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The Movie Prometheus and the
Demonization of the Nummo by Shannon Dorey
Ur Madonna 5000 BCESee Shannon Dorey Day of the Fish pp. 20-34
The creators of the movie Prometheus took a true historical account told by the Dogon people of Mali, Africa and turned it into a mediocre science fiction film. In the process they distorted true history leaving us with a mishmash of truth in combination with a weakly constructed fictitious plot.
In the Dogon religion, the Nummo biologically engineered humans and although their genetic experiment failed on Earth, they were not evil beings. They were revered by the Dogon and others. Most people have never heard of the Nummo because their existence was suppressed in most places of the world by the Inquisition and the Roman Catholic Church. The memory of the Nummo survived with the Dogon people because they were living on the Cliffs of Bandiagara in Mali, Africa and were isolated from the rest of the world right up until the 1930s.
My research reveals the Dogon religion to be the first religion of the world and known to all people at one time. It is the mystery pagan religion that was thought to have been lost to humanity. It tells us the truth about our past. This demonization of our genetic creators in the movie Prometheus is troubling considering how many people have lost their lives throughout our history trying to protect the truth about the Nummo. The Nummo, were amphibious hermaphrodites and were associated with the sacred feminine, and were not only revered by Dogon but by the people of Europe right until the Albigensian (Cathar) Crusade.
The Albigensian Crusade of 1209 was when the Church of Rome called for crusaders to attack Languedoc in the south of France. This was one of the most educated and advanced cultural centres of Europe at the time. ďThe extermination was so extensive it constituted one of the first genocides in modern European history. In one town, for example, fifteen thousand men, women, and children were slaughtered wholesaleómany of them in the sanctuary of the church. When an officer inquired of the Popeís representative how he might distinguish heretics from true believers, the reply was, ĎKill them all. God will recognize his own.íĒDan Sewell Ward The Albigensian Crusade http://www.halexandria.org/dward220.htm
The Roman Catholic Church, more than any other institution on Earth, has done its best to stamp out any knowledge of the Nummo. This has left humans floundering and fragmented, and clinging to false truths and realities that don't exist.
The Nummo came to the Earth initially because their world was dying. The Nummo were looking for a new planet to inhabit and when they first came to Earth, there wasn't any intelligent life here. They were immortal beings in the sense that when they lived and died, they could remember having lived before. Unlike humans who can't remember from one life time to the next, the Nummo were always conscious and present. They mistakenly assumed that as long as a creature wasn't intelligent that it didn't have a soul. They thought they could combine their DNA with the animals that exited on the Earth and move their souls into those created beings. What they discovered was that all animals have souls even those that are unevolved. The experiment failed and a single sexed male being was born completely severed from the Nummos' spiritual essence. This individual, known as the Jackal in the Dogon religion, was born mortal and tied to the Earth with no knowledge of a previous existence. Although he was male, the Jackal symbolized all humans both male and female. He was the first human and signified our lost immortality. Nummo souls were lost to the Earth in the experiment and the Nummo became forever genetically twinned to humanity.
The Nummo were the mothers of the Earth and symbolized by the Sun in the Dogon religion, which was the female symbol. Although the alien Nummo were hideous looking by humans standards, they were benevolent beings. It is because of their strange appearance that the Roman Catholic Church and other patriarchal religions have been able to demonize them throughout history.
The Dogon elder OgotemmÍli, who told the key elements of his religion to the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule in 1947, most often referred to the Nummo as ďthe Serpent.Ē He described the Nummo as being amphibians with fish tails and when they moved on land, they stood upright on their tails making them appear like Serpents. OgotemmÍli made several references to the fact the Serpent had a horn or a casque. In one passage, he described the hood worn by the Nummo Ancestor, relating her head to a stalk of corn. He said the Nummoís head fits into the oblong hood in the same way that a stalk of corn fits into its husk.Marcel Griaule, Conversations with OgotemmÍli, p. 195.
