Robert K. G. Temple

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Robert K. G. Temple (born 1945) is an American author best known for his controversial book, The Sirius Mystery (1976; though Temple began writing it in 1967) which presents the idea that the Dogon people preserve the tradition of contact with intelligent extraterrestrial beings from the Sirius star-system. His writings on the Dogon are based on an interpretation of the work of ethnographers Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen.[1]

Temple received a degree in Oriental Studies and Sanskrit from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia 1965. He was a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an occasional broadcaster with the BBC. He resides in England with his wife Olivia, where they "run a theatrical-design archive, a Romanian cultural foundation, a Green-cement company . . . and a new music mini-label which has just issued 'The Art of the Fugue' by J.S.Bach, played on solo piano."[2]

Other books by Temple include The Genius of China and The Crystal Sun. He has also written several articles for Time-Life, and has contributed to journals such as New Scientist and The Poetry Review. His second most recent book, written with his wife, is The Sphinx Mystery: The Forgotten Origins of the Sanctuary of Anubis published in early 2009 by Inner Traditions.[2][3] His most recent book is Egyptian Dawn published on Sept. 2, 2010 by Century.

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  1. ^ Temple, Robert K. G. (1976). The Sirius Mystery. ISBN 0-09-925744-0. 
  2. ^ a b The Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2009, p. 70.
  3. ^ The Sphinx Mystery homepage