November 29, Nummo in Christianity and Judaism
Early Christian Earthenware LampRobert Eisler, Orpheus -the Fisher, COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN ORPHIC AND EARLY CHRISTIAN CULT SYMBOLISM, Womens Printing Society Ltd. J. M. Watkins, Plate XLVII.
The association of the fish-like Nummo with salvation is evident in many ancient religions. Early Christians and Jews clothed themselves in fish-skins to create the illusion of immortality. On this early Christian earthenware lamp found in the Museum of Marseilles the soul has put on the fish as a garment.
According to Austrian Jewish historian and Biblical scholar, Robert Eisler (1882-1949), "by putting on their mystically fish-shaped divinity, just as certain Greek and Assyrian worshippers of the fish-god clothe themselves with fish-skins, the Christian neophytes equally believe themselves to be symbolically transformed into fishes by the baptismal immersion.
He further points out that Jewish Kabbalists believed that when they died, the souls of the righteous were clothed after their departure in the skin or covering of a fish.Robert Eisler, Orpheus -the Fisher, COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN ORPHIC AND EARLY CHRISTIAN CULT SYMBOLISM, Womens Printing Society Ltd. J. M. Watkins, London 1921. pp. 73-74.
In The Master (Mistress) of Speech, I associate the primarily female, hermaphroditic Master (Mistress) of Speech, who was also known as the Seventh Ancestor, with Christ. The androgynous Master (Mistress) of Speech, who was half fish and half human, was regarded as the saviour of humanity. In the Dogon religion, humans were enlightened through their genetic association with the fish-tailed Nummo.
In an effort to explain to the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule, the significance of the Master (Mistress) of Speech, Ogotemmêli is quoted as saying.
The seventh Nummo, went on Ogotemmêli as though talking to himself, sacrificed himself [herself]. He [She] alone could do it, he [she] the Master (Mistress) of Speech, which is to say the master of the world. Without him [her] no reorganization was possible. He [She] might say he [she] did not say it, but he [she] might have said What I did, the work that I accomplished and the Word that I spoke, is: ku ma inné déga da bébadou, which means, My head has fallen for mans [humanitys] salvation.Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p.132
The fish has long been a popular Christian symbol, which suggests the Master (Mistress) of Speech, a figure who according to my research predates Christianity, probably influenced the later Christian myth. Even though the Dogon religion was written down in 1946, it is an oral mythology that is ancient.Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 115
Yin and Yang SymbolBy Gregory Maxwell - From Image:Yin_yang.png, converted to SVG by Gregory Maxwell., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=364239
Lébés birth was supposed to provide the perfect balance of human and Nummo DNA in humanity. This duality or balance was associated with humans eventually regaining their androgynous fish or Nummo form, and their immortality.Shannon Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech pp. 81-82. This understanding about balance appears in the Chinese Yin-Yang or Taijitu symbol of Taoism, with black representing yin and white representing yang. In the symbol, we see two fish-shaped objects, one black and one white, with the opposing circular colours depicting the eyes.
In Classical Chinese, yin is associated with the moon Tàiyin, and yang with the sun Tàiyáng.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang In the Dogon religion, the Nummo were symbolized by the sun, and humans with the moon. This was associated with the loss of our second sun, which affected our DNA and was ultimately responsible for humans becoming single-sexed beings.Shannon Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p. 40. Because the moon was created at the same time that our second sun was lost, it became a symbol of the lost sun. The Yang and Yin depicted in the Tao symbol is believed to form the basis of the cosmos.Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Copyright 1949. Princeton University Press. 1973. p. 52.
The Dogon associated this cosmic balance with a binary or dual star system, which is missing from our Solar System. This is in agreement with what modern astrophysicists have discovered in that our sun is an anomaly in the Universe. According to NASA, our sun is unusual in that it is alone as most stars do occur in multiple or binary star systems. The majority of stars form in twos, and stay paired, kept in place by the force of each others gravity.
It was this duality that the Dogon identified with immortality. It is because we only have one sun in our solar system that the Dogon considered humans mortal.Shannon Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p. 11.
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang yinyáng, lit. dark-bright, negative-positive, describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang The Yin-Yang symbol reflects "the inescapable intertwined duality of all things in nature, which is also a common theme in Taoism." "No quality is independent of its opposite, nor so pure that it does not contain its opposite in a diminished form "By Gregory Maxwell - From Image:Yin_yang.png, converted to SVG by Gregory Maxwell., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=364239
According to the Dogon, we are still twinned with the Nummo but our communication with them exists on a deeply spiritual level through symbols found in the unconscious.
Khidr also named The Green OneKept in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khidr#/media/File:Khizr.JPG
In Islam, there is the story of the Muslim sage Khidr, who was known as the "Green One". I referred to Khidr in my first book, The Master (Mistress) of Speech because he was green, immortal and could predict the future like the Nummo.Shannon Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech pp. 139-140. He is shown above from a Mughal era manuscript miniature standing on a fish in the ocean, which is of course relative to the Dogon Nummo, who were green aquatic beings. This picture is part of the Small Clive Album of Indian miniatures, thought to have been given by Shuja ud-Daula, the Nawab of Avadh, to Lord Clive during his last visit to India in 1765-67.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khidr#/media/File:Khizr.JPG
In the tale in the Koran, Moses meets Khidr (the Green One or first angel of God) in the desert. They wander along together and Khidr expresses his fear that Moses will not be able to witness his deeds without indignation. If Moses cannot bear with him and trust him, Khidr will have to leave. Khidr of course proceeds to do things that Moses finds evil. This is because Khidr can see future events that Moses can't see our understand. The story of Khidr, the Green One, from the Koran may represent a human misunderstanding of the Nummo. Throughout the Dogon religion, there is the sense that the Nummo had to leave the Earth so that humans could come to terms with the truth on their own.Shannon Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech pp. 139-140.
"There are reports from al-Bayhaqi that Khidr was present at the funeral of Muhammad. Al-Khidr's appearance at Muhammad's funeral is related as follows: A powerful-looking, fine-featured, handsome man with a white beard came leaping over the backs of the people till he reached where the sacred body lay. Weeping bitterly, he turned toward the Companions and paid his condolences. Ali said that he was Khidr."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khidr (Ibn al-Jazari, 1994, p. 228)
DagonShannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 58
In the mythology of Canaan (the Ancient Near East) and Syria, we have references to the fish god Dagon (above left), who I also associate with the Nummo in Day of the Fish.
Dagon carries a garland of hearts as he swims through the sea surrounded by dolphins. Dagons breasts and beard reveal his androgynous nature, associating him with the Eight Nummo Ancestors, who were part Nummo and human, and had a human upper body and fishtailed lower body. The name Dagon was first mentioned in Mari texts, and is from Amorite names in Syria and Canaan dating to about 2500 BCE. In various ancient languages, the name Dagon means grain. Grain is a very important symbol in the Dogon religion. ...The Dogon believed that all the seeds or DNA came down from heaven in the Nummo spaceship, which was the Celestial Granary. Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 343-344
The Dome of al-Khadr (also spelled Khidr)
Qubbat al-Khadr, Temple Mount,
Old City of Jerusalem
by Andrew Shiva.CC BY-SA 4.0https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khidr#/media/File:Israel-2013-Jerusalem-Temple_Mount-Dome_of_Al-Khidr_02.jpg by Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia
Notice the end of Dagon's tail. It appears in the design on the top of the Dome of Al-Khadr (also spelled Khidr) at Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem shown above. For more information on the existence of the Nummo in other world religions refer to my books, which can be purchased as PDFS or books.
Dragon Hill By FrasmaconDragon Hill taken from the Uffington White Horse
By Frasmacon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Because the Nummo had a fish or serpent like tail instead of two feet like humans, they had trouble moving about on land. They had a device that the Dogon described as an iron sandal that emitted fire and allowed them to fly.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech, p. 23 Because the Nummo were aquatic beings, they may have had fish scales as some ancient depictions associated with them seem to suggest. Because their travelling device emitted fire, I believe that when they were flying they became associated with the mythical dragon.
We find the Nummo/dragon association in both Celtic and Chinese mythology.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 190-199 I believe that the Nummos' flying device may have been associated with Dragon Hill, a natural chalk hill with an artificial flat-top situated in Oxfordshire below the White Horse of Uffington. My research has shown a close connection between the Dogon religion and the Celtic beliefs of Europe, indicating they may have been the same religion.
A bare patch of chalk is found on top of Dragon Hill where no grass will grow.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Hill,_Uffington Because of this, I believe this hill may have acted as a resting pad for the Nummos' travelling device. In the Dogon village, a field was left unseeded for the Nummos flying device. This is because the device affected the villagers crops. Ogotemmêli said the Nummos device could not move out of the reserved territory because it would scorch the millet and the village itself. Instead of using their flying devices, in areas where there were crops growing, the Nummo had to be carried on the backs of humans.
There was some suggestion the device was made of iron to protect the land from the flames it emitted. According to Ogotemmêli, iron was the colour of shade, and the sandal the Serpent wore to move about was made of iron because iron protected the soil from feet of fire.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech, pp. 22-23 I believe that this fire may be how the Nummo became identified with fire breathing dragons.
A later legend associated with Dragon Hill, probably originating in Christianity, reported that it was on this summit that Saint George slew the dragon, and the area where nothing grows is purported to be where the dragon's blood spilled.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Hill,_Uffington
It was suggested that the area is some sort of Iron Age ritual site associated with the nearby White Horse of Uffington. Besides the symbol of the mermaid, the Eight Nummo Ancestors were associated with centaurs especially in assocation with the smithy, which had important religious significance in the Dogon religion. Waylands Smithy is also located in the same area of Oxfordshire, which is important because the Nummo were known as Heavens Smiths".Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech, p. 23
In the Celtic Hallstatt Culture, the Smith was identified as a dangerous wizard. According to Joseph Campbell, the Hallstatt Culture, which occupied what is now modern Germany around 900 BCE, was characterized by a gradual introduction of iron tools fashioned by a class of itinerant smiths, who in later mythic lore appear as dangerous wizards. An example can be found in the German legend of Wayland the Smith.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 7 Wayland (also Weyland, Weland, Volund, and Volundr) was the traditional Saxon god of smiths. Many places in the British Isles were associated with him, in particular Waylands Smithy, the Neolithic burial chamber in Oxfordshire located near Swindon and Ashbury. Saxon settlers, believing it to have been made by the smith god, named the tomb Waylands Smithy. Later, a legend grew that Wayland would re-shoe the horse of any passing traveller who left a silver penny beside the tomb.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 23 For more information on this area of England and the significance of the mounds to the Dogon religion refer to this article comparing the Chalk Mounds in England with those in the US..
Close-up of Dragon Hill ©Robert Hill©Robert Hill
Wayland's Smithy©Robert HillShannon Dorey, The Nummo p. 8
A later legend associated with Dragon Hill, probably originating in Christianity, reported that it was on this summit that Saint George slew the dragon, and the area where nothing grows is purported to be where the dragon's blood spilled.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Hill,_Uffington
It was suggested that the area is some sort of Iron Age ritual site associated with the nearby White Horse of Uffington. Besides the symbol of the mermaid, the Eight Nummo Ancestors were associated with centaurs especially in assocation with the smithy, which had important religious significance in the Dogon religion. Waylands Smithy is also located in the same area of Oxfordshire, which is important because the Nummo were known as Heavens Smiths".Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech, p. 23
In the Celtic Hallstatt Culture, the Smith was identified as a dangerous wizard. According to Joseph Campbell, the Hallstatt Culture, which occupied what is now modern Germany around 900 BCE, was characterized by a gradual introduction of iron tools fashioned by a class of itinerant smiths, who in later mythic lore appear as dangerous wizards. An example can be found in the German legend of Wayland the Smith.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 7
Wayland (also Weyland, Weland, Volund, and Volundr) was the traditional Saxon god of smiths. Many places in the British Isles were associated with him, in particular Waylands Smithy, the Neolithic burial chamber in Oxfordshire located near Swindon and Ashbury. Saxon settlers, believing it to have been made by the smith god, named the tomb Waylands Smithy. Later, a legend grew that Wayland would re-shoe the horse of any passing traveller who left a silver penny beside the tomb.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 23
For more information on this area of England and the significance of the mounds to the Dogon religion refer to this article comparing the Chalk Mounds in England with those in the US..
Manatee Mississippi ValleySquire and Davis Figure 154
Seven stone carvings of manatees, which were described as being religious in nature, were taken from the mounds of the Mississippi Valley. In the Dogon religion, the Nummo were associated with the manatee, which has a cow shaped nose. In Masques Dogons (1938), Griaule pointed out that the word Nummo (also Nommo) meant manatee. In other West African cultures, the manatee was associated with mermaids. The Eight Nummo Ancestors, who were part human and part Nummo, were described as being like mermaids with a fish-tailed lower body and a human upper body. I believe that in those cultures, the manatee symbolized the Eight Ancestors, or possibly the Seventh Ancestor, who was the Mistress of Speech and the Christ or sacrificial figure in the Dogon religion. In West African cultures, manatees were considered sacred and thought to have once been human. Killing manatees was taboo and required penance. The individuals who created these North American Indigenous carvings probably believed in the same mythology as the Dogon and other West African Indigenous Peoples.Dorey, Day of the Fish (Revision 2017) p. 40
South American Indigenous Peoples must have regarded the Manatee in a similar fashion. Once Catholicism entered the South American Indigenous cultures, the observance of Lent came with it. Lent leads up to the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is important to note that the Mistress of Speech was resurrected on the fifth day of the week, which is probably where the observance of Good Friday originated. During Lent the Manatee was in great demand in South American Indigenous cultures. The fat from the Manatees was used in the lamps of the churches and the hide was cut into slips to supply cordage.Dorey, Day of the Fish (Revision 2017) p. 257
During one of the European fire ceremonies held on the first Sunday in Lent, the effigy being burned was named grandmother. In the Dogon religion, the Mistress of Speechs trunk or womb was known as belly of the grandmother. An Olmec were-jaguar statue at La Venta Park in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico is known as The Grandmother La Abuelita.
