Mali, Sirius star, Calev and Achsah

It looks like Israel is going to establish diplomat relations with Mali, the African country.

What a fabulous and interesting history that country has.

If human progress were measured by the percentage of law-abiding people in a society, then Mali could challenge for the title as the most advanced country ever.

There is a lingering prejudice against black Africans. They are treated as if they had no history until civilized by Europeans. But that is far from true.

Every now and then something will pop up which shows it is not true.

A few years ago an Internet site listed the richest men in history. At the top of the list was Mansa Mausa I, king of Mali (c. 1280-1337), beating out the Rothschilds. (“Mansa” means “emperor.”)

The Mali empire stretched 478,819 square miles, second in size in the world to the Mongol empire, and was decentralized. The economy was based on gold and salt production. The library at the capital, Timbuktu, was possibly the largest in the world.

Mausa’s father Abubakari II was obsessed with seeing what lie over the ocean. He assembled the best engineers in Africa and built 200 ships. One man returned, the captain of the last ship in the queue. He could not explain what happened. They went over the horizon and were sucked under was his story.

Abubakari decided if you want something done, you have to do it yourself. He built 2,000 ships, abdicated his throne, and sailed away. None returned but there is rich record of black Africans settling in the Americas 180 years before Columbus.

Lisapo ya Kama: “‘They were from warm countries. …. They were often extremely black men who used to trade numerous objects.’ This was how the Indians used to describe the Mandingos whose one trader caste … ended up becoming the supplier to the South and Central America’s markets … years before Christopher Columbus arrived. Those traders contributed to build temples in America, married native women, contributed to the rise of the Aztec civilization. They enriched the Native American spirituality, which roots are essentially African.”

Cheikh Anta Diop of Senegal, authority on African history, says the Mali civilization as well as others in Africa were built on the foundation of ancient Egypt in the same way Europe rests on the foundation of Greece and Rome. And what a well-run country Mali was. Ibn Battuta, a traveller, had been everywhere. Here’s what he said about Mali.

Roland Oliver and J. D. Fage: “The great traveller Ibn Battuta, whose earlier journeys had taken him as far as China, after a tour through the Mali empire in 1352-3 wrote that its Negroes ‘are seldom unjust and have a greater horror of injustice than other peoples. … There is complete security in their country. Neither traveller nor inhabitant in it has anything to fear from robbers and men of violence.’”

They had a custom where if a foreigner, normally referring to north Africans, died in their midst, his property was put in trust of a countryman until a relative arrived to claim it. This was at a time when in Europe people would steal the eyes out of your head, dead or alive.

Because of its decentralization, Islam had only penetrated Mali at its upper levels. When Islam finally enveloped that country, they were cut off from their cultural roots, and succumbed to the general lethargy that affected all Muslim lands in that period.

We come to the Dogon tribe. This is a tribe of possibly several hundred thousands in which today only a small minority have been assimilated into foreign religions. Their roots to their deep past remained strong.

Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlin, two eminent French anthropologists, used to spend part of their year starting in the 30s, with the Dogon. In the 50s they came out with a book describing the Dogon culture.

In terms of mythology most of it sounds like typical nonsense, which was also true in ancient Egypt, apparently the source of of part of it. Since scientists don’t normally read books on anthropology, it took 20 years before what they had written  of the Dogon knowledge of the Sirius star system became known. That triggered a major controversy.

The following was written by a senior research scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Jay. B. Holberg: “The beliefs appear to contain many of the essential facets of modern scientific knowledge about Sirius and its companion; knowledge that could only have been obtained with powerful telescopes, coupled with sophisticated scientific theories about stellar interiors. For example, it was stated that Sirius was orbited by a tiny star moving in an elliptical path with a period of 50 years. Moreover, the faint star was made from a ‘dense metal,’ so heavy that all the people on earth could not lift it.

“If true, (and accurate) how could the Dogon have acquired such astonishing knowledge? The Dogon stories about Sirius bear unmistakable parallels to modern scientific knowledge about Sirius: the 50 year elliptical orbit of the white dwarf, the super dense matter that it was composed of, and other curious pieces of information. All of this information was available in both the scientific and popular literature from the early 1930s on.”

