The Dogon revealed some of their cosmological science through their interaction with two French anthropologists: Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen. The Dogon have been the center of anthropological debate, for they have knowledge of the Sirius Star system that Western Scientist was able to confirm only by using high powered telescopes. The debate has centered on the fact that the Dogon know details about the dwarf companion of Sirius A, whom they call Sigi Tolo. The Dogon priests can detail the rapid rotation, 50 year orbital cycle, small size, and immense power of Po Tolo - Sirius B - with great accuracy. Therefore, the fact is often overlooked that the Dogon have described in great detail and accuracy the structure and nature of our entire galaxy and how we Earthlings fit into it. A breakdown of the key cosmological and astrophysical truths expressed in Dogon High Science is as follows: Amma is the Dogon name for Amen.
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Description[ edit ] The pale fox is long-bodied with relatively short legs and a narrow muzzle. The furis generally a pale sandy colour that turns white towards the abdomen.
Its bushy tail is reddish brown and black at the tip. It is a relatively small canid with weight ranging from 1. The ears are large compared to other foxes but is typical of a desert inhabiting canid.
The habitat is sandy or stony arid terrain, and the pale fox is able to relocate southwards and northwards in relation to the periodic droughts that affect these regions.
It lives in small family groups with parents and their young. During the day they rest in dug burrows that can extend up to 15 meters long and descend up to 2 meters to the ground, at dusk they venture out and forage for food, which includes plants and berries as well as rodents , reptiles and insects. It has the ability to retain water from its food, and can go almost completely without drinking. No particular threats have been identified although this fox is sometimes hunted because it raids villages and takes poultry, and it is sometimes killed by vehicles at night.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of " least concern ".
In he returned to university, where he attended the lectures of Marcel Mauss and Marcel Cohen. Intrigued by anthropology, he gave up plans for a technical career. Between and Griaule participated in two large-scale ethnographic expeditions—one to Ethiopia and the ambitious Dakar to Djibouti expedition which crossed Africa. On the latter expedition he first visited the Dogon , the ethnic group with whom he would be forever associated. Throughout the s Griaule and his student Germaine Dieterlen undertook several group expeditions to the Dogon area in Mali.