Mastodons were also found amongst the stone carvings in the mounds suggesting that these carvings of the manatees date to the time of the Mastodon. Fossil evidence indicates that mastodons probably disappeared from North America about 10,500 years ago, as part of a mass extinction of most of the Pleistocene megafauna that is widely presumed to have been a result of human hunting pressure.
The Celtic religion has many parallels with the Dogon religion suggesting a common belief system. My research reveals that these beliefs once stretched from the United Kingdom to China, Japan, Turkey and into the Americas. (Refer to The Nummo for other Dogon and Celtic similarities found in Mexico.)The Celtic and Dogon finds in the Americas indicate that Indigenous Peoples practised this ancient religion, which seem to have been a combination of Celtic and Dogon beliefs, before they were isolated from the rest of the World at the height of the last ice age or Last Glacial Maximum. These findings support my research that the Celtic and Dogon religions were the earliest religions on Earth and that they were closely linked and well established before this separation took place.Dorey, Day of the Fish (Revision 2017) p. 11 For more information on these things refer to the revised edition of Day of the Fish. A sample chapter can be found at The First Religion.
Constellation Virgo c. 1825https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgo_ (constellation)#/media/File:Sidney_Hall_-_Urania% 27s_Mirror_-_Virgo.jpg Virgo as depicted in Urania's Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c.1825.
Virgo is the largest constellation of the zodiac, and Spica, Alpha Virginis, is a Blue Giant and the brightest star in the constellation. Spica was associated with Easter because it shone the brightest of the stars in the constellation Virgo during the festival.
The fixed star Spica, known as the Ear of Corn in the hand of the celestial Virgin, predominates early images of the constellation Virgo. Historians link her [Constellation Virgo] with Isis, the goddess who also clasps to her body either wheat-ears or the young Horus child. Occultists recognized this pagan image as a prototype for the later image of the Marian virgin image, in which the Ear of Corn was transformed into the Child.who is, of course, the Bread of the Eucharist. Some mediaeval images of Maria even showed her with ears of corn scattered over her dress The sigil for Spica was graphically linked to the sigil for Pisces and with the ancient Egyptian sigil for god, a circle with a dot in the centre, which was also a symbol of the Sun.Dorey, The Rose p. 251
The two main stars that have become identified with the star Spica, are so close together that they are egg-shaped rather than spherical, and can only be separated by their spectrum. This is interesting considering their association with Easter. The two stars orbit about each other every four days. Four was an important number in the Dogon religion and was associated with the divine feminine.Dorey, The Rose p. 252 The main star of the two stars is the nearest star to the Sun that has enough mass to end its life in a Type II supernova explosion. I believe this blue star may have been the star the Dogon identified as Pelu and which they associated with the eventual regeneration of the Solar System.Dorey, The Rose p. 251 The Dogon believed the star Pelu would provide us with our second Sun and restore androgyny and immortality to the Earth and humanity.Dorey, The Rose p. 252
The Constellation Virgo is also linked to Dike (Justitia), the Greek goddess of justice. One of her epithets was Astraea, referring to her appearance as the constellation Virgo. According to legend, Astraea will one day come back to Earth, bringing with her the return of the utopian Golden Age of which she was the ambassador.Dorey, The Rose p. 253
The Hopi, Indigenous People of Arizona, also refer to a blue star. "In Frank Waters's writings on Hopi mythology, the Blue Star Kachina or Saquasohuh, is a kachina or spirit, that will signify the coming of the beginning of the new world by appearing in the form of a blue star. The Blue Star Kachina is said to be the ninth and final sign before the "Day of Purification", described as a catastrophe or a "world engulfing cataclysm" that will lead to the purification of planet Earth."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopi
Flag of State of ParáPublic Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=575965
A blue star also represents Spica on the flag of the Brazilian state of Pará.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spica These associations are important because many Dogon symbols and myths appear in the cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. In my books, I associate the Nummo with myths about Virgin goddesses because they were described as being self-fertilizing hermaphrodites. The Dogon people associated the Nummo with the divine feminine and they were symbolized by the Sun.
Parable of the Sower Photo by Wolfgang Sauberhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File :Aldersbach_Pfarrkirche_-_Kanzel_2f_S%C3%A4mann.jpg
Aldersbach abbey (Lower Bavaria) One of the
cultural monuments of Bayern.
Mary Assumption parish church:
Rococo pulpit (1748) by Joseph Deutschmann
- Parable of the sower.
Photo by Wolfgang Sauber
In Day of the Fish, I describe the ancient fire ceremonies that occurred across Europe as being associated with the Dogon myths about the stolen fire. Once Christianity began to replace the pagan religion, an interesting aspect of the fire ceremonies was that the parable of the Wicked Sower was linked to them. In the Dogon religion, the stolen fire was a symbol of DNA and associated with the failed genetic experiment on Earth. The theme of the parable of the Wicked Sower, which likely came from the pagan religion, is associated with the Dogon religion, where grain was a symbol of human seed, DNA and "the Word."Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp.221- 223. We see this in Christianity as well where the sower sows "The Word". For more information on this refer to my article on the Wicked Sower and DNA.
Russian Matryoska Dolls By FanghongBy No machine-readable author provided. Fanghong assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69399
A matryoshka doll, also known as a Russian nesting doll, is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. The name "matryoshka", literally "little matron", is a diminutive form of Russian female first name "Matryona" or "Matriosha".https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll I believe these dolls developed from the Dogon nesting concept of a red giant star, which was associated with the divine feminine in the Dogon religion. The Dogon believed that the output of the first supernova created from the first red giant star formed the basis for the one that followed it. It then formed the basis for the one that followed it and so on. In this way life in the Universe was constantly regenerating and replicating itself. In my book The Rose, I describe how these red giant stars became identified with the symbol of the rose in Europe. On these dolls, we see an association with the feminine and the symbol of the rose.
Nesting of Opened Matryoshka Dolls By BrokenSphereBy BrokenSphere - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3773186
This is a set of matryoshkas consisting of a wooden figure, which separates top from bottom to reveal a smaller figure of the same sort inside, which has, in turn, another figure inside of it, and so on. This set reveals the smallest doll in a set of floral-themed matryoshkas nested in the lower halves of the bodies of the larger dolls. Matryoshka dolls are often referred to as "babushka dolls", babushka meaning "grandmother" or "elderly woman".https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll
"The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin, designed by Sergey Malyutin who was a folk crafts painter in the Abramtsevo estate of Savva Mamontov".... Malyutin's doll set consisted of eight dollsthe outermost was a girl in a traditional dress holding a rooster. The inner dolls were girls and a boy, and the innermost a baby."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll
The rooster is an important symbol in the Dogon religion and associated with the Jackal and the failed experiment. The eight dolls also likely symbolize the Eight Nummo Ancestors.
"Zvyozdochkin and Malyutin were inspired by a doll from Honshu, the main island of Japan. This is important because there are many associations between Celtic Ireland and the ancient Jomon of Japan, which is discussed in Day of the Fish. My research reveals that the Celtic cultures of Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland are very similar to the Dogon religion and may have even been one in the same religion. Sources differ in descriptions of the original Russian nesting doll, describing it as either a round, hollow daruma doll, portraying a bald old Buddhist monk, or a Seven Lucky Gods nesting doll."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll The Daruma's traditional red colouring was thought to have come from the color of priest's robes. Since Daruma was the founder of the Zen Sect, it was concluded that he must have worn a red robe.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll In the Dogon religion, the red colour was associated with a red giant star (a pregnant Sun) that exploded as a supernova to give birth to the Universe. The Mistress of Speech was associated with the second red giant star and she was known as the Seventh Ancestor.
In Japan, Daruma's facial hair was a symbolic representation of animals known for their longevity including the crane and the tortoise. Originally there was a snake or dragon depicted in the facial hair but this was changed to match the Japanese proverb "The crane lives 1000 years, the tortoise 10,000 years".https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll
The reference to the tortoise and snake are important. The tortoise was a symbol of the Sun in the Dogon religion, which was also a symbol of the Nummo, who were described as being snake or serpent like. My research in The Nummo reveals that the dragon became a symbol of the Nummo in China and other cultures. Storks and Cranes also appear in other cultures in association with the Nummo.
In Japan at the end of the year, all the Daruma were brought back to the temple for a traditional ceremony where they were all burnt together. "After a solemn display of the monks' entry, reading of the sutras and blowing of horns, the tens of thousands of figurines are then set aflame."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll
This is important because when a red giant star expands into space it burns up and absorbs all the stars and planets in its path. The ceremony celebrating the explosion of a red giant star was associated with the blowing of the Hogon's horn in the Dogon religion. It was associated with a supernova explosion and is described in this article on Supernovas and Nesting in the Dogon Cosmos.
My research in The Rose reveals that red giants stars were the creatrix's of the Universe and originally associated with the divine feminine, which was reversed by later patriarchal cultures. This may have also occurred in Japan. "H. Neill McFarland, Professor of Theology, discusses the feminine representations of Bodhidharma in his article Feminine Motifs in Bodhidharma Symbology in Japan."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll
In the Dogon culture, various children's games were played to imitate what went on cosmically.
This may have been the same case in Japan.
Daruma Otoshi is a traditional game played with a daruma doll in five pieces, usually in the colors of the rainbow, from top to bottom: head a man's face, blue, green, yellow, red. The game is played by using a small hammer to hit each of the colored pieces, from bottom to the top, without letting the pieces fall during the game.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll
The Smith's hammer was an important symbol in the Dogon religion. It was in the hammer that all the seeds came down from heaven in the Celestial Granary, which was also the Celestial Smithy. The rainbow was as equally important a symbol and associated with the Nummo and the Sun. The rainbow in this game might be identifying a nebula. In the Dogon religion, the Smithy was a symbol of a blackhole, which is described in The Rose.
To understand how nesting was associated with supernovas and the creation of life in the Universe read my article about Supernovas and Nesting in the Dogon Cosmos. To learn more about Dogon star knowledge in general read The Rose, which can be purchased at right.
Rose window from Angers France By Chiswick ChapBy Chiswick Chap - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27723605
My research in The Rose reveals that in the pre-Christian religions of Europe, red giant stars were symbolized by roses. The rose windows that you see in ancient cathedrals, such as this one from the Saint Maurice Cathedral of Angers, France, symbolize a red giant star destroying and regenerating the world. In the Dogon religion, red giant stars were identified as pregnant Suns and associated with the divine feminine because they gave birth to a new world.The Rose pp. 405-407 In the 13th century in the region of Paris, the litanies called the Virgin Mary, "Mystical Rose". In the Middle Ages for the May dances young girls chose a knight whom they crowned with a "rosary of roses"."The feast of roses" Notre-Dame in Paris p. 24 The Rosary (Latin: rosarium, in the sense of "crown of roses" or "garland of roses"), is a string of prayer beads used to count prayers arranged in sets of ten Hail Marys with each set preceded by one Lord's Prayer and followed by one Glory Be. For over four centuries, the rosary was promoted by several popes as part of the veneration of Mary in Roman Catholicism.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosary Not surprising early rosaries were made from the seeds of the "rosary pea" or "bead tree", which are both red seeds. Today, the vast majority of rosary beads are made of glass, plastic, or wood.
The Saint Maurice Cathedral of Angers (French:Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers) is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Angers in France. Built between the 11th and 16th Centuries, It was classified in 1862 as a national monument of France for its mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles.The Rose pp.405-406 This Christianized image of the South Rose Window shows Christ of the Apocalypse in the centre with the elders and the Zodiac, and is dated 1451. Christ's association with the Apocalypse in this rose window is important because if a red giant star explodes as a supernova near our area of space, it will be the end of the world as we know it.The Rose pp. 405-40
In the Book of Revelation (Greek: Apokalypsis Ioannou literally, John's Revelation), the last book of the New Testament, the revelation which John receives is that of the ultimate victory of good over evil and the end of the present age, and that is the primary meaning of the term, one that dates to 1175. Today, it is commonly used in reference to any prophetic revelation or so-called end time scenario, or to the end of the world in general.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse
The information for this post comes from Chapter 15 of The Rose pp. 238-262, which you can purchase here.
This evenly layered rock, photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, shows sedimentary signs of a Martian lakebed. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSShttp://www.nasa.gov/jpl/msl/pia19074/
The Dogon religion suggests that the Nummo may have come from Mars and not Sirius. The Nummo were symbolized by water and copper, which were symbols of Mars. Copper was considered to be at the source of creation. Humans and the Earth, on the other hand, were symbolized by iron.
According to the Dogon, when Mars was formed it was made of soft copper, which the Dogon called, menu olu. The word which designates the placenta, me, comes from the same root as the word copper menu. Copper was also called ya menu, copper of past times. It was the symbol of permanence because according to the Dogon it didn't die. The expression designated all ancient things that do not end that do not disappear. The word menu, piece and mene, which designates the sacrifice or purification before the killing of the victim, are of the same root as me, placenta.
Ogotemmêli indicated that the Nummo came to Earth when something destroyed their world. Dogon symbolism points to a failed experiment of some type involving a red giant. Mars was identified with sacrifice, death and regeneration. At the time they came here, humans were animals living in caves. According to the Dogon, the Nummo brought life and intelligence to the Earth through genetic engineering.
For more information on recent discoveries on Mars see this posting in today's New York Times.
Evidence of Lakes and Streams.
Hand 1st-2nd century CE.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabazios#mediaviewer
/File:HandOfSabazius.JPG Author: Mike Young
Located at the British Museum
The bronze hand above was used in the worship of Sabazius, a god of Thracian or Phrygian (Ancient Turkey) origin, who was identified as the nomadic horseman and sky father god of the Phrygians and Thracians.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabazios
Like Sabazius, Amma was the horseman and sky father of the Dogon people. A horseman, symbol of Amma, was sometimes placed next to or on a horse, which was a symbol of the Nummo.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo p. 58 The Dogon compared the transformation of the Nummo and the moving of the Nummo's ark or spaceship, to the rapid expansion of beings on the Earth, as depicted by the path of the horses to the four directions of space. The Dogon said that "with the chariot (ark), the horse (Nummo) brought forth the word." The "word" symbolized DNA in the religion.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo p. 58 On the back of Sabazius' bronze hand shown above is a caduceus symbol, an ancient symbol I associate with DNA.
