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3. The Smith's Hammer and
the Place of the Witch
by Shannon Dorey

Artemis of Ephesus, Jastrow

The Merovingian bloodline was discussed in The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and in the Da Vinci Code fiction, where the Frankish royal family was supposed to be descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. My research in Day of the Fish reveals that the Merovingian bloodline is much older than the biblical Jesus and Mary Magdalene. It predates these myths by many thousands of years.

The ancestors of the Merovingians were connected with Arcadia's royal house, a Greek name that derives from Arkades, which means “People of the Bear.” Myths about the Greek goddess Artemis connect her to the symbol of the bear. Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. 1982. Corgi Books 1993 edition. p. 249. The Merovingians worshipped Artemis or her Gallic equivalent, known as Arduina, patron goddess of the Ardennes. "As late as 1304 statutes were still being promulgated by the Catholic Church forbidding worship of the heathen goddess." Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln. p. 250. According to the ancient Greeks, a goddess named Eurynome had a temple in Arcadia in a spot difficult to access. The temple was only open once a year. The cult image of her showed a woman with a fish’s tail and the inhabitants of the region believed her to be Artemis.Carl Kerényi. The God of the Greeks. (Harmondsworth, Middlesex. First published by Thames and Hudson in 1951. Published by Penguin Books. 1958.) p. 87.

My research ties the Merovingians to Dogon myths about the fish-tailed Nummo. Mérovée, the ancestor of the Merovingians, was reported to have been the child of a sea creature. Other myths about the Merovingians report that they were descended from aliens and were the offspring of "nephilim" or fallen angels.Dan Burstein. Secrets of the Code. The Unauthorized Guide To the Mysteries Behind the Da Vinci Code. (New York, NY. CDS, 2004.) p. 348. Because of their ancestry, Mérovée and his descendants were reputed to have supernatural powers and unnaturally long lives. The bloodline of Mérovée was also supposed to have had special qualities. Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. 1982. Corgi Books 1993 edition. p. 247.

Artemis’ (Diana’s) temple at Ephesus, an ancient Greek city located in the western part of Turkey, was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. Most Christians will know her from the Bible in Acts of the Apostles, when Ephesian metal smiths riot in her defence when they feel threatened by Paul’s preaching of Christianity, shouting ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!’ (Acts 19:28, KJV). Just as they had been in the Dogon culture, the metal smiths were likely religious figures in Ephesus.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 49. The image above, of Artemis from Ephesus, is one of several that show her with human feet and a fish tail. In this particular image her face and hands are painted black, which not only connects her with Africa but with the Smithy. In the Dogon religion, the Nummo were known as "Heaven's Smiths." The Nummo spaceship was associated with a Smithy because it was seen to emit fire. There were also strange sounds coming from the spaceship (Smithy), which were associated with creation and regeneration. The Smith crashing the hammer against a rock symbolized the Nummo bringing a divine note into human disorder. The spaceship was also known as a Celestial Granary, because it was in this structure that all of the DNA or seeds came down from the Nummos' world to be recreated on Earth.

My research indicates that Artemis is the same figure that was known to the Dogon people as the Mistress of Speech and the Seventh Ancestor. She was considered the hope for the world because her DNA represented the perfect combination of Nummo and human DNA. One part of her was mortal and human, and the other part was immortal and Nummo. On Artemis' body are images of horses, lions and dogs, important Dogon religious symbols.

Shugborough Coat of
Arms©Shannon Dorey Shugborough Then And Now, Staffordshire County Council. ©Earl of Lichfield

In the Dogon religion, the Nummo were described as being green fish tailed beings. They were symbolized by the horse and I believe the figure on the left of the Shugborough Coat Of Arms symbolizes the Nummo. The Nummo also had horns or casques like chameleons, and I believe that they likewise became identified with unicorns. The Nummo are likely the source of the phrase, "horse of god" that appeared in one of the ciphers associated with Rennes-le-Château and referred to in The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. In Egyptian mythology this figure was identified with Isis.

The lion in the Dogon religion symbolized Lébé, who was androgynous and born of the Seventh (the Mistress of Speech) and Eighth Ancestor. Both of these Ancestors were fish tailed hermaphrodites but associated with the sacred feminine. Lébé was considered the mother of all present day humans. The lion, who symbolized Lébé in the Dogon religion, appears on the right of the Shugborough coat of arms.

The black figure on the top of the Shugborough Coat Of Arms appears to be a dog with two serpent legs. This figure was known as the Jackal in the Dogon religion, and symbolized a single-sexed male. He represented the first failed experiment and humanity's separation from immortality and androgyny. When humans lost their immortality and their ability to reincarnate, a ritual related to the cult of the Sigui became associated with death in humanity. Because the Jackal was male, this society was primarily for male initiates. The Sigui ritual was held only once every sixty years because sixty was the number of the placenta of single sexed beings.Griaule and Dieterlen, The Pale Fox p. 349. The first failed experiment was symbolized by the Sirius star system with Sirius B, the white dwarf star, being identified with males and the Jackal.