The Nummo also had green skin, red slanted eyes and webbed hands. One strange aspect of the Nummo was the appearance of circular bones that protruded from their skin in place of joints at the wrists and elbows. Because the Nummo were identified with the sacred feminine, these bumps were mimicked by the Dogon women in wearing arm and wrist bracelets. OgotemmÍli reported that ďall that adorns the Spirit of Water also belongs to women.ď Similar circular protrusions appear on the shoulders and elbows of Ur figurines that were found in southern Iraq, from a prehistoric village of the Ubaid culture which date from 5000Ė4000 BCE. (see above) These circular markings that look like bumps are an unusual aspect of these statues. The Nummo also had a circular bone at the end of their tails and this was likewise mimicked by the Dogon women who wore a bracelet on their right ankle. Because the Nummo only had a tail and didnít have two legs like humans they were perceived as having only one leg. The Nummo's leg was always identified with the right leg. Everything symbolizing the Nummo appeared on the right side of the Dogon sanctuary and everything symbolizing the male Jackal, the evil in the religion, always appeared on the left.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 20 -23.
I believe that because the Nummo were self-fertilizing hermaphrodites and used genetic engineering to create humanity, that they inspired the myth of the Virgin goddess. Most people are familiar with the Virgin Mary with her baby Jesus found in Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. This is a much later recreation of the first Madonna images that predate Christianity by 5000 years. (See the Ur figurine above.) An example of the Christian Virgin Mary is shown below taken from the Celtic Book of Kells. This image shows the Virgin mother with two right feet, while Jesus is shown with two left feet. This aspect of the picture indicates to me that the original artist had come from the pagan religion and been forced perhaps against his or her will to accommodate the book to Christianity. The Book of Kells, which was believed to have been created in the ninth century in the monastery of Saint Colm Cille on the Island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland, was thought to have come from the Celtic pagan religion and later transcribed to accommodate the four Christian gospels. My research shows that the Celtic pagan religion is the same religion that was practised by the Dogon people.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 30
7 Verso, the Virgin and Child in the Book of KellsThe Book of Kells 7 Verso, Folio of the Virgin and Child
If we look at the pre-historic Madonna figure from Ur, her tail has been broken off but she looks like a serpent with slanted eyes and a casque on her head. Other Ur Madonna figurines are depicted with fishtails. They all seem to appear with these lines on their bellies. The Nummo had these same lines that were mimicked by the Dogon women in the form of tattoos on their bellies that stretched from below the breasts to the abdomen.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 31.
The British archaeologist Leonard Woolley described the Ur figurines as being half-human and reptilian in nature. He believed ďthe appliquť pieces at the shoulders could have been meant to signify scales.Ē According to William Hafford, the majority of the figurines found were females, and even ďthe most complete male figurine was found in a womanís grave. The essence of the type, then, would seem to be geared to the feminine, perhaps as a symbol of fertility or of nurturing. Indeed, in some examples, the woman is shown nursing a child, who also has an elongated head with bitumen hair.Ē The Nummo also had elongated heads. The fact that the Ur figurines were primarily female beings further associates these figures with the Nummo. Because they were found in graves, it suggests that the Ur figurines were religious in nature.Dorey Day of the Fish p. 23-24.
We know from the work of Marija Gimbutas, Joseph Campbell and others that the first civilized cultures on Earth practised a matriarchal religion. According to Campbell, those early matriarchal cultures, with their peaceful societies and worship of the Serpent, were eventually conquered by nomadic patriarchal warring tribes. These warring tribes, who created the traditions that have come down to us in Christianity, Judaism and the Greek and Roman myths, didn't like the fact that a female deity was worshipped in these cultures, so they reversed the symbols of the earlier religion. When this happened the Nummo became the devil and the single sexed male Jackal, who was evil in the Dogon religion, and initially symbolized by the moon, became the Sun God. Campbell called this period in history solarization.
And the celestial orb to which the monarch is now likened is no longer the silvery moon, which dies and is resurrected and is light yet also dark, but the golden sun, the blaze of which is eternal and before which shadows, demons, enemies, and ambiguities take flight. The new age of the Sun God has dawned, and there is to follow an extremely interesting, mythologically confusing development (known as solarization), whereby the entire symbolic system of the earlier age is to be reversed, with the moon and the lunar bull assigned to the mythic sphere of the female, and the lion, the solar principle, to the male.Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God Occidental Mythology, (Toronto, Penguin Books Canada Ltd. 1976.) p. 75.
The Dogon religion, which was still being practised in its oral form in the 1930s, was so ancient that the Nummo were still symbolized by the divine feminine and the Sun. The Jackal, who represented the evil in the Dogon religion, was still identified with males and the moon. The Jackal, who was described as having two serpent legs, differed in appearance from the Nummo who only had a fish tail.