Hands decorated with religious symbols were designed to stand in Thracian or Phrygian sanctuaries or, like the one above was attached to poles for processional use.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabazios#mediaviewer
/File:HandOfSabazius.JPGMarcel Griaule mentioned how some of the Dogon elders wore brown Phrygian caps suggesting other connections with ancient Phyrigia,Marcel Griaule, Converstaions with Ogotemmeli p. 7. a Turkish kingdom which reached its peak in around the 8th century BC.
Other symbols, which appear on the bronze hand above, are found in the Dogon religion including the ram and the serpent. Although the Nummo had fish tails, they were associated with serpents because of the way they moved on land, and it was the "Serpent" that Ogotemmêli most often used when referring to the Nummo. When they were in their spaceships the Nummo were known as "Celestial Rams." This is because the spaceship had tubing that curved around like the horns of a ram.
To learn more about this hand and other hand and foot symbolism refer to my article Dogon Genetic Symbols in World Myths.
Plate IX of Splendor Solis 15th CenturyShannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 314
This is Plate IX of the manuscript, Splendour Solis (Splendour of the Sun), which shows a two headed hermaphrodite with one red and one white wing, holding a circular mirror in one hand and an egg in the other.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 314
In The Master of Speech I refer to the importance of the colours red and white in the Dogon religion. The Dogon associated the colour red with a red giant sun, which was a symbol of life; and the colour white with a white dwarf star, a symbol of death. A white dwarf is what is left after a red giant sun has expelled all of its gas to create a nebula, which is a stellar nursery where all life is created. It is for this reason that the Dogon perceived a red sun as a pregnant sun. The colour red was therefore a female symbol and the colour white, a male symbol.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech, p. 257
Splendour Solis (Splendour of the Sun), which shows these Dogon colours in conjunction with a hermaphrodite and the sun, may suggest an association with the Dogon religion. These colours essentially identify opposite aspects of the same essence. The depiction of the hermaphrodite holding a mirror associates this figure with images of mermaids discussed in my books. The picture of The Penitent Magdalene, which was painted sometime between 1625 and 1650 by Georges de la Tour, shows her with a red skirt shaped like a fish tail looking into a mirror. Mermaids holding mirrors also appear in the watermarks of the Albigensians and in the misericords found carved on the underside of the hinged seats of choir-stalls in medieval churches and cathedrals that were discussed in my books, The Nummo and Day of the Fish.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 246 and The Nummo p. 229.
The main character of Splendour Solis is Solomon Trismosin, Adept and Teacher of Paracelsus and the book is an autobiographical account of his travels in search of the Philosophers Stone. Paracelsus was born as Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim on 11 November or 17 December in 1493 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, and died on 24 September in 1541 in Salzburg. He was a Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist. The manuscript was written in a language identified as Central German and reveals the alchemical death and rebirth of the king.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, pp. 313-315
In the introduction to the manuscript the author says, that the process (referring to the alchemical death and rebirth) "stretches through the History of Alchemy like a Sea-serpent." The author continues,
The Sea-serpent may be a living aquatic monster that has survived the Deluge and other Cataclysms in some deep cave. It is with the Philosopher's Stone as with the Sea-serpent, some say they have seen it, while the whole mass of mankind [humanity] has not; but the evidence of the few who have seen, outweighs the opinion of the many who may have not. A thing still is, though people know nothing about it. Like Argon or Neon, it may be universal, and remain universally unknown, yet, nevertheless, it exists.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 314
The above passage would suggest that some Nummo still inhabited the Earth and were known to a few individuals in the 1500s.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 314 In Chapter 18 of Day of the Fish, I refer to the 10th-century document, the Canon Episcopi, which describes how groups of women met at night to worship the pagan goddess Diana (Greek Artemis), and believed that they would ride in processions upon beasts led by Diana across "great spaces of the Earth." The Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana) was described as having a fish tail in some accounts and appears in statues from Ephesus in Turkey with a fish tail. Did the Nummo still interact with humans right up until the witch trials in the fifteenth century? These associations help to confirm that what is known to us today as the Dogon religion was practised throughout Europe before the witch trials.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, pp. 313-315
My research would tend to support Margaret Murray's premise that the consistency of the stories from those convicted of witchcraft were evidence of a wide-spread pre-Christian religion existing in Europe. 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. J.B. Hare describes some of Murray's conclusions.
Murray, upon examination of the evidence, concluded that as barbaric as the witch trials were, they were conducted according to long-established legal procedures; that there was material evidence, witnesses corroborated each other, and (perhaps most tellingly) that not all confessions were extracted under torture. In some cases the accused testified willingly. They even went to their deaths unrepentantly insisting that their faith was the true religion and Christianity was false.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 248
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. In the introduction to her book, The Witch-Cult in Western Europe, Murray states,
The deity of this cult was incarnate in a man, a woman, or an animal; the animal form being apparently earlier than the human, for the god was often spoken of as wearing the skin or attributes of an animal. At the same time, however, there was another form of the god in the shape of a man with two faces. Such a god is found in Italy (where he was called Janus or Dianus), in Southern France (see pp. 62, 129), and in the English Midlands. 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.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 249
Sir James George Frazer published The Golden Bough in 1922, and it is evident that fragments of this old religion were still being practiced in various parts of Europe at that time. More about this can be found in my book Day of the Fish.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 257
Abernethy Pictish Stone ©Robert HillShannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 11
The Smith's hammer and other Dogon religious symbols appear on Celtic Pictish stones. The Celtic Pictish religion was known to have existed as early as the first millennium. This stone was 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 Pictish kingdom.
There are four symbols on this stone, including the hammer and anvil. Between the hammer and anvil is a tuning fork. At the bottom is part of a crescent and a V rod, a common symbol found on other Pictish stones. The rod looks like a bent arrow with a point on one end and the fletching at the other end. What is interesting is that the bow was originally a musical instrument, which may be what this object represents. Music and vibrations are an important aspect of the Dogon religion and are primarily associated with the smith and the smithy. The smith's hammer striking the rock was the Nummo bringing a divine note into human disorder.
In the Dogon religion, the arrow was identified with the Jackal and the Smith as well as with the regeneration process and with the spaceship as it made its descent. The spaceship was described as being an enormous spindle-whorl, which had served as a target for an arrow, which had been shot by the Smith as he made his descent to Earth. On his journey through space, the Smith held an arrow in his hand. The Smith or Jackal figure is shown on ancient boundary stones with an arrow. The Dogon word sagatara meant "powerful and strong" and designated a young man. For three weeks after the birth of a male child in the Dogon society, the mother held an arrow in her hand. It was intended to demonstrate the celestial origin of humanity. Although linguistics show no connection between the words, I believe the word sagatara has an ancient association with the root of the word Sagittarius from the zodiac, whose glyph is an arrow. Other symbols of the zodiac as they relate to the Dogon religion are discussed in more detail in The Master of Speech.
With the exception of a list of kings and several untranslated Ogham stones, no Pictish writings were known to have survived. There is however an Ogham alphabet which Graves associates with the names of different trees. Trees played a significant role in the Dogon religion from a practical as well as a religious perspective. Trees were related to the three "words" or experiments carried out on humans. The "word" was a symbol for DNA, and the letters of the alphabet were associated with genetics and the creation of genomes. (The Nummo pp. 9-11)
c.400800AD Celtic Idol on Boa IslandShannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 85
This photo shows the female side of a Celtic idol found at Caldragh Cemetery on Boa Island in Northern Island. The other side of the idol is male with a pointed penis beneath stylised crossed arms. My research reveals that this statue is associated with Dogon carvings of the Nummo twins, shown below, with one side being male and the other side female.
Nummo Twins, Musée de
Bamako, Mali, AfricaReconfigured from Dieterlen and Griaule, The Pale Fox. PL XVIII. p.383.
Although the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli described the Nummo as primarily having fish and serpent like tails, there were many other various depictions and descriptions of them. Because they were hermaphrodites, they were often shown as twins just as they are in the statue above. He also said they were shapeshifters.
According to Anthony Weir, the name Boa is an anglisization of the Badhbha or Divine Hag, who later became the Caillech Bhaearra. The female side of the Boa Island idol once had a protruding tongue, which is no longer very clear. The protruding tongue of the figure was a symbol of divinity and associated with the Greek Gorgons.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 84
Lithuanian-American archeologist Marija Gimbutas associated the Gorgon with the snake goddess further connecting this Boa Island idol with descriptions of the Nummo, who had both fish and snake like characteristics. According to Gimbutas, the Gorgon extended back to at least 6000 BCE. She said that masks recovered from Old European excavations very likely represented the snake goddess.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 24
Archaeologists unearthed Gorgon masks from the Varna cemetery in eastern Bulgaria on the Black Sea coast. Gimbutas said that the masks' round eyes, long mouth, and studs representing teeth were characteristic of the snake. Other depictions of Gorgons showed them with whiskers and fangs. These descriptions of the Gorgon with their combination of snake-like bodies and whiskers or fangs further describe the Nummo. The Dogon particularly associated the Nummo with the silurus, which is a type of catfish. Most of these fish have barbs, or whiskers, on the lower jaw. As shown in some Dogon drawings, the Nummo also had these same whiskers.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 24
My research reveals that the Gorgons, who were later demonized by the patriarchal Greeks, were Greek representations of the Nummo. During his research on Greek mythology, Kerényi discovered that parents used to name their little girls Gorgo after the Gorgon. He reported that One cannot believe that Gorgo meant only something ugly and terrible; for the same name used to be given to little girls, whose parents certainly did not expect them to turn into terrifying creatures! This would suggest that in the early years the Gorgon was so respected that parents actually named their daughters after her. Over time ancient Greece became a patriarchal culture and with it the reversal of the religious symbols of the Goddess. It was at that time that the warring tribesmen likely turned the female Gorgon into a figure of evil.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 49
The androgynous twin aspect of the Nummo appears in many other ancient places besides Mali, Africa including Mexico, Greece, China, and Italy.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish 104 Read more about the Nummo Twins and some of the other ancient artefacts associated with them.
Thessalay Hermaphrodite 6000-5700 BCShannon Dorey Day of the Fish p. 87
This drawing shows an androgynous being with her hands on her lap. Marija Gimbutas associated this intersexed statue from Sesklo (Magula no. 94, near Larisa, Thessalay; 6000-5700 BCE) with the "sorrowful Christ" motif. Gimbutas relates these sorrowful images to the flax or corn god born out of the earth in the form of flax. In ancient times flax was used to make both cloth and paper, which is very significant to the Dogon religion and the Master [Mistress] of Speech. These associations are important because cloth was a symbol of the Word in the Dogon religion. The Word, which represented DNA strands, was symbolized by weaving and cloth, which is what I believe this story is about.Day of the Fish, Dorey, p. 86-87
Weaving was an important function identified with the Mistress of Speech, because her DNA, which was created in the second experiment, was used in the creation of all humans born after her. When the Mistress of Speech was created, she was identified as a new Word, which was passed on from generation to generation through weaving, which was symbolic of her genetic and spiritual inheritance. Ogotemmêli said that weaving became the heritage of humankind, emphasizing that it was for all humans, "handed down from generation to generation" through the "clapping of the shuttle and creaking of the block." This is also the "creaking of the Word." In this regard, the Word becomes embodied in the cloth whose threads are related to the strands of DNA.Day of the Fish, Dorey, p. 75
A Dogon statue of the Master [Mistress] of Speech, which was found in the totemic shrine, showed her with her two hands placed flat on her lap just like this statue. The Mistress of Speech had both a penis and breasts, and if we didn't already know from Ogotemmêli that she was primarily a female being, we might assume that she was a male figure. It is in later patriarchal cultures that we see the Master [Mistress] of Speech being identified as a male saviour.
In her book, Language of the Goddess, Gimbutas tells the story of the flax as known from Hans Christian Andersen's children's story. What is interesting is that some scholars believe Andersen, who wrote the story about the flax was intersexed or a hermaphrodite. The Hans Christian Andersen Center reports, "to a large extent, Andersen was a spiritually androgynous person or, as Soren Kierkegaard put it in, Af en endnu Levendes Papirer, (1838; Early Polemical Writings, 1990): he is `like those flowers where the male and the female sit on one stalk'." I mentioned Hans Christian Andersen in, The Nummo, because he also wrote the story of The Little Mermaid, and the Mistress of Speech was a fish tailed being. (Christ was symbolized by the fish and was seen walking on water.) The connection with the Dogon religion is not surprising since many of Andersen's stories were based on Danish folktales that he had heard as a child. These were oral tales that had been passed on from generation to generation and like the stories from the Dogon religion, I believe they must have been based on ancient religious myths. Gimbutas reports:
The "passion of the flax" is a widely spread motif in European folk lore and is best known from Hans Christian Andersen's children's story (1843) telling the sad experiences of the flax: how the seed is buried in the dark earth, thence to raise its head and penetrate to the light of the sun; how its blue flower has to withstand the sun's heat and lashing by the sweeping rain, until one day wicked people come and pull the poor plant, root and all, out of the ground by its hair. Then they torture it by drowning it in water, roasting it over a fire, beating it with sticks, breaking and dressing it, heckling and combing it with hackle-combs and thorns, spinning it to thread, weaving it into linen, cutting it, piercing it with needles, sewing it into shirts which are worn till they are rags, drowned and pulped and calendered and dried into the paper upon which its story is written. Before the paper-making motif was introduced, the suffering of the flax ended in shirt making. The flax had to be pulled, rippled, retted, swung, spun, woven, bleached and then sewn into a shirt..
The European flax or corn-god has a close relative in the Near Eastern corn-god Tammuz known from cuneiform tablets. In the text found at Ras Shamra, in the ancient Phoenician city of Ugarit, the Death Goddess Anat kills the corn-god, called Mot, "Death."..In folk art a "sorrowful Christ" is a well-known figure in central and northern Catholic Europe. This is particularly true for Lithuania, where thousands of "worrying Christs" have been carved in wood and preserved to this day. This image is neither Christian nor Indo-European but a continuing Old European stereotype. In this forested part of Europe, wood-carving traditions persisted for millennia in portrayals of the dying God, originally the Spirit of Vegetation. It was an image which even traumatic upheavals in religious thought were unable to uproot; it survived in the dying Christ."
