"People Can Lie, Stars Don't Lie"
July 4, 2009
On June 27, 2009, the de Young Museum in San Francisco opened the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, which is scheduled to be on display through March 28, 2010.
On July 24, 2009, from 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM, the museum has scheduled a celebration of the Oromo culture of East Africa. Starting at 7:00 PM, visitors have a chance to hear from an Oromo elder, Abba Liban Dabassa Guyo, about a sophisticated Oromo Calendar and traditional astornomical knowledge of ancient times, which may well be true today.
As an online announcement for this event notes, there are many cultural parallels between the Oromo and ancient Egypt, along with links to other ancient cultures, a fact that speaks to a common global system of ancient knowledge that remains alive today.
As Dr. Laurance R. Doyle of NASA once noted that he met the ancient astornomers of East Africa through the study of astonomical observations at Namoratunga in Nothern Kenya, this event may be where contemporary knowledge meets ancient knowledge in the tourist city of San Francisco by bringing together members of the Oromo community of East Africa and enthusiastic visitors from North America and lucky travelers from around the world.
Perhaps, this event may also open a door for more involved research into humanity's common past to draw a picture of the "common global system of ancient knowledge that remains alive today," as put by the announcement noted above. The stars in our sky are likely to be one of the guides in better understanding this common past. Interpreted carefully, the stories told about these stars by people who have studied about them one way or another is probably bound to give us more insights. As Abba Liban Dabassa Guyo once said, people can lie, stars don't lie. It is befitting that this year is recognized as the International Year of Astronomy and that Abba Liban Dabassa Guyo is invited to speak about the Oromo/Borana Calendar of East Africa, perhaps, the oldest knowledge about stars by humanity, during the international year of Astronomy.