The First Religion Day of the Fish: Introduction
The Dogon believed the alien Nummo would one day return to Earth.Germaine Dieterlen and Marcel Griaule, The Pale Fox. Translation to English by Stephen C. Infantino, Ph.D. (Paris, France 1965) Originally Published in French as Le renard pale by L’Institute d’Ethnologie. (Chino Valley, Arizona. Continuum Foundation. 1986.) p. 446. 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.”Griaule and Dieterlen p. 50.
My research shows the African Dogon religion to be the pagan mystery religion spoken about by the ancient Greeks, Celts, Romans, Egyptians and others, and which was thought to have been lost to humanity. I believe that this religion, still practised by the Dogon people in the 1930s and recorded by the anthropologists Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, is the most important historical source document we have left in the world. This document, which records an oral religion that comes from the beginning of human civilization, reveals the truth about our existence.
Most of us have spent a great deal of time searching for the truth. This is because we inherently know that there is something missing from our existence. The time I have spent studying the Dogon religion has made me realize just how much of the truth has been taken from us and how new realities have been manufactured that are widely believed in today. I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with George Orwell’s book 1984, but my research on the Dogon has reminded me of that book on more than one occasion. For those of you unfamiliar with the book, it is about a repressive, totalitarian regime that falsifies historical records in order to keep control over society. I believe our own reality of truth is much like that of the individuals living in Orwell’s book. The falsifying of our past has been an ongoing process and there have been many culprits along the way. One of the biggest is the Roman Catholic Church whose oppression of other beliefs has been occurring since 391 CE, when the worship of any religion but Christianity was made illegal in the Roman Empire. In my view the Dogon people have been the keepers of the truth, a truth that was stamped out in other areas by the Christian crusaders, the Inquisition, and the proselytizing of Jesuit priests around the world.
When I began researching the Dogon religion, I had no inkling of what I might be uncovering. When the reality of it became clearer, I felt as if someone had pulled the rug out from under me. It was as if everything I’d ever been told about history had been a disgraceful lie. This book is an exploration of human history and a journey of truth. It unravels the many lies that have been perpetuated against humanity throughout the ages. The Dogon religion is the only religion left in the world that tells us about the alien Nummo. Beings who were once at the base of human religion and at the core of human civilization. Beings who were almost completely stamped out of history and subsequently human consciousness.
According to the Dogon, the spiritually advanced Nummo were a race of fish-like hermaphrodites who came to Earth for the benefit of humanity. The amphibious Nummo, who were described by the Dogon people as being more female than male, were thought to have come from the Sirius star system. These immortal beings, who were identified with the sacred feminine, were the Goddesses that were loved and revered by the people of Old Europe. Demonized by later patriarchal cultures, the Dogon tell us that these beings were responsible for human creation and civilization.
The primary mystery that permeates the Dogon religion is genetics. I could never have understood or began to unravel the Dogon religion’s mystery without having some knowledge of genetics. I believe that this religion was deliberately designed this way by the Nummo so that it could be understood once the study of genetics had been discovered by humanity. The Nummo probably knew that once we finally understood this religion and realized how interwoven it was with the rest of human history, that we would know without a shadow of a doubt, that it was the truth. We would know that it had been created by a far more scientifically advanced species. A species who not only loved and cared about our future but who had put a great deal of time and effort into preserving the truth for us. To me this religion represents the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. It began with genetics and ends with genetics. The end however is simply the beginning and so we have come full circle and the circle is a symbol of immortality. I believe that it won’t be long before scientists here will be able to regenerate the human body, much like the immortal Nummo could do.
The Dogon believed that for humans to reach a complete state of knowledge, they had to understand all the signs and diagrams the Dogon taught in their religion. Once all these signs were understood, the truth would be revealed. The Dogon religion reiterates the dangers involved in genetic engineering. It tells us that the spiritual and physical are intertwined in DNA, and that genetics is something that should be explored with caution. It reveals that humans are connected to all forms of life, involving a vibration that ties us to each other and to the rest of the universe. It tells us that we need to rekindle our connection to that vibration so that we can renew our love of the Earth and all the plants, animals and other species that live on the planet. Until we are able to do that, we will never truly find the spirituality that has been lost to us.
When the French anthropologists, Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, began recording the Dogon religion in the 1930s, the Dogon were one of the last people in Africa to come under French rule. Prior to that time, the isolated Dogon had maintained their own beliefs and religious practices. The main reason that this religion has survived with the Dogon people is that they were living on the Cliffs of Bandiagara in Mali and were isolated from the rest of the world right up until the 1930s. Because the Dogon had been secluded, they were considered by the Europeans to be the most backward race in the whole region and the best example of “primitive savagery” known to the world. Muslim Africans also shared this view, as neither group could comprehend the Dogon traditions.Marcel Griaule, Conversations with Ogotemmęli. An Introduction to Dogon Religious Ideas. (London, England. Oxford University Press for the International African Institute. 1965. Originally published as Dieu d’Eau entretiens avec Ogotemmęli 1948.) p. 1.