The initial reaction was that they probably absorbed the knowledge somehow from Europeans. This ignored the fact that the cliff area towards Timbuktu where the Dogon live did not come under French rule until 1946, the very year that Griaule did his interviews with Ogotemmêli, whom elders then permitted Griaule to interview because they now trusted him. The Dogon were regarded as one of the prime examples of “primitive savagery” in the world. Ogotemmêli himself had learned the ancient lore from his grandfather and father during a period of 15 years. Griaule recorded his interviews over 33 days and he said later there was a lot he did not understand until he had a chance to study it. The bottom line is that Ogotemmêli had no contact with Europeans up to that point in time nor spoke their language. Furthermore the Dogon have a traditional celebration every 60 years, marking the period of the elliptical path. Why it is not 50 years probably reflects the ancient Egyptian calendar, later transposed.

In 1976 Robert K. Temple published a book entitled “The Sirius Mystery,” based on the Dogon knowledge, and asserting that aliens from Sirius came to earth and introduced civilization to humans. He has other stuff in there too, which I don’t endorse, but this part is pretty solid.

The black Africans of Egypt, with women in the forefront making all of the advances (according to five historians), were ahead of everyone else in developing the elements of civilization. You had village after village with domesticated animals, many different edible crops, well-constructed buildings, varieties of herbs for medicine, knowledge of sewing, weaving, basketry, boot making, pottery, woodworking, as well as artwork and song. But without government linking one village to another, there were no roads, bridges, drainage, and no organized economy, where surplus production could be marketed. That’s where the Sirius aliens enter the picture, if true.

We know the Egyptians were black Africans because they were the only people who did circumcision, for reasons unknown. Avraham had to go there to learn how to do it. Hebrews would intermarry frequently with Egyptians. You don’t get a name like Pinchas, meaning “Negro,” without intermarriage. And the only place you could pick up genes for naturally curly hair, which Jews carry, was in black Africa.

(The five historians who credit women with all the inventions that brought us out of the caves are Robert Briffault, Mary R. Beard, Will Durant, Georg Simmel, and Lewis Mumford.)

In 1997 we got an independent confirmation in Israel that aliens from Sirius founded civilization on earth. The source was the aliens themselves, so Maariv reported.

During the fall of 1996 the country was inundated with UFOS, incidents and sightings all the time.

Here are some.

On Sept. 17 at 2 a.m. a large UFO hovered near the Ramat Aviv Junction in Tel Aviv flashing a kaleidoscope of colors. Everyone got out of their cars to look. Nearby are buildings 15 storeys high; it was at the level of the 14th storey. A fellow who did his army service in the intelligence corps identifying aircraft, examined it up close. He said, this is definitely not in the IDF database. “The object was making a show for us moving up and down like a crazy firefly.”

Yuri Isakov of Nazareth Elite, a retired cook, then 62, did a four-minute TV interview with newsman Rafi Reshef not long after he was abducted by a UFO. Isakov went out to check his mail not far from his home. He saw a light over his head and then was grabbed by the hair, neck, and left arm and dragged into a saucer. He was examined by creatures who spoke a language that sounded like the scratching of phonograph needles. He remembers being there for 20 minutes but he found himself lying in a soccer field three hours after leaving his house. He went straight to the police station. When he got to face Reshef, he had already told his story to the police (or partly because he passed out in the telling), a doctor, and a psychiatrist. He suffered chronic skin problems after that.

Ziona Dumtee of the Moshav Akhihud saw lights approaching her home and went out to see what they were. She was confronted by what might be called a leprechaun, a little green man. She stabbed him, bringing forth a spray of green blood as he died. Fifty scientists at the Technion in Haifa examined the remains and couldn’t answer the question that begins every game of “Twenty Questions.” — is it animal, vegetable, or mineral? The official report from the forensic medicine branch of the health department simply states that it was not possible to determine if the material was organic or inorganic or synthetic.