Sirius B 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, the Dogon understood the star’s main properties in the 1930’s, and said it was small, heavy, and white. They said they had received this knowledge from the Nummo. According to the anthropologists 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. Dorey, Day of the Fish p.6

Dogon Kanaga Mask, Mali late
18th-early 19thC ©Robert Hill©Robert Hill Kanaga Mask from Mali, The Cliffs of Bandiagara. Dated to the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. au musée du quai Branly

Based on my research, the Masonic society evolved from the Dogon Sigui society. This male society was identified with the Jackal and Smith characters from the Dogon religion, who were earlier versions of the Greek Hermes and the Egyptian Anubis. In the Dogon religion, the cock was a symbol of the Jackal; the word was also used as a nickname for medieval and Renaissance-era masons. Journeymen also used the term “foxes” for aspirants to their ranks.The Secret History of Freemasonry, Paul Nadon, translated by Jon Graham. Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont. 2005 p.136 In the Dogon religion, the Jackal was also known as the “pale fox.” I believe the Smith’s hammer was replaced with the Masonic hammer. My research indicates that this early religion, which was known across Europe at one time, evolved from the Dogon religion, which was the purest form of this religion. The Dogon had knowledge of DNA and in the Dogon religion the two "V's", which later became associated with the Masonic Society, represented dual chromosomes and were said to be "Amma forming two points." The black and white chequered blanket, known as the pall of the dead in the Dogon religion, is another symbol used by the Masons. In the Dogon religion, the pall represented humans after they were divided into single sexed beings.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech p.72. The Nummo soul was said to still exist in humans as the unconscious. The white square on the pall of the dead represented consciousness and the first soul, and the black square represented the unconscious and the second soul.Griaule p. 79“ The language of the Sigui society symbolized the defective DNA or “word.” The Sigi so, or “language of the Sigui,” which was identified with the failed experiment was considered a poor language and only contained a quarter of the vocabulary of the primary Dogon language, called, Dogo so, or “Dogon Word Language.” Sigui dignitaries used the Sigui language to tell the story of the creation of the universe, of human life, and of the advent of death on Earth. They did this during funeral ceremonies and the rites of the “end of mourning,” dama. The symbolism related to the Sigi so language clearly reveals the defective DNA or defective "word". Shannon Dorey, The Nummo p.66.

The result of the Philalethan Congress held in Paris from 1785 to 1787 also tends to support my research connecting the Dogon religion with the Masonic Society. “This meeting called upon eminent Freemasons from all lands and all rites to convene ‘to discuss and clarify the most essential points of the doctrine, the origin, and the historical affiliation of the true Masonic science.’” These individuals brought their diverse opinions with them and the “resulting understanding generally agreed upon was that Freemasonry was the ‘original religion’.” According to those who met at the Congress, this religion was handed down from various sources including individuals such as King Arthur, the Gnostics, the Templars, Pythagoras, Plato, the Rosicrucians and Hermes Trismegistus, just to mention a few. All of these individuals have been discussed in my books and articles.

I believe that this early pagan religion was once practised by the Cathars, Albigensians and other groups across Europe. The Cathars were so-called heretics who were almost exterminated during the Albigensian Crusade of 1209, when the Church of Rome called for crusaders to attack Languedoc in the south of France.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p.232. For more information of this refer to my previous article on the Stuarts, Shugborough and Rennes-le-Château. This area of France was one of the most advanced cultural centres of Europe at the time and “the extermination was so extensive it constituted one of the first genocides in modern European history.’”Dan Sewell Ward The Albigensian Crusade

There is evidence that there were still followers of this religion in Europe right up until the Inquisition and the Witch Trials. While the earliest witch trial occurred in 1324, the peak of the witch hunt was between 1580 and 1630 and the last known trial occurred in 1782. My research would tend to support Margaret Murray’s premise that the consistency of the stories from those convicted of witchcraft were evidence of this wide-spread pre-Christian religion. According to Murray, "the feminine form of the name, Diana [Artemis], is found throughout Western Europe as the name of the female deity or leader of the so-called Witches, and it is for this reason that I have called this ancient religion the Dianic cult."
Through my research, I have connected the Greek goddess Artemis (Roman Diana) with the Master [Mistress] of Speech from the Dogon religion.Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 244-256 Shugborough means "the place of the Witch." The General Manager of Shugborough, Richard Kemp, reported that Shugborough has one of the most intense concentrations of UFO sightings in the country. This is important in relation to the alien Nummo and their association with Shugborough and the Merovingians. According to Murray, many of the women convicted of witchcraft, "went to their deaths unrepentantly insisting that their faith was the true religion and Christianity was false." My research indicates that the Dogon religion, which is associated with the pre-Christian religion, was likely the source of Christianity, supporting the claims of those who were murdered by the Inquisition.

The Malleus Maleficarum (Latin for The Hammer of Witches), which was written by James Sprenger and Henry Kramer and which remained in use for 300 years, had tremendous influence in the witch trials in England and on the continent. Written in Latin in 1486, it was the best known of the witch hunters’ manuals. The Malleus proposed “evidence of a wide-spread subterranean pagan tradition which worshiped a pre-Christian horned deity.“ The Nummo were described as having a horn or casque on top of their heads and I associate this horned deity with the Nummo. My research reveals that the Hammer of the Witches was the Hammer of the Smithy and associated with the Nummos' spaceship and genetic engineering. It is because of their association with the immortal Nummo that the followers of the pagan religion were almost completely exterminated by the Church. This once great religion has almost been completely obliterated from history and memory. Even today modern historians disagree with Margaret Murray’s assumption of evidence of a wide-spread pre-Christian religion existing in Europe. Based on historical research, I am confident that this religion did exist and it is the same religion that was practised by the Dogon people right up until the 1930s, when they were first encountered by the French. Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 244-256 The Dogon religion is ancient and in Day of the Fish, I identify the Nummo with the goddesses that were worshipped and revered by the people of Old Europe. This is the oldest religion in the world and it only survived with the Dogon people because they were isolated from the rest of the world.