This 1st to 2nd century amulet of the snake footed god depicts the Jackal as he was described by OgotemmÍli. The Jackal was symbolized by a rooster and a goat. On some other amulets of the same period he appears with a goatís head and on others with a roosterís head as he does on this particular amulet. The name of the Jewish God Yahweh is written beneath him showing how these earlier religious symbols were reversed by the patriarchal warring tribes to create Judaism. According to Joseph Campbell, this snake-footed god was identified as Iaw and was discovered on amulets worn by ďseveral Jews.Ē II Maccabees 12:32-45 tells us that ďwhen the bodies of several Jews who had died fighting for Yahweh were prepared for burial there was discovered on each Ďan amulet of the idols of Jamnia.íĒCampbell pp. 274-275
The Jackal as Yahweh 1st-2nd Century AmuletDay of the Fish pp. 164-165
Jamnia was an ancient city in central Israel. ďIts modern name is Yavne. A central city of Philistia, the Bible refers to its walls being destroyed by Uzziah. It was pillaged by Judas Maccabaeus and later rebuilt. In the last years before the sack of Jerusalem (A.D. 70), Jamnia became a great Jewish cultural center.Ēhttp://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Jamnia A dedication from Delos showed that in association with the cult at Jamnia all animals except goats could be sacrificed.Benjamin Isaac, The Near East Under Roman Rule, Selected Papers by Benjamin Isaac http://books.google.ca/books? id=jjcPG5UInzgC&pg= PA12&lpg=PA12&dq= idols+of+jamnia&source= bl&ots=dw6wBi Xm1Z&sig=3uFQ0Gdto9 SxxlOi4hueHQg GcE8 &hl=en&ei= dvIqTpWVHeyjsQKT85C 1Cw&sa=X&oi=book_ result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCkQ 6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=idols%20of%20jamnia&f=false
In the Dogon religion, the arks of the family homes were used either as a seat by turning them upside down or as a platter on which one put the sacrificial meat for the old men. The meat going into the Jackal's ark was supposed to be goat meat because this animal was associated with the Jackal. To consume the goat was to consume the Jackal himself. It was connected to a regeneration ritual and circumcision. In the Dogon religion it symbolized the hermaphroditic Nummo removing some of their DNA from humanity and turning all humans into single sexed beings. This was necessary to make sure that a creature like the Jackal would never been born on Earth again.Dorey, The Nummo p. 198 and Day of the Fish p. 165
The first experiment that was associated with the Jackal was known as the ďfirst word.Ē The word symbolized the experiment because it was only after the Earth animals DNA was combined with the Nummoís DNA that the animals were able to speak. The ten fibres brought down from the Nummos' world were described as a fibrous skirt placed over the Earth's genitalia. OgotemmÍli told Griaule that this was why "to be naked meant to be speechless." The "word" as a symbol for DNA is also significant because it relates to the fact that we use words to define things. A dog is partly defined by the letters, D, O, and G. A dolphin is defined by the letters, D, O, L, P, H, I, N. The letters spell different words, but they all come from the same alphabet. Likewise, different variations of DNA produce different animals, plants, and humans. They are all different, but they are connected by the fact that they derive from the same basic DNA. A genome is the entire genetic complement of a living organism. ďEvery organism possesses a genome that contains the biological information needed to construct and maintain a living example of that organism.ĒDorey, The Nummo p. 63-64. After the second experiment and the regeneration, the Jackalís word was never to be repeated on Earth again. This further associates him with the unspoken Name of the God of Judaism. According to OgotemmÍli, the Jackal was born alone and severed from the Nummoís spiritual essence and ďbecause of this he did more things than can be told.íDorey, The Master of Speech p. 19.
One of the things the Jackal did was to steal a Nummo spaceship and crash it into the Earth creating a worldwide devastation. In the Dogon religion, the ship and the Nummoís DNA were symbolized by stolen fire. The Nummosí spaceship was identified with a smithy probably because it was seen to emit fire. The Nummo were known as ďHeavenís SmithsĒ and it was in the smithy (ship) that all the seeds and DNA came down from the Nummosí world to be reproduced on Earth. The Jackalís crashing the ship into the Earth not only caused a terrible devastation similar to a nuclear holocaust but it caused the Nummosí DNA to spread across the Earth in an uncontrolled fashion. In the Dogon religion, the Jackal was identified with the Dogon word Yo which meant ďto enter like a thief to grab something.ĒDorey, The Nummo p.209.
Iao, is a form of the Tetragrammaton, the four Hebrew letters used to represent the unspoken Name of the God of Judaism.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anguipede Iao may have some ancient etymological association with the Dogon word Yo.