The fact that the flax was made into the paper on which its story was written is important because the flax is being identified with the Word, in written form. As Gimbutas emphasizes in this passage, "Before the paper-making motif was introduced, the suffering of the flax ended in shirt making." The Dogon religion existed in an oral culture so the Word was never associated with paper.Day of the Fish, Dorey, p. 86-87
We do see symbols of the Dogon religion being embedded in the form of watermarks in paper used to print popular literature by Albigensian papermakers who had fled the south of France after being persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church. My research indicates that the Albigensians practised the same religion as the Dogon. We see the Word being associated with papyrus in Egyptian mythology because papyrus was used to make paper in Egypt. I believe that the Mistress of Speech's twenty-two articulations, which were identified with body parts in the Dogon religion, eventually became associated with alphabets in written cultures. Robert Graves pointed out in, The White Goddess, that alphabets were associated with Welsh religious myths in reference to the Battle of the Trees (Cd Goddeu), found in the early medieval Welsh poem, the Red Book of Hergest.The Nummo, Dorey, p. 70 For more information on these Word associations refer to my books.
Vulture with Egg, Aquatic Birds by Klaus-Peter Simonhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: G%C3%B6bekli2012-18.jpgGbekli Tepe, Siedlungshgel bei Sanliurfa, Sdosttrkei, Anlage D Pfeiler 43
The animals symbols that appear at the 11,600 year old Gobekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey are the same animal symbols that are found in the Dogon religion. These symbols which have been discussed in my books, The Master of Speech, The Nummo and Day of the Fish tell us the story of the origin of humanity.
According to the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli, the first humans had the ability to regenerate themselves and based on my research the temple at Gobekli Tepe appears to be associated with regeneration. Many ancient temples related to regeneration appeared on hill tops and Gobekli Tepe is no exception. The name Gobekli Tepe means "Potbelly Hill".http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe Others interpret Gobekli Tepe as meaning "navel mountain".http://medusacoils.blogspot.ca/2009/03/worlds-first-Sheela-na-gig-at-worlds.html Lydia Ruyle
Sirius was an important star in the Dogon religion because when the Eight Ancestors were returning to Earth, they witnessed the transformation of Sirius A into a sun. Sirius B was also very important in the religion because the Dogon associated it with the remnants of a sun that they said once existed in our solar system.
Some researchers believe that Gobekli Tepe was built in response to the sudden appearance of Sirius as a "result of one of Earth's periodic millennial wobbles:"
Today, Sirius can be seen almost worldwide as the brightest star in the sky -- excluding the sun -- and the fourth brightest night-sky object after the moon, Venus and Jupiter. Sirius is so noticeable that its rising and setting was used as the basis for the ancient Egyptian calendar, says [Giulio] Magli. At the latitude of Gobekli Tepe, Sirius would have been below the horizon until around 9300 BC, when it would have suddenly popped into view."https://www.facebook.com/photo
Besides animals symbols like serpents and rams, the Dogon identified the Nummo with birds because the Nummo were said to have gizzards. It is believed that dinosaurs had gizzards and that birds are considered to be a type of dinosaur. In fact they are the only dinosaur still surviving to the present day.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp.20-34 Because they had fish and serpent like tails and were primarily aquatic beings, the Nummo were identified with water birds. Water birds appear frequently at Gobekli Tepe. In Marija Gimbutas' research on Old Europe, she made a connection between the Ram, which was a symbol of the Nummo in their spaceships, and the Bird Goddess. My research in Day of the Fish points to the Goddess religion of Old Europe as being the same religion known to the Dogon people. The Nummo were hermaphrodites but identified with the sacred feminine. Gimbutas writes:
Bird's heads with ram's horns appear on bird-shaped vases of the Early Helladic II period [2650-2200/2150 BCE]. These beautifully shaped and burnished vases continue to be misleadingly called `sauceboats.' Their waterbird shape is obvious, and the addition of ram's horns to some of their heads suggests their important role in the cult of the Goddess. There are also winged rams, such portrayals appear on Late Minoan seals from Kato Zakros in Crete. The intimate link between the ram and the Bird Goddess is clear. The ram-headed serpent is the most expressive and typical of the Celtic cult animals. (Ross 1967:344).
A Celtic ram-headed serpent taken from excavations at Roman Carlisle in England appears in my book Day of the Fish and is shown below. I came across this serpent at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle on a trip to England and Scotland in 2005, and I was surprised to see how closely it was associated with the Dogon religion. A relief of a ram's head with spiralling horns and an owl's beak is also shown on one of the walls of a rock-cut tomb at Perfugas, Sardinia, dated to around the 4th millennium BCE. The owl is also found at Gobekli Tepe. Ogotemmêli described the Nummo Ancestors, of whom the Mistress of Speech was one, as having "wide-open eyes."Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech p.57
Ram Headed Serpent, CarlisleRoman Carlisle cRobert Hill
My research shows that black birds including ravens and vultures were associated with the Nummo in various cultures including Celtic, Chinese, Persian and Mayan. These birds were considered creator deities. The raven is also the creator of the world and bringer of daylight of the Pacific Northwest aboriginal tribes, including the Tlingit, the Haida, the Tsimshian, the BellaBella, and the Kwakiutl. The raven was also important in creation myths of the Eskimo and even today remains a significant social and religious component of Alaskan culture.Dorey, The Nummo p. 202 A Chinese silk funeral banner found in a Han Tomb, 193-141 BCE, which I refer to in The Nummo, depicts the moon on the left and the sun on the right, which is consistent with Dogon symbolism. A black bird appears in the centre of the sun. If we associate this to Dogon mythology, it indicates that the black bird is a symbol of the Nummo. The black bird also appeared in Greek mythology as a creator deity.
According to the Orphics, in the beginning was Night, or Nyx, who was a bird with black wings. Ancient Night, they said, conceived of the Wind and laid her silver egg. From the egg sprang the son of the rushing Wind, a god with golden wings called Eros, the god of love. Eros was the first born of all the gods. When he was hatched from the egg, he revealed and brought into the light everything that had previously lain hidden in the silver egg. The story of Night was passed down in Greek mythology in the sacred writings preserved by the disciples of Orpheus.
That which was brought into the light is a reference to humans who communicate and perceive their world through light. I believe that the Nummo communicated using sonar and conceptualized their world through sound rather than light, which is how they likely became identified with night. They also did most of their moving about at night because the sunlight dried out their skin. If they were like salamanders, which are also amphibians, the sunlight may have even been harmful to them, which is ironic since their primary symbol was the sun.Dorey, The Nummo p. 200 A vulture appears on the stone below from Gobekli Tepe with a circular symbol, which may symbolize both the sun and an egg. The scorpion, which symbolized the Eight Ancestors in the Dogon religion because of its eight legs, also appears on this stone but isn't visible in this picture.
Vulture with Egg, Aquatic Birds by Klaus-Peter Simonhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: G%C3%B6bekli2012-18.jpgGbekli Tepe, Siedlungshgel bei Sanliurfa, Sdosttrkei, Anlage D Pfeiler 43
The vulture also appears in Mayan mythology. I included page 3 from the Kingsborough and Forstemann editions of the Dresden Codex below, in Day of the Fish because it shows a hermaphrodite impaled on a tree with her feet and hands tied together. In some Dogon carvings, the Mistress of Speech appears as a human hermaphrodite with breasts and penis. In one of the Dogon stories about the Mistrees of Speech's sacrifice, her umbilical cord was planted, came to life and transformed itself into a tree known as the kilena. It was this tree that the Mistress of Speech was tied to when she was sacrificed. The Dogon said the kilena tree had the power to revive the dead. The roots of the tree spread out in three directions, and its two branches supported the Mistress of Speech's pectoral fins. Her body was then surrounded from top to bottom by the flexible iron helix, called the amma su, or Cord of God. According to the Dogon, this cord turned into the spinal cord of the person being regenerated. In another passage Ogotemmêli described how the dead body's bones had been tranformed into coloured stones which were ejected into the bottom of the tomb to form an outline of a skeleton laid out flat on its back where the body had been.Dorey, The Master of Speech p. 213 Ogotemmêli explains the process of the laying out of the stones, beginning with the head and including all parts of the skeleton of the individual being created. He says the stones were placed "one by one, beginning with the one for the head, and with the eight principal stones, one for each ancestor, he marked the joints of the pelvis, the shoulders, the knees and the elbows". He even refers to some of the stones as being of "secondary importance designating the long bones, the vertebral column and the ribs."Dorey, The Master of Speech p. 148
Page 3 Kingsborough and Forstemann Editions Vulture tying Hermaphrodite to a Tree of Regenerationhttp://www.famsi.org/mayawriting/codices/dresden.html
Page 3 from the Kingsborough and Forstemann editions of the Mayan Dresden Codex above, shows a frog or lizard figure in the bottom right corner and a black vulture standing on top of a tree tying the hermaphrodite to it. A black navel appears on the bottom of the tree which I mentioned above, is likely associated with the Dogon story of the Mistress of Speech's umbilical cord being planted and transforming itself into the kilena tree. The tree grows up through the navel of the hermaphrodite lying on her back on top of the omphalos shaped object. Her penis and breasts are visible. Stone like images also appear on the tree's branches which may be associated with the yayaga plant that the Dogon said grew on the kilena tree in the same way that mistletoe grows on an oak. I believe that it is because of this association that mistletoe was identified with regeneration in many ancient cultures. The frog is an important symbol in this picture because frogs are amphibians like the Nummo. Frogs appear throughout the Neolithic and are discussed in detail in Day of the Fish. I believe that stories about the Eight Ancestors also appear in Egyptian myths in the tales of the "Ogdoad of Khmunu (Hermopolis), four frog gods and four snake goddesses of chaos."Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 44
According to Gimbutas, the Sheela Na gig, a figure which has been found incorporated into old churches in medieval Ireland and England was none other than the ancient frog or toad goddess, the birth giver and regeneratrix inherited from the Neolithic. A Sheela Na gig image is found in a drawing carved into a stone slab on the floor of the Lowenpfeilergebaude at Gobekli Tepe. The naked woman is depicted in a sitting position with straddled legs and two standing pillars with lions sculpted in relief protect the drawing.http://medusacoils.blogspot.ca/2009/03/worlds-first-Sheela-na-gig-at-worlds.html Lydia Ruyle The lion was a symbol of Lébé in the Dogon religion, and I believe that because she was a hermaphrodite or "twin" as the Dogon would say, she could have easily been portrayed as two lions, which may associate her with these two pillars.
Gimbutas discusses the significance of the frog and toad image to Goddess mythology:
The frog and toad image, along with the frog-shaped woman displaying her vulva, appears across a wide time span, not only during the European and Anatolian Neolithic but in the Near East, China, and the Americas. Several closely related frog deity images in Egypt and the Near East help explain the function of this goddess. Egyptians revered the frog as Heket, primordial mother of all existence. In the early predynastic period (around 3100 BCE), she was portrayed as a woman with a frog head, or as a frog or toad impersonating the goddess. "Frog" was her hieroglyphic sign. Heket controlled fecundity and regeneration after death.
I believe the opening in the hermaphrodite's navel from the codex is connected to the oval opening on the bear statue above found in the museum at Gbekli Tepe revealing the head of a baby.
The frog regenetrix Sheela Na gig holding open her vulva (shown below) and the Fish Goddess of Lepenski, holding open her vulva were discussed in Day of the Fish and associated with regeneration.
12th-century AD Sheela Na gig from St. Mary's and St. David's Church, Kilpeck, Herefordshire, England.John Harding, Wikimedia Commons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SheelaWiki.jpg www.sheelanagig.org
I believe that the statue below from Gobekli Tepe symbolizes the birth of Lb. This statue found in the museum at Gobekli Tepe shows dual serpents on a totem along with a large animal, most likely a bear, giving birth to a human baby. A cat or lion face appears on the left, which was a symbol of Lb. My research has found that the Mistress of Speech (the Seventh Ancestor), who was part human and part Nummo, was symbolized by the boar, owl and the bear in Celtic and other ancient religions. The owl and boar appear in the Museum beside the animal figure giving birth. In some Dogon myths, the Mistress of Speech was sacrificed when Lébé was born and the boar was sacrificed in many Celtic myths. The bear was also sacrificed in ancient Japanese cultures. The hunt is associated with death and regenertion in the Dogon religion and the Mistress of Speech was the mistress of the hunt.
Bear Mother, Boars and Owl by Klaus-Peter Simonhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: UrfaMuseumG%C3%B6bekli.jpg Archologisches Museum Sanliurfa, Sdosttrkei, Stelen und Skulpturen aus Gbekli Tepe Klaus-Peter Simon
This statue in the museum at Gobekli Tepe also reminds me of this statue of the virgin goddess Coatlicue from Aztec mythology discussed in Day of the Fish and shown below. She is reminiscent of the Gorgon from Greek mythology, which I associate with the Mistress of Speech. The babies appear in the middle of the figures and there are two sets of hands on both totems. A serpent, the symbol of the Nummo, appears on the statue from Gobekli Tepe and a skirt of serpents on Coatlicue.
Coatlicue taken by Benutzer:Luidgerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:20041229-Coatlicue_(Museo_Nacional_de_Antropolog%C3%ADa)_MQ-3.jpg Statue of Coatlicue displayed in National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City.
These images are also linked to this picture of a gorgon-like figure holding the Wheel of Life, which comes from Tibetan Buddhism, and also discussed in Day of the Fish.
