing can happen with meteors.

They might look big, bright, and close to the ground, but they’re usually higher up and just look like they’re near the horizon. Since this event happened during a meteor shower, and green meteors are not unusual, he thinks it was probably a meteor.

Have you ever seen anything like the Green Whale of Bantam Lake? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Goblins in Kentucky? The Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter




A drawing of the Kentucky Goblins provided to Project Bluebook. Image: ATI

The Kelly–Hopkinsville encounter was a close encounter with extraterrestrial beings in 1955 near the communities of Kelly and Hopkinsville in Kentucky. UFOlogists regard it as one of the most significant and well-documented cases in the history of UFO incidents.

The Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblins

On August 21, 1955, while visiting his friend Elmer “Lucky” Sutton at a farmhouse in the small town of Kelly, Billy Ray Taylor from Pennsylvania went outside to get water from the well. Suddenly, he noticed something flying across the sky that was very bright and had colorful exhaust. Filled with panic, he quickly ran back inside and informed everyone, including his wife and the Sutton family, that he had just seen a UFO.

Taylor also mentioned that he didn’t hear any loud noise like an explosion, but there was a hissing sound when the object landed somewhere near the back of the farmhouse. However, nobody took Taylor’s claim seriously until they heard the dogs barking, indicating that someone or something was approaching the house.

The intruders had large, round heads and long arms with claws that almost reached the ground. Every aspect of their appearance appeared to shimmer and emit a glow in the darkness.

Their eyes emitted a yellowish light, and their bodies glistened as if they were composed of silver metal.

The groupgathered at the Sutton farmhouse were determined not to surrender without a struggle. Sutton and Taylor quickly armed themselves with guns. When one of the creatures approached the window and pressed its face against it, they immediately began shooting at it.

Later that evening, a group of five adults and seven children rushed to the Hopkinsville police station in a state of fear and desperation. One of them managed to utter, “We require assistance. We’ve been battling them for almost four hours.”

The group claimed that they had been fending off the otherworldly invaders for nearly four hours using gunfire. Sutton and Taylor recounted shooting at around “twelve to fifteen” short, dark figures that kept appearing at the door and peering through windows.

UFOlogist Jerome Clark describes the creatures as floating through the trees and the sound of bullets hitting them resembling bullets hitting a metal bucket. He also mentions an unusual glowing patch and a mysterious green light.

Thinking they were dealing with a gunfight between locals, authorities swiftly responded to the scene. Four city police officers, five state troopers, three deputy sheriffs, and four military police officers from the nearby United States Army Fort Campbell rushed to the Sutton farmhouse in Christian County, near the town of Kelly.

Despite an extensive search, they found no trace of the alleged extraterrestrial beings, except for bullet holes in the window and door screens caused by the residents’ gunfire.

The farmhouse was occupied by Glennie Lankford, her children Lonnie, Charlton, and Mary, as well as Elmer “Lucky” Sutton, John Charley “J.C.” Sutton, their wives Vera and Alene, Alene’s brother O.P. Baker, and Billy Ray Taylor with his wife June.

Reportedly, the Taylors, “Lucky,” and Vera Sutton were transient carnival workers who happened to be visiting the farmhouse. The following day, neighbors informed the officers that the families had hastily departed after claiming that “the creatures had returned around 3:30 in the morning.”

Possible Mundane Explanations

A documentary about the Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblin encounter by Fire of Learning

Psychologists Rodney Schmaltz and Scott Lilienfeld use the incident as an example of pseudoscience to teach critical thinking. They suggest that alcohol may have influenced the sighting, despite claims of no drinking.

Skeptic Joe Nickell proposes that the family mistook nocturnal owls for aliens, noting their aggressive behavior and resemblance to reported creatures. Author Brian Dunning highlights the similarities between the owl’s height and the reported size of the beings.

According to French UFOlogist Renaud Leclet, the simplest explanation for the case is that the residents mistook great horned owls for the creatures.

Investigations by police, nearby Air Force officers, and civilian UFOlogists found no evidence of a hoax, although there are discrepancies regarding the involvement of Air Force investigators.

Some UFOlogists compared the creatures to gremlins, leading to their popular nickname, the “Hopkinsville Goblins.” UFOlogist Allan Hendry noted the case’s significance due to its duration and the number of witnesses involved, while Project Blue Book labeled it as a hoax without further comment.

Kentucky Goblins and the ‘Little Green Men’

The encounter with the goblins in Kelly-Hopkinsville led to the popularization of the term “little green men.” Before this sighting, beings in flying saucers were simply referred to as “little men,” while “little green men” was mainly used in science fiction stories.

After the alleged sighting, local reporters began describing the creatures as “little green men,” and the phrase quickly spread through newspapers, radio, and translations into other languages.

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