This story of the stolen fire appears in the Greek myth of Prometheus, which was discussed in detail in my first book, The Master of Speech. Parallels between the Prometheus myth and the Dogon religion are significant. My research points to the fragments of the stories about Prometheus as being later versions of the Dogon myth. The various Prometheus myths, like the Dogon stories, are associated with genetic engineering and our lost immortality. According to one version, Prometheus stole the fire from the workshop of Hephaistos, (the Greek Smith god) or from the hearth of the gods, on Mount Olympus. The Greek god Zeus retaliated and Pandora was created by Hephaistos to be given as a gift to Prometheus' brother Epimetheus. Prometheus had warned his brother not to accept gifts from Zeus but Epimetheus welcomed Pandora and her box (sometimes a jar or jug), from which issued "all the baneful cares of mankind." Afterwards the division between mortals and immortals was clearly apparent.Dorey, The Master of Speech, p. 190.
The Creation of Pandora by the Smith God HephaistosDorey, The Master of Speech, p. 191. Black-figured vase; from Lenormant-de Witte, źlite des monuments cāramographiques. 1844-58.
Pandora was identified with death and mortality in humans. Her role was similar to the Jackal, suggesting a sex reversal of the earlier story. In many of the Prometheus myths, she was the first woman whereas the Jackal was the first male in the Dogon religion. Greece was a patriarchal culture and the deity in the story was Zeus who was also male, whereas the Nummo were symbolized by the sacred feminine.
This Greek story is important as it relates to Dogon mythology and the creation of the Jackal as being the cause of the disorder at the beginning of humanity. Prometheus was also credited with having created humans out of lumps of clay. Carl Kerťnyi reported that sarcophagi in Rome were adorned with reliefs showing how Prometheus fashioned humans as small clay statues, upon which Athene breathed life. She bestowed souls on them by bringing butterflies. In Greek, the butterfly is a symbol of the "psyche," or soul. In the region of Phocis in Greece, visitors used to be shown great blocks of a stone that were said to smell like the human body. These stones were said to be left over from the clay of which Prometheus made humans. Kerťnyi said there were tales of how humans could arise or re-arise from these stones. According to OgotemmÍli, the first humans also had the ability to regenerate themselves when they became old. Stones were also involved in that creation process, which is described in detail in The Master of Speech.Dorey, The Master of Speech, p. 192.
The smithís hammer and anvil were important religious symbols in the Dogon religion. Together they symbolized the hermaphroditic Nummo. As OgotemmÍli told Griaule,
The hammer is the whole body of the Water Spirit, the male Great Nummo in heaven. Two of the opposite sides of his arms and the other two his back and chest. The cone-shaped handle is the serpentís tail in which the lower part of his body ends. The anvil is something like the implement reapers use; it is the female form of the hammer and represents the female Great Nummo.
The hammer has come down to us in the form of the Christian crucifixion cross but pictures of anvils, which represent the feminine aspect of the Nummo, rarely appear in combination with crosses and were likely eliminated by later patriarchal cultures. This picture from Codex Glazier, which is a 4th-5th century manuscript of the New Testament in Coptic, is a rare find. It contains text of the Book of Acts 1:1-15:3. The importance of this image is that it shows an anvil beneath a cross.Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 272.
Codex Glazier 4th-5th century manuscript Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 272. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ File:Codex_Glazier_2.JPG Public Domain
The hammer and anvil also appear on this Celtic Pictish stone found at Abernethy Village, Scotland, at the base of a round tower that was associated with similar Celtic towers found in Ireland. It is believed that the tower was built in the late eleventh century. Abernethy was a principal seat of the Celtic Pictish kingdom.Dorey, The Nummo, p. 13.
Hammer and Anvil©Robert Hill
An anvil was also mentioned by Robert de Boron, a French poet of the late 12th and early 13th centuries, best known for his poems on the Arthurian romances. According to Robert Graves, the Arthurian romances were based on religious and historical Celtic Welsh myths that had been rewritten by the Norman-French trouvŤres and Malory, who collected and collated them, and who had no knowledge of or interest in the historical and religious meaning of the myths they handled. In one version of the Arthurian story of the Sword in the Stone, Robert de Boron, reports that the sword Excaliber was in an anvil on top of a stone. This introduction of the anvil on top of a stone was also found in Robert's Merlin. "The sword symbolized justice, and the stone represented Christianity. By pulling the sword from the stone, Arthur was agreeing to pursue justice in the name of Christianity. Later writers would omit this connection as well as the anvil and portray the Sword in the Stone as a test arranged by Merlin to prove that Arthur was the true king." In the Dogon religion, the hammer was identified with the male aspect of the Nummo and the anvil with their female aspect. When the sword, which represented the male, was pulled from the stone, it symbolically represented the severing of the androgynous Nummos' genetic essence into single sexed beings. This symbolized the "third word" in the Dogon religion and represented the Nummo removing some of their DNA from humans. It was perceived as the hope for humanity in that humans would eventually evolve back into immortal and androgynous beings.Dorey, The Nummo, pp. 24-25.