Wheel of Life Tibetan Buddhismhttp://www.sacred-texts.com/earth/boe/boe18.htm (From The Buddhism of Tibet, or, Lamaism; L. Austine Waddell, 1899.) p. 108
Notice the serpent, boar and rooster found in the centre of the Wheel of Life. These figures represent the three main figures in the Dogon religion. The serpent symbolizes the Nummo, the boar, the Mistress of Speech, (Seventh Ancestor) and the rooster, the Jackal. This Gorgon figure holds the wheel in the same fashion that the frog regenetrix Sheela Na gig, the Aztec goddess Coatlicue and the animal figure at Gobekli Tepe position their hands beside their navels or vulvas. In the bottom left section of the Wheel of Life, crouched pregnant figures hold open their navels. I find these crouched figures very strange and in some instances remind me of ants, which was a symbol of Mother Earth in the Dogon religion. A ant image also appears at Gbekli Tepe. On this image of the Wheel of Life, a bull, a Jackal figure, is shown on the top left and a cow, symbolizing the Nummo, is on the top right. Everything associated with the Nummo always appeared on the right side of the Dogon sanctuary and everything symbolizing humans and the Jackal appeared on the left.Dorey, Day of the Fish pp.180-181
My research indicates that all of these ancient symbols are telling us the same story that can be found in its purest form in the Dogon religion. This is because due to their isolation, the Dogon religion is the only ancient religion that has survived relatively intact right up until modern times.
Celtic Pictish Drosten Stone (front)cRobert Hill
Celtic Pictish Drosten Stone(back)cRobert Hill
This Celtic Pictish stone known as the Drosten Stone, which is found in the St. Vigeans museum in Scotland near Abroath and is dated to the 9th century, shows the symbols that appear at Gobekli including the boar, cat, vulture, dog, deer and bear. The boar appears on Celtic stones in the same way it appears at Gobekli Tepe. The Celtic knotted image in the centre looks like a tunning fork. For more information on these things refer to my article on Gobekli Tepe.
Lion Figure 32,000 years oldhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_man_photo.jpg Shannon Dorey Day of the Fish p. 15
In Day of the Fish, I wrote about Mitochondrial Eve, the name given by geneticists to the woman who was the last common matrilineal ancestor of all human beings living today. She was a member of a group of humans living around 200,000 years ago in Africa. According to the Dogon, this woman, who was the mother of present day humans, was Lébé and she was an immortal hermaphrodite. Five generations after her birth, humans were born as single sexed, mortal beings.
Lébé was symbolized by the lion in the Dogon religion and the musical octave was a metaphor for Lébé's birth. I believe that the world's oldest known animal shaped image (shown above), an ivory mammoth sculpture, shaped like a lion, symbolizes Lébé. This figure, which is about 32000 years old gives human characteristics to the lion, and comes from the Aurignacian culture. It was found in a cave in Swabian Alb, Germany. This sculpture was originally identified as "the lion man" but was more recently redefined as "the lion lady." The Aurignacian culture has been called the first modern humans in Europe. Anthropologists also found a similar but smaller, lion-headed sculpture, along with other animal figures and several flutes, in another cave in the same region of Germany. This find led them to speculate that the lion-figure may have played "an important role in the mythology of humans of the early Upper Paleolithic." The flutes found in the cave with the lion sculpture, are some of the oldest musical instruments in the world, reinforcing the lion figure's association with Lébé, who was identified with the Eighth Ancestor and associated with the musical octave.Day of the Fish, Dorey pp. 14-15)(Wikipedia /lion_man)(Wikipedia/Aurignacian)
Lébé was so important to the Dogon people, that when they fled their homeland of Mandé sometime between the tenth and thirteenth centuries because of their refusal to convert to Islam, they took with them the earth of their main altar to Lébé. Mandé, which is west of Bamako, was the site of the ancient Mandingo Empire of Keita, also called Mali, which dominated a great part of West Africa in the thirteenth century.The Pale Fox, Griaule and Dieterlen p. 29 The Dogon people's refusal to give up their religion and their desire to take Lébé's altar with them, suggests to me that this religion was not only well established before this migration took place but also how important Lébé, the mother of all humanity, was to the religion.Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 34
St. Patrick Driving the Serpents Out of Irelandhttp://www.patheos.com/ blogs/wildhunt/2012/03/saint-patrick- druids-snakes-and-popular-myths.html
All evidence suggests that post-glacial Ireland never had snakeshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick so the story about St. Patrick chasing out the snakes was likely in reference to the Irish Celtic pagan religion being banished when Catholicism was introduced into Ireland. My research in Day of the Fish reveals that the African Dogon religion is the pagan mystery religion spoken about by the ancient Greeks, Celts, Romans, Egyptians and others.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 1 The serpent and fish like alien Nummo were most often referred to as the "Serpent" by the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli. In my first book, The Master of Speech, I wrote about the similarities between the alien Nummo and the serpent goddess statues found in Ur in southern Iraq. These statues date from the Ubaid period, around 4500 BCE. These goddesses have the same lines across their fish- and serpent-like bellies that were mentioned by the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli when describing the alien Nummo. The statues have slanted eyes, cow noses, fish tails, serpent-like bodies, and strange bumps on their shoulder and elbow joints that were spoken of by Ogotemmêli. The Ubaid statues also had casques on their heads and Ogotemmêli reported that the Nummo had casques or horns on their heads that were covered with hoods. The close resemblance of these statues to descriptions of the Nummo helps to support my research that the serpent goddess figures found in world mythology evolved from the images and stories about the alien Nummo.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech, p. 16
The Nummo lived underground because they were amphibians and the sunlight bothered their skin. From above ground their spaceships looked like giant anthills to the Dogon people. I believe that the round barrow fortresses of the Irish Sidhe were likewise remnants of the Nummo spaceships underground. According to Robert Graves, "Caer Sidi or Caer Sidin means `Revolving Castle' in Welsh and though revolving islands are common in Welsh and Irish legend, the word "sidi" is apparently a translation of the Goidelic word Sidhe, a round barrow fortress belonging to the Aes Sidhe (Sidhe for short) the prime magicians of Ireland. There are several "Fortresses of the Sidhe' in Ireland, the most remarkable ones being Brugh-na-Boyne (now called `New Grange'), Knowth and Dowth, on the northern banks of the River Boyne. ...the Sidhe were such skilful poets that even the Druids were obliged to go to them for the spells that they needed." I believe that because the Nummo had advanced knowledge of science that they were associated with magicians.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 186
When the Nummo spaceship moved it created wind and according to the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, Sidhe is Gaelic for wind, and many myths about the Sidhe associated them with wind. According to Yeats, "They journey in whirling wind, the winds that were called the dance of the daughters of Herodias in the Middle Ages, Herodias doubtless taking the place of some old goddess." "In medieval Europe a widespread belief held Herodias to be the supernatural leader of a supposed cult of witches, synonymous with Diana [Greek Artemis]." Even in Yeats day in Ireland (1865-1939), he witnessed old people from the country blessing themselves when they saw the leaves whirling on the road because they believed the Sidhe to be passing by.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 186
My research has convinced me that the hammer of the Nummo, who were known as "Heaven's Smiths" in the Dogon religion, became the "Hammer of Witches" translated into Latin as Malleus Maleficarum. The Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) was the title of the witch hunter's manual written by James Sprenger and Henry Kramer in 1486. It was the best known of the manuals and remained in use for 300 years. The Malleus proposed "evidence of a wide-spread subterranean pagan tradition which worshiped a pre-Christian horned deity." My research reveals that his horned deity was the Nummo.Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 250 For more information on these things refer to my book, Day of the Fish.
"The shamrock had been seen as sacred in the pre-Christian days in Ireland. Due to its green color and overall shape, many viewed it as representing rebirth and eternal life. Three was a sacred number in the pagan religion and there were a number of "Triple Goddesses" in ancient Ireland, including Brigid, Ériu, and the Morrigan."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick In the Dogon religion there were three Words or three creations asociated with the Nummo, The Mistress of Speech and Lébé, who were all hermaphrodites but primarily female.
Gnostic Gem from 1722 depicting Lébéhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: Lion-faced_deity.jpg Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures published in 1722 vol. II, parte II, plancha CL, p. 362.
This is a picture of a lion faced deity found on a Gnostic gem in Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures published in 1722. The importance of this gem is that it depicts Lébé as she/he was known to the Dogon people. Lébé, who was symbolized by the lion, had a serpent tail and was created during the third experiment or Third Word. Lébé's creation was considered the hope for humanity and she/he was perceived as the mother of present day humans. She was immortal and associated with the sun symbol, which is depicted on this gem. In my book The Nummo, I discuss some of the similarities between the Dogon religion and Gnosticism.
Like other apocryphal documents, Gnostic scriptures were left out of the New Testament at the time it was compiled in the fourth and fifth centuries. They were considered too pagan, which was incompatible with what the Church fathers believed was correct Christian doctrine. Until recently, little was known of the Gnostic writings because the orthodox Church was successful at banning the writings and the teaching of Gnosticism. The Gnostic teachers disappeared and what we knew about them in history came primarily from the writings of their enemies, the Church fathers. It wasn't until 1945, when a collection of Gnostic writings was found in Upper Egypt, that more information became available on Gnosticism. These previously unknown documents, the Nag Hammadi library, have "provided overwhelming evidence that these Gnostic writings are based on either the Old or the New Testament, or both, and that they represent a way of radically reinterpreting the biblical tradition."
Although individual Gnostics held varying beliefs, they generally "agreed that the salvation of human beings depended on their gaining knowledge of the origin of the world. One of the Greek words for knowledge, gnosis, was used in the literature for this special kind of divine information, and gave its name to the movement: Gnosticism." In earlier forms of the doctrine, it was thought the God of the universe had created the world through his chosen agent, Wisdom. Wisdom, also called Sophia, was sometimes represented as being good and kindly, and at other times as an agent of evil. This is precisely the role the Smith played in Dogon mythology. The evil was seen as being the result of the Nummos' interference in the natural evolution of the Earth, but the good was seen as a result of the Nummo and the Eight Ancestors trying to educate and help humans find their way back to the truth. In Gnostic writings, the result of their interference was defined as chaos.Howard Clark Kee, The New Testamnet in Context, Source and Documents. (Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. 1984) C 163-164.
Griaule used the word "sophy" in trying to explain his understanding of the Dogon way of thinking. He said the Dogon saw the universe as an "orderly whole, where the notion of law was less present than that of a pre-established harmony, incessantly troubled and continually reordered."Griaule and Dieterlen p. 60
In the Gnostic scriptures "the word" was identified with Sophia, who is considered to be embodied Holy Wisdom. In Dogon mythology "the word" was so. The Fourth Word was known as the "clear word," so dayi and the "good word" so ezu. This constituted "the final state of knowledge." Griaule reported that during the Dogon initiation process individuals didn't just acquire an accumulation of knowledge or a philosophy, but what they learned was of an educational nature that made them understand the structures of the universe. This led them "to as conscious and complete a life as possible within nature and society".
Elements of Dogon mythology can be found throughout the Gnostic scriptures. In Dogon mythology, humans were supposed to be given the ability to know themselves as well as all other creatures and matter in the universe. The Gnostic scripture Wisdom: On the Origin of the World talks of a similar ability.
Pistis Sophia desired [to cause] the one who had no spirit to receive the pattern of a likeness and rule over the matter and over all its powers, a ruler first appeared out of the waters, lion-like in appearance, androgynous and having a great authority within himself, but not knowing whence he came into being." The passage later says he "came into being by means of the word."
Although Wisdom: On the Origin of the World mentions the androgynous lion-man, who represents Lébé in Dogon mythology, I believe the character in question here is actually associated with the Jackal. This is because the Jackal was a single sexed male, who was born alone and separated from the spiritual essence of the Nummo. The Gnostic passage says that he "saw only himself; he did not see another one except water and darkness-then he thought that he alone existed." In the Dogon religion, the Jackal symbolized the first human and the failed experiment. My research has shown that the Jackal and Lébé became confused in later cultures because Lébé was perceived as being a regeneration of the Jackal, who was symbolzied by the fox, rooster and dog. Lébé appears on one of the second and third century amulets of the snake footed god (Jackal), holding the stolen fire. In the Dogon religion, the Jackal was the one who stole the fire. For more information on these things refer to The Nummo.Dorey, The Nummo, pp. 209-212
The Red Giant known as R Sculptoris, Ejecting Matterhttp://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121016.html
This is a picture of a red giant produced by NASA. According to NASA, this unusual spiral structure was discovered around "the Milky Way star R Sculptoris, a red giant star located about 1,500 light years away toward the constellation of the Sculptor (Sculptoris). The star was observed with the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)... " The picture shows how giant stars evolve towards the end of their lives.http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121016.html
If this device was needed to obtain a picture of a red giant, then how did the Dogon know what a red giant looked like? Compare NASA's photo to this Dogon drawing associated with the Sigui festival commemorating the events involving the red giant star the Female Po Pilu.
Signs drawn over a Sixty Year Period for the SiguiReplication of a drawing found on page 104 of the Pale Fox. Info page 105.
The Sigui festival was held once every sixty years and was associated with death on the Earth.
In The Sirius Mystery, Robert Temple believed that the red giant star Emme ya was a red dwarf star but my extensive study of the symbolism in the Dogon religion, clearly shows that this star was a red giant. Stars with masses close to that of our Sun become red giant stars in the later stages of their lives. The radius of a red giant star is believed to expand to a size comparable to the orbit of the Earth, and the matter at the surface of the star, flows out and escapes. Dust is formed in the out flowing gas when the temperature decreases. This mixture of gas and dust is blown away from the central star, and it expands into space.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/star-caught-devouring-its_n_1820229.html
When our sun becomes a red giant in the later stages of its life, scientists believe that all life on Earth will likely be killed off in the process. Red giant stars literally gobble up all celestial bodies in their path as they expand into space. During the process, they also eject matter, which then goes on to create nebulae, which create new stars and planets. In the Dogon religion, both the stars the Female Po Pilu and Emme ya ejected matter to create life and from a mythological point of view were associated with sacrifice and regeneration. The actions of the red giant star are also a metaphor for the sacrifical ritual hunt in the Dogon religion involving the Mistress of Speech and regeneration. In order to achieve human regeneration, in some Dogon myths the Mistress of Speech swallowed and then regurgitated Lébé, the mother of all humans living today.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo p. 11
This next drawing is of the Female Po Pilu ejecting matter.Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, The Pale Fox p.226
Dogon Drawing of the Star Po Pilu Ejecting MatterReplication of a drawing found on page 226 of the Pale Fox
This Dogon drawing is incredibly similar to this artist's drawing from the European Space Agency of a red giant ejecting matter. These Dogon drawings are quite remarkable and reveal that the Dogon had advanced knowledge of cosmology.
