The Rose: Dogon star knowledge was recently published and can be purchased at right. Read Chapter 1: Swallowing and Pregnant Suns. (*By reading my previous books, it will help prepare you for understanding the symbolism in The Rose.*)
"Amma's Seat" in the Belt of Orion ©Robert Hill
In The Rose, I explore the star knowledge that was imparted to the Dogon people by the Nummo. The Dogon referred to an experiment that was carried out on a blackhole in the centre of the galaxy that ended up restructuring the Nummos' entire galaxy and destroying life on Mars and in the Alpha Centauri system. It created our planet and caused our Solar System to lose its second Sun. According to the Dogon, the stars were much closer together when these events occurred billions of years ago. The location for the experiment was associated with a blackhole in the Belt of Orion that the Dogon identified with the creation of the Universe. It was known in the Dogon religion as "Amma's Seat" and "Amma's Egg", shown above.
This tragic event is the source of all ancient religions and appears in the guise of stolen fire, stolen fleece and stolen cows, all of which are Sun symbols in the Dogon religion. In Europe, where this religion was practised prior to the Inquisition, the Sun was symbolized by an apple and a rose. My research indicates that a red rose was a symbol of a red giant star that both created and regenerated the world. This religion was once known around the world but only survived in fragments in most places.
My research in Day of the Fish reveals that the hermaphroditic Nummo, 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.
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 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 17 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 are 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 four 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 was upgraded in 2013. This is the first version of Day of the Fish, which was publised in 2012 by Elemental Expressions Ltd. The Rose is my latest book, which came out in August. Refer to The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge for more information on The Rose.
Listen to an interview Shannon did with Henrik on The Nummo at Red Ice Radio.
Read Shannon's Blog that provides an overview of the Dogon Religion.
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