This incomprehension is not surprising as the Dogon religion is so incredibly old that I believe it was created by the Nummo at a time when humanity was recovering from a cataclysm and had lost all of its former knowledge. It was the Nummo who had told the Dogon about the time before the flood. The story about the lost continent of Atlantis in Plato’s Timaeus was discussed in great detail in my first book, The Master of Speech, because of its similarities to events described by the Dogon. A world devastation before the flood, which is found in the ancient mythologies of many cultures, caused humans to lose their scientific knowledge. When the Dogon religion was created, humans were living in an oral culture as written language hadn’t yet been rediscovered. The Dogon were still living in this oral culture when their religion was recorded in the 1930s.
It is difficult for those of us who have spent the majority of our lives living in a written culture to relate to an oral culture. And what about those from the Facebook generation, who have spent their entire lives in a digital culture, how can they possibly get their heads around an oral culture? The digital culture and the oral culture are completely opposite to one another. In an oral culture memorizing details is the only way that a society can preserve ideas. As a consequence, only the most important information is memorized and retold. Compare that to a digital culture where every idea that ever existed is stored in some electronic memory bank somewhere. Such trivial details as brushing your teeth appear on people’s blogs and Facebook pages and are stored forever.
Because they weren’t able to write down information, people from oral cultures created techniques to help with memorization. What is remarkable is how complex some of the information is that was passed on using these techniques. Antithesis, which is putting opposite ideas into passages, was one way to aid with memory. By doing this one line would act as a memory trigger for the next line. Symbols, which are concrete objects or images that represent something other than what they visually appear to be, such as abstract ideas, were also used in oral cultures as a way of linking different stories and concepts together. Both symbolism and antithesis are found in this Dogon phrase used to describe the main difference between an oral and written culture. It tells us why the information found in the Dogon religion is so important.
When the crop is backward and thin, the ears are light and move with the slightest breath of wind. Thin crops are therefore full of sound. An abundant crop, on the other hand, is weighed down by the wind and bows itself in silence.Griaule, p.23
Grain is a consistent symbol throughout the Dogon religion and represents human “seed.” A crop therefore symbolizes a group of people. The light crop represents a less technical group of humans like the Dogon people in the 1930’s. The heavy crop, on the other hand, represents a more technically advanced group like the Europeans in the same time period. This phrase uses the antithesis of the thin, light crop that moves easily and is full of sound, in contrast to the heavy crop that is so weighed down that it bows itself in silence. In other words, a less technical culture, like an oral culture, is the light crop that has so little information in it that what is there is significant or full of sound. The European culture, on the other hand, even in the 1930’s was weighed down by so much information that it was difficult to identify what was important. The digital culture takes that information overload one step further. The end result is that the heavy crop bows itself in silence.
As another way to help with memorization, people in oral cultures used objects found in everyday life to create symbols. This is no doubt why grain was used as a key symbol for human “seed” in the Dogon religion. People in oral cultures also used metaphors as mnemonic aids. Metaphors imply comparisons between things that are different but which actually have similar characteristics. In this next Dogon phrase, a weather metaphor is used in conjunction with antithesis to describe the eventual discovery of the truth by humans.
What is left—which is unknown—will be known later to man [humans] and will change the world. It is said that this revelation will come slowly at first like a fog, then swiftly like the rain and the wind.Dieterlen and Griaule p. 449
When I first began studying the Dogon religion, it was like looking through a fog. I could see glimpses of important information but I couldn’t quite grasp their overall significance. As I studied and learned more about the symbols, I was able to compare them with other ancient religions and cultures. As the religion began to reveal itself to me, it happened swiftly like the rain and wind. It was as if whoever created both Dogon phrases knew that someday they would be read by some future generation and their significance would be understood. It was as if that very moment in time had been known since the beginning.
One of the most humorous lines I found while reading Griaule’s book on the Dogon religion, Conversations with Ogotemmęli, was when the Dogon elder Ogotemmęli told Griuale, “Africans are creatures of light emanating from the fullness of the sun, while Europeans are creatures of moonlight.” In the Dogon religion, the sun was a symbol of everything that was good, while the moon was a symbol of everything that was evil. I’m not sure Griaule would have included that line in his book, if he had really understood its symbolic significance.
Even though the world’s first religion only survived in fragmented pieces in other places of the world, the key symbols of this religion did survive and can be found everywhere. For instance, the symbols of the sun and moon are almost universally known. It is symbols like these that are our link with the truth and the very symbols on which the Dogon religion is based. It is these symbols that will guide you in your discovery of the truth, just as they guided me.
