As Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, and Orion is a really well defined constellation, with four bright stars at its extremities, and a slanting line of three in the middle - would that not explain their prominence?
Yes, if simple observation of them were all that were indicated. However, in the cosmologies I study, the stars are typically attended by complex symbolism that could not have reasonably resulted from simple observation. For example, there is no overt observational reason to associate Orion with the concept of a wheel or chariot (as culture after ancient culture seems to do) or Sirius with a throne (as is true in Egypt, India and elsewhere).
Likewise there are overt indications of the presence of at least two non-human groups in ancient times. The classic example is that of the Jealous god who forbids humans from having "any gods before me." Jewish commentators noticed that the statement implies the existence of "other gods". As I mentioned, the Dogon perspective, which their priests claim to have verified, is that none of these were actually gods.
Likewise, the esoteric tradition itself seems designed to hide information from unnamed outsiders. In the Dogon tradition, any tribe member is eligible for initiation. In fact, Marcel Griaule proved that initiation is open to any sincere outsider who pursues it. (I would argue that stories of Greek philosophers who studied with Egyptian priests also demonstrate this). So the question arises as to precisely from whom the tradition was designed to be hidden, and for what purpose. My view is that there likely was a second group that rivaled the teachers who were helping us.
As for the Dogon, their rationale for the sequestering of eight ancestor tribespeople requires the actual extended presence of their non-material, non-human teachers, and wouldn't be necessary had their influence simply presented as drug-induced visions.
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