Other themes found in the Arthurian romances relate to the Dogon religion. The Fisher King appeared in the first Grail story by Chretien de Troyes of the 12th century, where he was supposed to be crippled and spent most of his time fishing. The Nummoís tail prevented them from moving very quickly over land. Because they didnít have two legs like humans, they had a travelling device that looked like an iron sandal that was said to emit fire as it moved. In instances when the Nummo couldnít use their flying device, because it might scorch the Dogon fields, they were carried on the backs of humans. The Nummo were thus seen as ďcrippledĒ. Thus the characteristic of the Fisher King being crippled is an important detail, as it relates to the alien Nummo.Dorey, The Nummo, p. 22.
In Sir Thomas Maloryís, Le Morte DíArthur, it was the Fisher King who was the keeper of the Holy Grail. I believe the Fisher King symbolizes the fish-tailed Nummo. He was also associated with the wasteland, which symbolizes the Earth after the failed experiment. The name Nodens, which is associated with the Fisher King, was the Irish form of Nuada, which has been traced to the root nuta, meaning ďfisher.Ē Nodensí links with the sea are supported by a bronze plaque mosaic at Lydney Park in Gloucestershire, which shows Nodens with tritons surrounded by marine monsters and fish. (see below)Dorey, The Nummo, p. 23.
Nodens, the Fisher King and Tritons with HammersRutherford p. 165.
According to Robert Graves, Nimue was the foster-mother of Sir Lancelot and raised him beneath the murky waters of her lake. She was also responsible for creating the sword Excalibur. This work seems to reiterate her connection with the Nummo and the smithy. She was also known as the Lady of the Lake, and the White Serpent. The Nummo spaceship was sometimes parked under water and sometimes under the Earth. A variant of the name of the Lady of the Lake is Vivienne, which is related to the Celtic Vi-Vianna and is probably derived from Co-Vianna, a variant of the name of the Celtic water-goddess, Coventina. In one image, Coventina can be seen reclining on waves lapping against a bank, waving a water lily leaf in one hand and holding an overturned pitcher of flowing water in the other. The water lily was a symbol identified with the Nummo spaceship. In Sparta, Artemis was known as the "Lady of the Lake" in her association with Britomartis. In Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, the horsewoman who bursts into Arthur's court was called the "Lady of the Lake." The horse was likewise a symbol of the Nummo. The Dogon word in the Wazouba language for "horse" meant "power." The horse was also identified with the Nummos' spaceship or ark.Dorey, The Nummo, p. 17.
The horses that surround the cup of the Hogon, this is the image of the arkÖ.í This carousel also recalls the four horses on the ark that were released on the ground after its descent. The transformation of the Nummo and the moving of the ark are, analogously, compared to the rapid expansion of the beings on Earth, as depicted by the path of the horses to the four directions of space.Dorey, The Nummo, p. 83.
In the picture of Nodens from the mosaic at Lydney Park in Gloucestershire shown above, Nodens is shown with four horses. The tritons are also shown holding hammers, associating them with the Smith of the Dogon religion.
The Dogon believed the alien Nummo would one day return to Earth. It was the duty of the Hogon, their spiritual leader, to safeguard the Earth until that time. The day of the Nummos' return was known to the Dogon as the "Day of the Fish." The belief in the return of the Nummo is what Christians refer to as the Second Coming of Christ. Likewise, the British believed that King Arthur was immortal and would one day return to Britain. The Jews have also been awaiting their Messiah. The day of the Nummos' return was considered a positive event in the Dogon religion.Dorey, The Nummo,p. 25- 26. Some people believe that the Nummo may return in our lifetime. Demonizing them in movies like Prometheus will only create fear in the hearts of individuals who don't know anything about the Nummo. This could turn what should be a celebrated reunion, into a disaster.