The Dogon had advanced knowledge of the solar system which was incorporated into various religious symbols and rituals. This advanced knowledge, they said, had been given to them by the Nummo. One of the key rituals in the religion was the Dogon Sigui festival which was linked to the white dwarf star, Sirius B. This star was only detected by modern astronomers in 1862. The star’s existence was first suspected in 1844 because of irregularities observed in the movement of Sirius A. Astronomers at the time determined that a second star must be causing the irregularity, and the star in question was finally detected in 1862. Even though Sirius B is invisible to the eye and so difficult to observe through a telescope that no photographs were taken of it until 1970,Shannon Dorey, The Mistress of Speech. (Victoria, B.C. Trafford Publishing. 2002 revised 2004 and 2010.) p. 10. the Dogon understood the star’s main properties in the 1930’s, and said it was small, heavy, and white. According to Griaule and Dieterlen, there was evidence that the Dogon had been practising the Sigui ritual associated with the white dwarf star since at least the 13th century. They determined this date based on Dogon kanaga masks found stored in a cave in Ibi in 1931. It was the Dogon custom to carve one of these masks for each Sigui ceremony held once every sixty years. At that time, there were nine masks intact and at least three others which had crumbled to dust. This would date the ceremonies back to the thirteenth century.Dieterlen and Griaule p. 14
The Dogon also talked about Sirius C to the anthropologists in the 1930s. Sirius C is a red dwarf star, which two modern French astronomers, Daniel Benest and J. L. Duvent, only discovered in 1995. These astronomers had detected a perturbation in the orbits of Sirius A and B that couldn’t be explained by any other means.http://www.new-civi.most.org.pl/millennium_matters/sphinxv.html Millennium Matters. Astronomy and Astrophysics, “Is Sirius a Triple Star?” 1995. This recent discovery substantiates the Dogon claim of receiving stellar knowledge from the Nummo.
As I mentioned earlier, when I was reading Conversations with Ogotemmęli, I noticed that the sun was consistently used as a symbol to represent the Nummo and everything that was good. After a while the moon came into play, and I started to realize that the moon symbolized everything evil in the religion. The symbol of the sun was therefore connected to the symbol of the moon. One symbol fed off the other as a way of reinforcing their symbolic meaning. The symbols in turn were related to other symbols, so in the end you were left with a giant network of interconnected symbols. The importance of this model is that it isn’t linear. It’s like a circle, and how do you establish a beginning and end point on a circle? You can’t. According to Ogotemmęli, the Nummo were immortal beings and I think that the structure of this religion provides us with a metaphor for immortality.
Humans create stories that have linear formations. They have a beginning and an end. This is indicative of our mortal perception of the universe. We are born, we live, and we die. Because the Nummo are immortal beings, they are still in existence today, just as they existed thousands of years ago, and just as they will still exist when we have long since turned to dust. Immortal beings live forever, which is difficult for us to understand.
There is a jellyfish known as the Turritopsis nutricula, which is identified as being biologically immortal.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortality “After becoming a sexually mature adult, the jelly fish can transform itself back into a child (the polyp stage) using a cell conversion process known as transdifferentiation.” (Transdifferentiation in biology takes place when a non-stem cell transforms into a different type of cell, or when an already differentiated stem cell creates cells outside its already established differentiation path.)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transdifferentiation By repeating the process it can essentially live forever.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortality
The Nummo were amphibious androgynous beings and perhaps they once regenerated themselves much like these jelly fish do. This was no longer the case by the time they came to Earth. Ogotemmęli indicated to Griaule that the Nummos’ world had been physically dying, which is why some of them came here. Perhaps they could no longer physically regenerate themselves. Even though the Nummo were immortal and more advanced spiritually than humans, they were like humans in the sense that their bodies physically lived and died. Unlike humans, however, who can’t remember from one life time to the next, the Nummo were always conscious and present. Ogotemmęli described life and death for the Nummo as being similar to a snake shedding its skin. Because their bodies lived and died, the Nummo still needed to be reborn in order to physically exist.
When the Nummo came to Earth they were looking for a new world to rejuvenate their species. There wasn’t any intelligent life on the planet when the Nummo first came here. It was their plan to genetically modify their bodies so that they could better adapt to living on the Earth. It is possible that they needed to be genetically tied to the Earth so they could spiritually connect with the plants and animals that existed here. According to Ogotemmęli, they combined their DNA with those of the animals, plants and other organisms that lived on the Earth. They assumed that their superior immortal essence would be transferred, through their DNA, to the new world they were creating. What the Dogon religion tells us is that their experiment failed. Nummo souls were lost to the Earth, and the experiment resulted in the birth of a single-sexed male being known as the Jackal.