Red Giant Ejecting Matter Photo: ESA Credit JAXAEuropean Space Agency.; Photo: ESA Credit JAXA.
Flatwoods Alien 1952http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatwoods_monster
This is a picture of an alien that appeared in Braxton County, West Virgina in 1952. Erin Radoja sent this story to me because it reminded her of the amphibious Nummo and their iron sandal that helped them move quickly over the land. The Braxton County alien was described as reptilian with disjointed arms and it floated around in a machine. Witnesses described the creature's head as having bulging, non-human eyes and as either being shaped like a heart, or as having a large heart shaped cowling behind it. The creature's body was described as being man-shaped and clad in a dark pleated skirt; later described as being green. Some accounts record that the creature had no visible arms, while others describe it as having short, stubby arms; ending in long, claw-like fingers, which protruded from the front of its bodyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatwoods_monster
The Nummo were green and the Nummo Ancestors had bulging eyes and disjointed arms. A second entity appeared in Braxton County and was described as being a large, pulsating, red ball of light that hovered above or rested upon the ground. The Nummos spaceship was also described as looking like a round red calabash as it flew through the sky.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech pp. 13-25
The creatures heart shaped head is intriguing because the heart appears on many ancient artefacts in association with fish tailed beings. The Nummo and Nummo Ancestors were fish tailed hermaphrodites and the fish tailed hermaphroditic god Dagon, appears on an ancient amphora with hearts. The name Dagon was first mentioned in Mari texts, and is from Amorite names in Syria and Canaan dating to about 2500 BCE.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 42-50
Many images of the Greek Gorgons show them with hearts and many of the Japanese Jomon dogu statues are shown with heart shaped heads and faces. This is a heart headed dogu statue dated 1000-2000 BCE from Gohara in the Gunma Prefecture, provided by the Heritage of Japan. Notice the strange arms on this figure.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 277 See also Chapters 3 and 10
Heart headed doguPhoto: Heritage of Japan, Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 42-50
Throughout my research, I have found many connections between the Greek goddess Artemis and the Mistress of Speech from the Dogon religion. According to Carl Kerényi, the goddess with the heart shaped head on this next amphora represents Hekate in her triple form. He links her with the twins Apollo and Artemis, who are also named Hekatos and Hekate. Hekate had a share of the sky, the Earth and the sea. The Nummo and Nummo Ancestors were all hermaphrodites, so were considered twins by the Dogon people. An image of the Mistress of Speech was drawn by a Dogon artist showing her in her fish form with an image of her hermaphroditic daughter Lébé inside her also shaped like a fish. The heart headed goddess on this amphora also shows a fish inside her. She also has strange hands reminiscent of the Braxton alien.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p.140
Hekate on Boeotian vase in the geometric styleShannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p.140 Boeotian vase in the geometric style; from Chr. Zervos, LArt on Grèce, Paris, 1946, 53. Kerényi XIV. P. 31
The Braxton alien has wide open eyes and the Nummo Ancestors were described as having wide open eyes suggestive of frog type eyes. Images of frogs, toads, fish, and salamanders appear in many of the Goddess artefacts of Old Europe. The goddess Artemis was worshiped as a toad in Egypt, Italy, and Lithuania. This is an image of a Gorgon with salamanders, snakes and hearts on a relief from an Attic amphora dating from the seventh to the fifth century BCE. Marija Gimbutas believed that the images on this relief were inherited from the Neolithic.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p.48
Hekate on Boeotian vase in the geometric styleShannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p.140 Hekate©Robert Hill
Bear Worship by the Ainu, Painting 1870, Photo by PHGCOMhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AinuBearSacrificeCirca1870.jpg
Research published in the November 2012 issue of the Genetics Society of America's journal Genetics reported that
Northern European populations including British, Scandinavians, French, and some Eastern Europeans descend from a mixture of two very different ancestral populations, and one of these populations is related to Native Americans.http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.ca/2012/11/ native-americans-and-northern-europeans.html
Some of these groups were discussed in my books, The Nummo and Day of the Fish, because they share common beliefs associated with the Dogon religion. Some archaeologists claim that none of these groups have had any past connection. If these groups weren't connected in the past, then how come they share the same DNA? This genetic discovery helps to confirm my research.
One important connection between these groups, which I discuss in Day of the Fish, is bear worship.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 213-220
Bear worship is found in many "North American and North Eurasian ethnic circumpolar religions such as the Sami, Nivkh, Ainu, and pre-Christian Finns. There are also a number of deities, from Celtic Gaul and Britain, associated with the bear and the bear is featured on many totems throughout northern cultures that carve them. Bear worship may have been practiced as far back as the Middle paleolithic period amongst Neanderthal societies."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_worship
The significance of the bear in Old European rituals is supported by the number of bear vases produced continuously from the 7th to the 3rd millennia BCE. Many of the symbols suggest an association with the snake and water as a source of life. Gimbutas reported that Bear Madonnas, or women wearing bear masks and holding cubs, are known from the Vinca art of the 5th millennium BCE.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 217
The Greek name Arcadia derives from Arkades, which means People of the Bear. The Arcadians of Greece claimed descent from Arkas, the patron deity of the land, whose name meant bear.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 213-220 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 fishs tail and the inhabitants of the region believed her to be the goddess Artemis. I believe that this fish-tailed figure is associated with the fish-tailed alien Nummo, known to the Dogon people. The ancestors of the Merovingians were said to be connected with Arcadias royal house and myths about the Merovingians said they were descended from aliens and were associated with sea creatures.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 26
Some of the Ainu people of Japan, who are descendants of the ancient Jomon, Mesolithic-Neolithic hunters and gatherers in about 14,000 to 300 BCE, are also Descendants of the bear (Kimun Kamui sanikiri).Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 26
Artemis (Dianas) temple at Ephesus, an ancient Greek city located in the western part of Turkey, was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. This shows the respect that ancient people had for this goddess.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 25
According to Harold Bayley, the Greeks believed it was the constellation called the Great Bear that kept watch over the Earth. Some North American Native tribes believed that the Bear was immortal.
Bayley further reported that "the seven great stars that constitute the Great Bear have not the faintest resemblance to the form of a bear, yet they appear to be known almost universally . [T]he constellation was once known as the Sheepfold; and it would appear from the emblem herewith that the Great Bear was regarded as a symbol of the Great Spirit, the Triple Perfection the Light of the World, the Alpha and Omega, or Jesus Christ."Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 214 The Mistress of Speech was known as the Seventh Ancestor, which may have some association with these seven stars.
My research points to the fact that the bear was worshipped all across Europe and was a key element of the ancient Pagan religion, a religion that I associate with the Dogon religion. My research points to this religion as being the oldest religion in the world.
Legends of Christian saints taming bears were a recurrent motif used by the Church to symbolize the victory of Christianity over Paganism. According to one myth, Saint Corbinian (c. 670 - c. 730) was a Frankish bishop who tamed a bear and made him carry his baggage over the mountains. The saddled bear of St. Corbinian the emblem of Freising, a town in Bavaria, Germany, is incorporated in the coat of arms of the current Pope Benedict XVI, shown below, along with keys and a sea shell, other important symbols associated with the pagan religion.
Coat of Arms of Pope Benedict XVIhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:
BXVI_CoA_like_gfx_PioM.sv Author : Piotr Michal Jaworski; PioM EN DE PL
The Popes miter, which looks like a fish head, appears on top of the coat of arms. The Popes ring is known as the fishermans ring, and depicts an engraving of a hall of fishes. All of these symbols suggest that the pagan religion that existed in Europe was the same religion that had been practised by the Dogon people.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 213-220 This same religion was also practised in ancient North and Central America.
Artists Conception of Our Sun as a Red Giant by B. JacobsArt created and donated to Wikipedia by B. Jacobs.
Sun_Red_Giant.jpg The remains of artificial structures
on Earth after the Sun enters its red
giant phase and swells to roughly 100
times its current size.
I've been researching the Dogon religion for almost 13 years and when I read recently in a minor footnote that the red star emme ya tolo had exploded,Griaule and Dieterlen, The Pale Fox p. 507 I was blown away to say the least. (no pun intended) There has been much ink devoted to this star, which was identified by Griaule and Dieterlen in The Pale Fox, as existing in the Sirius star system. Robert Temple wrote that this star was a red dwarf in his book The Sirius Mystery, and the star was thought to have been discovered in 1995 by two French astronomers, who called it Sirius C. Since we now know that the star exploded, it means that emme ya tolo was a red giant and not a red dwarf star, as was earlier believed. The Nummo's planet or world associated with the star was likely consumed by the red giant star as it expanded into space. This video by NASA tells us what happens when suns become red giants. Fried Planets
For me this little footnote in The Pale Fox spoke volumes as the symbols I had already established from my earlier research started to make complete sense in the context of the solar system. Through this one little footnote, I was able to learn that this red giant had been a threat to life in our solar system.
Satan, by Gustave Doré, in John Milton's Paradise Lost
I was sent this link from Sherry Bartley this morning about Satan (the opposer) and I feel it is important to clarify why I believe that Satan was the Jackal in the Dogon religion. In Isaiah, Lucifer was called the fallen angel and was not only identified with Satan but with the planet Venus when it appeared as the morning star. In the Dogon religion, the planet Venus was a symbol of the Jackal.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech p. 127 The Jackal was the evil figure in the Dogon religion and associated with the destruction of the Earth and the Nummos' world.
Patriarchal cultures later reversed the symbols associated with the Jackal and males, and the Nummo and females. The Nummo were known as "the Serpent" in the Dogon and other pagan religions so instead of it being a symbol of good as it had been in the earlier religions, the patriarchal fathers turned it into a symbol of evil.
As a result of this switch, many people today associate the image of a serpent with the devil or Satan. According to the great mythologist, Joseph Campbell, the Serpent had been revered in the Levant for at least seven thousand years before the composition of the Book of Genesis.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech p. 234 We know from Ogotemmêli that the primarily female hermaphroditic Nummo were self-fertilizing amphibians. My research indicates that because of this they were identified with the sacred feminine and the goddess.
Goddesses, not gods, were the focus of Neolithic European religion. For instance, twenty times more female figurines than male figurines were excavated from Neolithic European sites. In The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler points out that the focus of Neolithic art appears to have been the unity of all things in nature, and the supreme power governing the universe was the divine Mother, personified by the Goddess. Marija Gimbutas wrote that, "the persistence of Goddess worship for more than 20,000 years, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic and beyond, is shown by the continuity of a variety of a series of conventional images." Goddesses and heroines were often described as having given birth parthenogenetically; that is they became pregnant autonomously, without the fertilization of man or god.
We know from Ogotemmêli that the Nummo created and regenerated life in the smithy, which was their spaceship. This means they were familiar with biological engineering and genetics. All of these factors would contribute to the idea of parthenogenesis. They were also immortal beings who were considered more spiritually advanced than humans.
Old Europe was a culture that was "egalitarian and peaceful." This all changed with the influx of the ancestors of the Indo-Europeans who were "patriarchal, stratified, mobile, and war-oriented." These aggressive semi-nomadics disturbed most of central and eastern Europe during the fourth millennium BCE. In her book, Whence the Goddess, Miriam Robbins Dexter points out that domination was part of the patriarchal world view whereas the earlier societies had held an equalitarian world view.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 163
These patriarchal fathers from the warring tribes whose traditions have come down to us in Judaism and Christianity, as well as in the Greek and Roman myths, didn't like the fact that the male figure was associated with evil in the earlier religion. It was these male leaders who were responsible for reversing the earlier religious symbols. My research indicates that when the figures in the earlier religion were reversed in Christianity and Judaism, the spiritually immortal Nummo (the Goddesses) were transformed into evil serpents and identified with the devil or Satan. Joseph Campbell refers to this moment in history as the birth of the sun king. In the Dogon religion the Nummo were symbolized by the sun and the Jackal was symbolized by the moon. Campbell reports:
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.
When this reversal happened, the original evil figure, the Jackal, became Yahweh, the God of Judaism, who went on to become the God of Christianity. The figure below shows a second and first century amulet of the snake-footed man known as the Anguipede, or the snake-footed god. On this amulet, the Anguipede has soft, serpent-like legs. Before the single-sexed male Jackal was regenerated his body had a human appearance, but his arms and legs were flexible like serpents after the arms of the Great Nummo.
Snake-footed God as YahwehShannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 165
According to Campbell, this snake-footed god was identified as Iaw. Iao, a variant spelling, is a form of the Tetragrammaton, the four Hebrew letters used to represent the unspoken Name of the God of Judaism. The amulet above shows the name Yahweh beneath this rooster-headed snake god. The rooster was a symbol of the Jackal as he was depicted on the walls of Dogon totemic shrines. The Jackal was identified with the Dogon word Yo, which meant to enter like a thief to grab something. Whether this has an ancient association with the Hebrew word Iao is unknown.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 165
According to Campbell, many Jews of the second and first centuries wore these types of amulets. He refers to II Maccabees 12:32-45, which tells us that when the bodies of several Jews who had died fighting for Yahweh were prepared for burial there was discovered on each an amulet of the idols of Jamnia. Jamnia was an ancient city in central Israel. Its 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. A dedication from Delos showed that in association with the cult at Jamnia all animals except goats could be sacrificed. This is an important reference because besides being symbolized by the moon and a rooster, in the Dogon religion, the Jackal was most often known by reference to a dog, fox or goat. He was also symbolized by the colour white, whereas the Nummo and the Mistress of Speech were symbolized by the colour red.
The changes that occured in Judaism and Christianity never occured in the Dogon religion. The immortal, primarily female, hermaphroditic Nummo were still identified with the sun in the 1930's when Griaule and Dieterlen first encountered the Dogon. Lébé, a key figure in the religion, who was also primarily female, was still symbolized by the lion.
