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The Dogon religion is the first religion in modern times to tell us about the amphibious Nummo who came to Earth to create life. My research reveals that these hermaphroditic beings, who were identified with the sacred feminine, were the Goddesses loved and revered by the people of Old Europe. Demonized by later patriarchal cultures, the Dogon tell us that these immortal beings were responsible for human creation and civilization.
My research indicates that the Dogon religion is the pagan mystery religion that was thought to have been lost to humanity. It was stamped out of existence in most places of the world by the Roman Catholic Church and the Inquisition. The reason this religion has survived with the Dogon people is because they were isolated from the rest of the world right up until the 1930s. It was at that time that the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule began recording the Dogon religion. The Dogon people were still living in their oral culture at the time their religion was recorded making this record extremely rare from an historical perspective.
My books and articles are based on Griaule's research and that of another anthropologist Germaine Dieterlen, who collaborated with Marcel Griaule. I've spent the last 14 years of my life researching and writing about the African Dogon religion because I believe it's as close to the world’s first religion that we are ever likely to get. Because the religion was created in an oral culture its structure is foreign to our way of thinking. It is a religion that was meant to be taught through music, dance and story telling. It is so rich in symbolism that most historians including Griaule completely missed the symbolic pattern of the religion. Because it is a mystery religion, the meaning of the religion is hidden within the symbols. It is by studying the symbols in comparison to other ancient religions like Greek mythology that we can uncover the truth about our past. These ancient symbols were universal and appear in every ancient religion I have studied. They form the basis for Christianity and Judaism.
The Dogon elder Ogotemmęli, who told the key stories and symbols to Griaule in 1946, took over 20 years to learn his own religion. This gives you some idea of its complexity. The Dogon people had a system of signs which ran into the thousands, including "their own systems of astronomy and calendrical measurements, methods of calculation and extensive anatomical and physiological knowledge, as well as a systematic pharmacopoeia."
I have devoted so much of my time to this religion because there is a spiritual component to it that needs to be addressed and understood. It is a spiritualism that is connected to the Earth itself and involves our genetic connection to our environment.
I have written three books on the Dogon religion that you can purchase at right. The first version of The Master of Speech was published in 2002. It has since been revised and upgraded, with the most recent being in 2013. The Nummo was first published in 2004 and also been upgraded this year. This is the first version of Day of the Fish, which was publised in 2012 by Elemental Expressions Ltd.
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