Moshav Akhihud reported that 15 sheep vanished without a trace not long after Ziona Dumtee killed her creature. Sheep stealing is not unusual; “without a trace” is. If this were payback for a fallen comrade or android, you would have to describe it as a measured response.

In the wake of the publicity from the moshav incident, Shmuel Hakhum, then a Kfar Saba city councillor, went to a newspaper to tell of his earlier encounter with one of those creatures.

Hakhum had a doctor’s appointment at a clinic, had arrived too early so he decided as part of his civic duty that he would go to a nearby public park and inspect the level of cleanliness. He had nearly finished when he came up to a pile of boxes and in them was what he thought to be a plastic toy 18 cm high which was exuding a greenish glow. He bent over to pick up a stick to nudge it but before he straightened up, the “toy” had moved backwards. He began to study it.

Said Hakhum, “He had the complete face of a human: eyes, eyelashes, nose, mouth, forehead. … On his forehead were wrinkles, like a man. He appeared like an old Negro. I looked at him long and hard. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He looked straight back, as if he were examining me. It was a human look. That was my feeling; that I was looking at another human.” Hakhum stopped a woman passing by and asked her what she thought; she took one glance and ran away. He finally decided to bring someone from the clinic, a nurse came with him, but the creature was gone when he got back.

The first sighting that year that reached the general public happened at Kibbutz Hatzor. A gigantic UFO appeared above the kibbutz three nights in a row seen by all. The design of the ship was so bizarre that any self-respecting sci-fi series would have rejected it as being impossibly implausible.

On Jan. 15, 1997 Maariv published an interview with a Bulgarian healer named Marinka Petrova, then 48, in its Signon magazine. Petrova said that when the two physiotherapists hired her in 1995 to work in Israel, she told them, wherever I go, UFOs will not be far behind.

At age 37 she came down with thyroid cancer, treatment did not help, and she was slipping away. At that point she was invited to a séance. It was her first time. During the evening others said to her, “they” are talking to you.

“They” said they would cure her and help her cure others.

Marinka Petrova: “I came home and didn’t believe it. But things started to happen in my body. I felt chills, pain, nausea. I suffered terribly. Then I began to see the aliens. They told me that my sufferings were a testing period. I started to feel better. I went for a medical examination and to the astonishment of the doctors, the malignant growth was gone.”

She said despite being a healer she doesn’t cure. She simply communicates with the aliens and they do it. At first she just tried to help friends and neighbors in her small town but word spread. Soon she was in great demand. Before coming to Israel she had also worked in Vienna. In 2000 she left Israel and has not been heard from since.

She said the aliens told her this about themselves.

Marinka Petrova: “They are from the star system Sirius, from the planet they call Lotus. They look like us, but are taller. They once lived on earth and helped us to develop civilization.”

This carries up right back into the Torah, to the giants who founded Kiryat Arba aka Hebron, to the 10 spies at the Exodus who chickened out when they saw them, to Calev, who led the charge into the Promised Land. He happened to be one of them, a regular Mr. Spock, although much taller.

“Arba” is not a man’s name because it is feminine gender; it’s a number, as in Officer Four. They split into two groups and some went down to Egypt.

Calev’s father, who must have been an engineer working on projects among the Hebrew slaves, married a Jewish girl. Normally female slaves get the worst of it being passed from hand to hand, but because they were killing the babies, the females were off-limits. He broke ranks, converted to the Jewish faith, and freed her. His Hebrew name is Yephunnah, which means “he turned.”

Calev, even though he was not descended from Hebrews paternally, was fast-tracked to be head of a tribe because he knew the enemy in the Promised Land.  Later his daughter Achsah and her cousin-husband Othniel  — whom else could she marry with her height? (although she put him to the test first) — led the revolt against the Babylonians who had overrun the Hebrews before they had even established themselves in the Promised Land and saved Israel from extinction, ruling for 40 years. No one else could have done it.

Let’s go back into Egypt.

Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, about eight light years away, and the Egyptians built around it a calendar, which they used alongside other calendars. Sirius became a central part of their culture and was known as the “Dog Star.”

Yephunnah wanted to memorialize his roots so his named his older boy Calev, which means “Dog.”

No one would call a boy “dog” unless it was for a meaningful reason. The uniqueness of the name gets lost because of a horrendous error in Chronicles I at 2:18, where they give the impression that there was an earlier Calev.

The writer of that passage should have been fired on the spot. Because of him it is trotted out that this earlier Calev was the great-grandson of Yehudah, i.e. Judah, and Tamar.

But if you check the Hebrew text,  the actual name of this man as it is transliterated was Chelubai. He is referred to as “Calev” in the second reference. Here the writer goes completely off the rails. After listing all his sons, he adds at 2:49 that “Calev” had a daughter, “Achsah.” When you come to the actual Calev at 4:15, it lists four sons but no daughter. Achsah was a first lady of Israel; she would have been listed but she should have gone alongside her father.

There was never an earlier Calev nor an earlier Achsah.

Egyptian women enjoyed complete equality, never rivalled at any time in history, even today.

Joseph married an Egyptian woman Osnath, whose name means “servant of Neith.” She was the high priestess of Neith, the leading goddess in Egypt, whose daughters Isis and Athena would become more famous. Joseph was also given an Egyptian name, Zaphnathpaneah, also in honor of Neith  — “Neith says he will live” — so that the locals would think he was one of theirs and not a foreigner. When his Ephraim tribe came into Israel they followed the culture of the founding mother, which meant equal opportunities for women. That’s why Sheerah, after studying engineering, became the first major building contractor in Israel.

Achsah comes across as a typical irrepressible Egyptian woman. In the Book of Judges only seven women are named, the five daughters of Zelophehad, looking for their inheritance; Rahab, the heroine of Jericho; and Achsah for badgering her husband over a lack of water on their land, and when he did nothing about it, she went to her father and got it fixed.

The geopolitical situation when the Hebrews came up into the Promised Land was the same then as it is today. The major powers had spheres of influence. The Hebrews’ land was in the sphere of influence of the Egyptians, who should have come after them sooner or later. They didn’t because as the Hebrews were going out, the Hyksos were coming in, and that created a vacuum for a few hundred years.

You don’t get the symmetry in Egyptian and Israel’s history by following the chronologies of the Egyptologists, which are all wrong. Immanuel Velikovsky showed that they have put in 600 phantom years. He removed those and things line after the Exodus.

Cushan Double Trouble of Babylonia seeing the vacuum just rolled in. The Hebrews had little chance of getting rid of him — they could not stand up to iron chariots. The solution was the javelin but they wouldn’t know about that for a very long time. When Deborah won her big victory later, she lured them into a trap.

Othniel and Achsah led the insurrection and it must have been the most incredible victory in Israel’s history, especially how they managed to accomplish it, details of which are not given. Everything is played down. You can speculate on the reason. The Jews are being told, you got help from aliens this time, from here on you are on your own. Those two gave Israel 40 years of peace, time to consolidate.

You can tell Velikovsky’s chronology is correct by the marriage of Mered to an Egyptian princess Batya. The Egyptians never married their princesses to foreigners because the right to the throne ran through the female line. She had to be a Hyksos. It looks like a successful early effort at diplomacy. (He’s listed in the time frame of Calev’s sons so I am going by that.) The Egyptians seemed to have made an exception later by sending a princess to Shlomo, i.e. Solomon. But he himself was an exceptional ally.

Othniel is supposed to be buried in Hebron. If true I don’t know why his wife would not be beside him. In any event if that is Othniel this could be a chance to check his DNA to see if it is entirely human. Jews can only go there a few times per year because it is situated in Arab-controlled territory.

About the Author
Dov Ivry is from the Maritimes in Canada, born in Nova Scotia, raised in New Brunswick. He worked as a journalist there for 20 years with a one-year stop at the Gazette in Montreal. He's been hanging out in Israel for 36 years, doing this and that, and managed to produce 66 books.