12th-century AD Sheela Na gig from St. Marys and St. Davids Church, Kilpeck, Herefordshire, England.John Harding, Wikimedia Commons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SheelaWiki.jpg www.sheelanagig.org
After watching one of the Ancient Alien shows about the 11,700 year old temple at Gobekli Tepe, I felt compelled to do some research on the site to see how the symbols there compared to the Dogon religion. What I discovered is that the symbols found at Gobekli Tepe are the same symbols that were known to the Dogon people and which have been discussed in my books. This is also the same religion that the anthropologist Marija Gimbutas identified as the Goddess religion of Old Europe. One of the most interesting things I discovered while researching Gobekli Tepe is that there is a frog-like Sheela Na gig found in a drawing carved into a stone slab on the floor of the Gobekli Tepe Lowenpfeilergebaude. The naked woman is depicted in a sitting position with straddled legs. Two standing pillars with lions sculpted in relief are protecting her.http://medusacoils.blogspot.ca/2009/03/worlds-first-Sheela-na-gig-at-worlds.html Lydia Ruyle The lion was a symbol of Lébé in the Dogon religion, and because she was a hermaphrodite she was usually portrayed as two lions, which would associate her with these two pillars. Lébé was considered the mother of humanity. You rarely hear of this Sheela Na gig image from Gobekli Tepe, which was pointed out in a blog article by Lydia Ruyle.
According to Gimbutas, Sheela Na gig, a figure which has been found incorporated into old churches in medieval Ireland and England, was none other than the ancient frog or toad goddess, the birth giver and regeneratrix inherited from the Neolithic. Frogs are important symbols associated with the Dogon religion because frogs are amphibians like the Nummo. Frogs appear throughout the Neolithic and are discussed in detail in my latest book, Day of the Fish.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 44 Gimbutas discusses the significance of the frog and toad image to Goddess mythology:
The frog and toad image, along with the frog-shaped woman displaying her vulva, appears across a wide time span, not only during the European and Anatolian Neolithic but in the Near East, China, and the Americas. Several closely related frog deity images in Egypt and the Near East help explain the function of this goddess. Egyptians revered the frog as Heket, primordial mother of all existence. In the early predynastic period (around 3100 BCE), she was portrayed as a woman with a frog head, or as a frog or toad impersonating the goddess. "Frog" was her hieroglyphic sign. Heket controlled fecundity and regeneration after death.
I believe that stories about the Eight Nummo Ancestors also appear in Egyptian myths in the tales of the Ogdoad of Khmunu (Hermopolis), four frog gods and four snake goddesses of chaos. Other images found at Göbekli Tepe also relate to the Dogon religion reaffirming my conclusion in Day of the Fish that the Dogon religion is the oldest religion in the world. For more information on Gobekli Tepe refer to this article, The Symbols at Gobekli Tepe.
Stages of the solar eclipse May 20 by Brocken Inagloryhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: Solar_Eclipse_May_20,2012.jpg
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth and fully or partly covers the sun as viewed from a location on Earth. This can only happen during a new moon, when the sun and moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth. The Dogon depicted the separation of humans from the Nummo by drawing a diagram with the sun (the Nummo and divine feminine) on the right and the moon (humans/the Jackal) on the left, with a line between them. In the Dogon religion, the union of the sun and moon symbolized the union of humans with the Nummo, and a return to androgyny and immortality. A solar eclipse is also known as the Ring of Fire, which is shown in the picture above. During the fire festivals of Europe, mistletoe was collected on a new moon. These festivals, which I discuss in "Day of the Fish," are associated with the stolen fire and human regeneration in the Dogon religion.
Prior to the Mistress of Speechs sacrifice and regeneration her umbilical cord, which had been planted, came to life and transformed itself into a tree known as the kilena. It was this tree that the Mistress of Speech was tied to when she was sacrificed. The Dogon said the kilena tree had the power to revive the dead. According to the Dogon, during the regeneration process the yayaga plant, which was fed by the Mistress of Speech's sacrificial blood, grew on the kilena tree in the same way that mistletoe grows on an oak. The yayaga plant represented a purification of the withered tree."Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 226 I believe that it is because the sacrificial blood looked like mistletoe that mistletoe became associated with the fire festivals of Europe.
The Dogon described how the Nummo spaceship, symbolized by the sun, had moved to the west after the Mistress of Speech's regeneration. It then struck her on the forehead with some kind of current that sent a shock into the nape of her neck, spine, and kidneys. In the Dogon village, women wore a leather and metal strap to show the place where the sun (the spaceship) struck the Mistress of Speech's forehead. In the folklore of Europe, in some cases, it was thought that mistletoe plants were brought to Earth when lightning struck a tree in a blaze of gold.
Frazer found that the modern Ainu of Japan, who also worshipped a fire goddess, agreed with the Druids that mistletoe was a cure for almost every disease and with the ancient Italians who applied it to women to help them bear children. Frazer also referred to the fact that the mistletoe had to be shot down in order for it to be powerful. In the Dogon religion, the lightning bolt came from the spaceship which was in the sky above. According to Frazer, the fire festivals existed long before Christianity and were Christianized by naming Midsummer Day after St. John the Baptist. "Whatever their origin, they have prevailed all over this quarter of the globe, from Ireland on the west to Russia on the east, and from Norway and Sweden on the north to Spain and Greece on the south."Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 202-206
According to the Dogon, the blood from the Mistress of Speechs sacrifice and regeneration nourished the universe and rid it of its impurities. She shared her body with humans to feed them, and it was said that the universe drank his [her] body . He [She] gave all his [her] living principles to human beings.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 209
"Eclipses of the sun and moon always come in groups. A solar eclipse is always accompanied by a lunar eclipse two weeks before or after it, since over those two weeks the moon travels halfway around in its orbit and is likely to form another almost straight line with the Earth and sun." The full moon on Monday June 4 will dip through Earth's shadow early Monday in a partial lunar eclipse that promises to impress skywatchers.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/ 47648602/ns/technology_and_science-space/ A lunar eclipse also symbolizes the union of Humans with the Nummo.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 207
50004000 BCEThis serpent Madonna was once located at the Baghdad Museum. The current location is unknown. Information on this Ur Madonnas is found in Day of the Fish pp. 20-34
I believe that because the Nummo were self-fertilizing hermaphrodites 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 about 5000 years.
If we look at the Madonna figure from Ur, found in southern Iraq from a prehistoric village of the Ubaid culture, which dates from 5000-4000 BCE, she looks like a serpent with slanted eyes and a casque on her head. This is exactly how the Nummo were described by the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli. This figure's tail has been broken off but other Ur Madonna figurines are depicted with fishtails. One such figure is found in the British Museum. 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 that stretched from below the breasts to the abdomen. 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. Similar circular protrusions appear on the shoulders and elbows of this Ur figurine. These circular markings that look like bumps are an unusual aspect of these statues. Because the Nummo were identified with the sacred feminine, these bumps were mimicked by the Dogon women in wearing arm and wrist bracelets. Ogotemmêli reported that "all that adorns the Spirit of Water also belongs to women."Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 308
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 didnt 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.
7 Verso, the Virgin and Child in the Book of KellsThe Book of Kells 7 Verso, Folio of the Virgin and Child
An example of the Christian Madonna is shown above 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
The Nummo Serpent
©Robert Hill 2011
Day of the Fish p. 305
The rainbow was an important symbol in the Dogon religion. Not only did it describe the trail that the spaceship left as it moved through the sky but it symbolized the appearance of the Nummo. The Nummo's skin was primarily green, but like the chameleon, it sometimes changed colours. It was said to at times have all the colours of the rainbow.
The picture on the left, appeared on one of the Dogon sanctuaries, and symbolized the head and body of the Great Nummo. It was made of four lines of four colors which denoted the rainbow and the four alchemical elements from "the outside to the inside, respectively, water (black), fire (red), air (white) and earth (ochre)." The sinuous shape of the figure portrayed the falling of rain "represented on the inside by black dots, and the water flowing on the ground." Water was a symbol of the Nummo in the Dogon religion. The image recalled the Nummo on Earth, which in the Dogon religion was a symbol of immortality. It was associated with the Mistress (Master) of Speech, who was immortal. The drawing was likewise a diagram of the rainbow.
My research reveals that the alien Nummo were associated with the Rainbow Serpents that appeared in the art and mythology of Aboriginal Australia dating back to 6000 years ago. The picture below is an Australian Aboriginal rock painting of The Rainbow Serpent.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 308
Rainbow Serpent, Mark O'Neilwww.DigitalTribes.com http://en. wikipedia.org/wiki/ File:RainbowSerpent.jpg
The name the Rainbow Serpent was coined in 1926 by Professor Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, a British anthropologist specialising in Australian Aboriginal ethnology and ethnography, who determined that many Australian Aboriginal groups shared variations of a common myth telling of an unusually powerful, creative, and often dangerous snake or serpent of enormous size who was associated with rainbows, rain, rivers, and deep waterholes and descended from a larger being visible as a dark streak in the Milky Way.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Serpent Rainbow Serpent
The "star of the Milky Way" was important to the Dogon. Griaule and Dieterlen thought the term might refer to Saturn, because the star of the Milky Way was described as being a bulging funeral urn. The opening of the funeral urn was surrounded by a bulge, which represented the star's permanent halo. I believe the Dogon were actually talking about the Milky Way itself, which is our own galaxy. This picture is an "artist's conception of the spiral structure of the Milky Way with two major stellar arms and a central bar."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:236084 main_ MilkyWay-full-annotated.jpg
Artist's Rendition of The Milky Way NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurthttp://www.spitzer. caltech.edu/Media/ releases/ssc2008-10/ssc2008-10b.shtml
Comparing the Milky Way to our observations of another galaxy, scientists have determined what it might look like to an observer from another galaxy. When viewed from the side, a picture of another galaxy shows "the central bulge of the nucleus." There is also a "halo, which is a spherical region, centered on the nucleus, with a radius of about 50,000 light years. This halo contains very old stars, produced early on when the galaxy was still forming. Most of these stars are in vast collections called globular clusters."Reiterer Martin, Reiterer Stefan, Dinhobl Erhard,
The Milky Way-our galaxy, ESO
http://www.eso.org/public/ outreach/eduoff/cas/ cas2002/cas-projects/austria_milky_1/ 2007. The Dogon drew the picture of the star of the Milky Way under the urn during a consecration of the altar to the ancestors (vageu). All the other deceased members of the lineage were placed in a spiral around it. These ancestors likely symbolized the old stars that were produced when the galaxy was forming. Our galaxy is only one of billions of galaxies in the universe.Nigel Bannister. The Milky Way http://www.star.le.ac.uk/edu/mway/ July 5, 1999. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /File:236084main_MilkyWay-full-annotated.jpg
"This dazzling infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows hundreds of thousands of stars crowded into the swirling core of our spiral Milky Way galaxy. In visible-light pictures, this region cannot be seen at all because dust lying between Earth and the galactic center blocks our view."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: Milky_Way_IR_Spitzer.jpg
The Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescopehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /File:Milky_Way_IR_Spitzer.jpg
I wrote Dreamtime and the Dogon in 2010 for New Dawn magazine. The article compares Dogon myths about the Nummo with Australian aboriginal myths about the Rainbow Serpent. For more detailed information on the Rainbow serpent you can also refer to Day of the Fish.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ File:Andersen-hc.jpg
I had a brief discussion on Facebook the other day with someone telling me how intersexed people felt emotionally drawn to the mermaid myth. In lieu of my research on the Dogon religion, I found this fascinating. I tried to find some information about this and discovered that sure enough one of the support groups for intersexed children and teenagers is called Mermaids. One of the reasons that this is so unique is that when I was researching The Nummo and Day of the Fish, Hans Christen Andersen (1805-1875) kept coming up in my research. He is the author of both The Little Mermaid, and The Flax. The symbols in these stories were drawn to my attention because they are very similar to symbols found in the Dogon religion. I discovered that many of Andersen's stories were based on Danish folktales that he had heard as a child. These were oral tales that had been passed on from generation to generation and like the stories from the Dogon religion, I believe they must have been based on ancient religious myths.Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 87-88
I also discovered that Andersen was believed to have been intersexed. The Hans Christian Andersen Center reports, to a large extent, Andersen was a spiritually androgynous person or, as Søren Kierkegaard put it in Af en endnu Levendes Papirer (1838; Early Polemical Writings 1990): he is like those flowers where the male and the female sit on one stalk). Andersen, who was born in the town of Odense, Denmark was rumoured to have been the illegitimate son of the royal family. When Andersen was young, King Frederick VI took a personal interest in him paying for part of his education.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Christian_Andersen King Frederick VIs mother was Queen Matilda, the sister of King George VIII of Britain. She was known for shocking the Danish public by riding through town dressed as a man.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_ Matilda_of_Great_Britain (see photo below) King Frederick VIs father was Christian VII of Denmark, who was mentally ill and rumored to have been a homosexual.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_VII_of_Denmark
My research indicates that some of the Royals in Europe, including the Stuarts, who were part of the Merovingian bloodline, were familiar with myths about the hermaphroditic Nummo and the Eight Ancestors. Myths about the Merovingians report that they were descended from aliens and Mérovée, the ancestor of the Merovingians, was reported to have been the child of a sea creature. (For more information on this read my series on Shugborough, Rennes Le Chateaus and Secret Societies.) The Merovingian bloodline was an important element of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code, where the Frankish royal family was believed to be descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. My research indicates that this bloodline is much older than the biblical myths of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. It is associated with beliefs that predate Christianity by millennia. Instead of being the child of the biblical Jesus and Mary Magdalene, these myths associate Mérovée with the alien Nummo.
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. I believe that Mérovée may have been the offspring of the First and Second Ancestors, referred to by the Dogon. Although primarily male, these ancestors were both hermaphrodites. The second experiment was supposed to be successful as long as procreation was controlled. A love affair between these two ancestors and the birth of their child ruined the second genetic engineering experiment and caused humans to lose their immortality and androgyny. All of the Eight Ancestors were part human and part Nummo and had a human upper body and a fish tailed lower body.
Andersen may have been privy to secret information about the ancient religion and the Merovingians through King Fredrick VI. Andersen may have even discovered the truth about our aquatic and androgynous origins and learned how special he really was. His story The Ugly Duckling, which is about an ugly little duck who is born different, suffers abuse, and then matures into a beautiful swan, may parallel his own life and revelation. A crowned dragon, an image which I associate with the Nummo, a crowned lion (the lion is a symbol of Lébé), a swan with a crown around its neck, a horse (another symbol of the Nummo) and various other lions appear on the Royal Arms of Denmark and Norway from 1699 to 1819. (shown below). There are also eight hearts around the three lions on the top left of the Royal Arms that may symbolize the Eight Ancestors. Hearts are an important symbol that I discuss in Day of the Fish. The swan on the Royal Arms may have been the source for the swan in Andersen's story of The Ugly Duckling.
Royal Arms of Norway and Denmark (1600-1819)http://commons. wikimedia.org/wiki/File: Royal_Arms_of_Norway_%26_ Denmark_(1699-1819).svg
According to the Dogon, as a result of the Nummos third experiment, future humans would eventually evolve back into immortal, androgynous beings and regain their aquatic attributes. If what the Dogon tell us is the truth, then is it possible that individuals born intersexed are evidence of the genetic changes that are supposed to occur in humanity over time? One of the main themes that emerges from the Dogon religion is that our genetic makeup is connected to our spiritual essence. Is it possible that through their DNA, these individuals are more spiritually connected to the Nummo?
In the past, the medical community has convinced some intersexed people with ambiguous external genitalia to have their genitalia surgically modified to resemble either female or male genitals.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersex Parents were convinced to do this as soon as their intersexed children were born to hide their intersexed genitalia from society. Since the advancements in surgery have made it possible for intersex conditions to be concealed, many people are not aware of how frequently intersex conditions arise in human beings or that they occur at all. Contemporary social activists, scientists and health practitioners, among others, have begun to revisit the issue. Awareness of the existence of physical sexual variation in human beings has increased. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersex
During Marcel Griaule's time spent with the Dogon during the 1930s and 40s, he witnessed the continuous celebration of twin births because twins symbolized the androgynous Nummo. According to Griaule, the celebration of twin births was a cult that extended all over Africa at that time. The birth of twins was a reminder of the immortal Nummo and humanity's loss of twinness and androgyny. My research in Day of the Fish reveals that twins were once celebrated in many areas of the world. It is amazing how quickly old beliefs are forgotten, suppressed and in some instances reversed by conquering cultures. We think of this happening in ancient history but there is evidence that this has occurred in Africa over the past 70 to 80 years. It was told to me recently that female twins in their early 20s, feared for their safety on a recent trip to Kenya, because twins are now considered evil there. It is shocking to think how fast these beliefs have changed. For more information on twins and Dogon beliefs refer to my book, Day of the Fish.
The Land Baby by John Collier 1899
Besides being shapeshifters like cephalopods, the Nummo were also described as being a type of catfish because of their barbs or whiskers. According to the Dogon, the first humans, who were part Nummo, were not only hermaphrodites but that they had lived as a type of catfish and breathed through their clavicles. The Mistress (Master) of Speech, who was the saviour in the Dogon religion, was supposed to be evidence of the genetic modifications that had occurred in the respiratory system that permitted humans to breathe air when they emerged from the waters of the womb. When describing the human fetus, the Dogon said that when the human child was in the belly of its mother, it was like a fish that breathes with its gills, but the moment the child was born, it began to breathe with its tonsils. The shape given to the tonsils was like the head, eyes and barbs of the fish.Griaule and Dieterlen p. 400-401 Although the Mistress of Speech looked human above the waist, below she had a fish tail. Her daughter Lébé, became the mother of all present day humans. The 1899 painting entitled, The Land Baby, by John Collier (above) reminds me of this aspect of the Dogon religion and how humans became land dwelling creatures.
In The Nummo and Day of the Fish, I discuss this Dogon belief in relation to the aquatic ape theory of evolution. Sir Alister Hardy, first wrote about his belief that the reason humans were so different from chimpanzees and apes was because they had spent time living in a semi-aquatic state. His paper, Was Man More Aquatic in the Past? appeared in New Scientist, 17 March 1960. The same idea was independently arrived at by the German scientist, Max Westenhoffer, who had been the first to publish such an account in 1942 in Der eigenweg des menschen (The Road to Man).Coastal People Sir Alister Hardy http://www.riverapes.com/ AAH/Hardy/Hardy.htm 2007 In 1982, Elaine Morgan popularized this theory in The Aquatic Ape, based on Sir Alister Hardy's 1960 theory. According to geneticists, human and chimp DNA is 99.4 percent identical. Chimps are so close to us, in fact, that some scientists believe they should be sitting on our branch in the tree of life.National Geographic News May 20, 2003, John Pickrell, Chimps Belong on Human Branch of Family Tree, Study Says About six to eight million years ago, two groups of apes became separated. The aquatic ape theorists claim that our human ancestors were forced by climate change to live in an aquatic environment and, thanks to the changes associated with that environment, became more advanced than chimpanzees. Afterward, when the environment changed back again, they evolved back into land dwelling creatures.
There are various elements of the human body that support the theory that our ancestors once lived in an aquatic environment. Because humans are so closely linked to primates, there is the question of how humans ended up being hairless. According to Morgan, "humans lost [heavy body hair] for the same reason as the whale and dolphin and the manatee: because if any fairly large aquatic mammal needs to keep warm in water, it is better served by a layer of fat on the inside of the skin than by a layer of hair on the outside of it."Elaine Morgan, The Aquatic Ape. (New York, NY. Stein and Day. 1982) p. 21. She also points out the overwhelming disadvantages of hairlessness for a ground-dwelling ape. "In the first place, body hair, besides being a highly efficient insulator against both cold and heat, serves as a protection against various kinds of lesions."Morgan p. 26
Humans also have some voluntary control over their respiratory system, whereas most other land mammals have no conscious control over their breathing. Aquatic mammals inhale as much air as they need for a dive, then return to the surface to take another breath. Morgan points out that human babies are able to swim not just before they are able to walk, but before they are able to crawl. Babies in their first year of life appear to be quite as happy with their heads under water as above it. Morgan p. 79 During the first year of their lives, they have an inborn reflex that stops them from breathing during short spells underwater, so no water can get into their lungs. Compared with all other monkeys and apes the human baby is born too heavy relative to the weight of the mother. This happens to no other primate fetus. Morgan says this make sense if you are launching the newborn infant into a watery environment.Morgan p. 81
There are various other differences that she discusses in her book including the fact that humans are the only mammals whose normal method of locomotion is walking on two legs. This bipedalism she attributed to human ancestors having lived in water. According to the Dogon, these changes had more to do with the Nummos' genetic engineering experiment than with human evolution.
Stories about mermaids exist all over the world. A mermaid even appears on the Warsaw coat of arms, which began in the middle of the 14th century. This may have been due to the fact that in 1573 the city gave its name to the Warsaw Confederation and formally established religious freedom in the PolishLithuanian Commonwealth. I believe that beliefs about the Nummo were known all over the world at one time but were suppressed in many places by the Roman Catholic Church and the Inquisition. Here is a coat of arms of Warsaw dating from 1652, which appeared on an accounting book of the city.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid
1659 Warsaw Coat of Arms
According to Wikipedia,
"claimed sightings of dead or living mermaids have come from places as diverse as Java and British Columbia. There are two Canadian reports from the area of Vancouver and Victoria, one from sometime between 1870 and 1890, the other from 1967. In some of the earliest accounts of Blackbeard's sail logs in the BBC documentary Pirates, he instructed his crew on several voyages to steer away from charted waters which he called "enchanted" for fear of Merfolk or mermaids, which Blackbeard and many members of the crew reported seeing and documenting."
In August 2009, in the town of Kiryat Yam in Israel "dozens of people reported seeing a mermaid leaping out of the water like a dolphin and doing aerial tricks before returning to the depths." In February of this year, "work on two reservoirs near the towns of Gokwe and Mutare in Zimbabwe stopped when workers refused to work there, claiming that mermaids had hounded them away from the sites. The claim was reported by Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, Water Resources Minister."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid
I find these reports particularly interesting in lieu of what my research has taught me about the Nummo and the Eight Ancestors.
Belarusian Eggs by Viktar Palsciuk
Robert Graves associated the hyacinth-coloured egg of the Greek goddess Leda with the blood-red Easter egg of the Druids, called the glain, for which they searched every year by the sea shore. In Celtic myth it was laid by the goddess as sea-serpent. The serpent-like and fish-tailed Mistress of Speech from the Dogon religion, who was part human and part Nummo, was symbolized by the colour red. She was the hermaphroditic saviour of humanity and the hope for the world.
The Greek goddess Leda, who laid the Easter egg in Greek myth, was known as Nemesis, a name which means "righteous anger." It is directed against those who have violated order, especially the order of nature and who have disregarded nature's laws and norms. This may be associated with the failed biological experiment occurring on Earth. The sacrifice and regeneration, which were associated with the Mistress of Speech and the birth of Lébé in the Dogon religion, were supposed to help humans find their way back to truth and immortality.
This is a picture of the Egg Moon taken a few moments ago. The full moon before Easter is known as the Egg Moon and is the first moon after March 21.
The Egg Moon©Shannon Dorey
The Nummo were supposed to return to Earth during a full moon. The planet Venus, the Moon and the colour white were all symbols of the Jackal (the first human) in the Dogon religion. During a lunar eclipse, which only happens during a full moon, the earth is positioned between the Sun and the moon. The Sun is a symbol of the Nummo and the moon is a symbol of the Jackal. This event symbolizes a reunion of humans or the Jackal with the Nummo.
The planet Jupiter was another symbol of the Nummo and the Mistress (Master) of Speech and associated with the mythical hunt, which in the Dogon religion was about human regeneration. On March 15, Venus was in conjunction with Jupiter. This would also symbolically represent the reunion of humans (Jackal) with the Nummo and the Mistress (Master) of Speech.
The Mistress of Speech was the Seventh of the Eight Ancestors and her and her seven siblings were symbolized by the Pleiades star system. On April 3, Venus met up with the Pleiades creating a Venus-Pleiades conjunction. This also symbolically suggests a union of humans with the Eight Ancestors, who were part human and part Nummo. This conjunction only occurs once every eight years. Here is a link to a picture of the Venus-Pleiades conjunction.
Venus, a symbol of humans and the Jackal, was identified as an egg going through an incubation period. The transit of Venus across the disk of the Sun is a rare planetary alignment. It occurs twice in an eight-year period that comes every 121.5 or 105.5 years. This special type of eclipse, which last occurred in 2004 (the first time the transit had occurred in 121.5 years), represents the union of Venus with the Sun. In Dogon mythology, this once again symbolically represents the reunion of humans or the Jackal with the Nummo. The next transit of Venus is to occur on June 5-6 this year, eight years after the one in 2004. These numerical associations are significant. The number eight is the number of the Eight Ancestors, who play a very important role in the Dogon religion. The two eclipses also suggest duality. Because the Nummo were hermaphrodites, they were always identified as being twins. The number 120 represented the duality of the egg, or androgyny and immortality. The final position of Venus showed the completion of the sacrifice, the purification it brought about, and the complete reestablishment of order in the universe disrupted by the Jackal. The final position of Venus may have something to do with the double eclipse of Venus in June. A partial lunar eclipse and full moon are also to appear on June 4.
The Nummo, the Mistress (Master) of Speech and Lébé were all immortal hermaphrodites and were the three mothers of humanity. They were associated with the three experiments, three words and the three human creations. In the Dogon religion, they were symbolized by a scorpion and associated with what we know of as the the three stars in the hunter's sword of Orion, stars known to the Dogon people as the three scorpions. Before patriarchy, these three stars were likely identified with the sacred feminine. In Greece they were probably associated with the Greek goddess Artemis, who was known as the goddess of the hunt. The Orion Nebula is visible with the naked eye and is the middle "star" in the sword of Orion, which the Dogon would have identified with the Mistress of Speech, who was associated with the hunt in the Dogon religion. Her DNA was used in the birth of Lébé, who was the mother of all present day humans. "The Orion Nebula is an example of a stellar nursery where new stars are being born. Observations of the nebula have revealed approximately 700 stars in various stages of formation within the nebula."(Orion Nebula) This would make the Orion Nebula a perfect symbol for the role the Mistress (Master) of Speech plays in the mythology. The Dogon religion was told to initiates using the stars as symbols.
Orion Nebula ESA/Hubble
There are certainly a lot of interesting star conjunctions this year that might suggest that something exciting is about to happen.
The importance of this picture from the Codex Glazier, which is a 4th-5th century manuscript of the New Testament in Coptic, is that it shows an anvil beneath an ankh cross. In the Dogon religion, the hammer, in the shape of a cross, was a symbol of the male aspect of the hermaphroditic Nummo. The bottom of the hammer was identified with the Nummos tail and the top of the cross and sides were his outstretched arms, head and chest. The anvil was a symbol of the female aspect of the Nummo and because the anvil was associated with the sacred feminine, it was later removed from religious manuscripts.
Codex Glazier manuscript of the New Testament in Coptic; It contains text of Book of Acts 1:1-15:3; Wikipedia
I found several anvils on Celtic Pictish stones in Scotland when I was there doing research a few years ago, including one at Abernethy Village, Scotland, which was the principal seat of the Pictish kingdom. The anvil also appears in Welsh myths that were the basis of the Arthurian legends. We get the famous image of the sword stuck in an anvil on top of a stone from the version of the story told by Robert de Boron. His introduction of an anvil on top of a stone is also found in his 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 Arthur was the true king.Anno Domini
According to Robert Graves, the Welsh myths were rewritten by the Norman-French trouvères and Malory, who had no knowledge of or interest in the historical and religious meaning of the myths that they handled. In Sir Thomas Malorys Le Morte dArthur, the horsewoman who bursts into Arthurs court was called the Lady of the Lake. (Ward Rutherford, Celtic Lore, p. 164.) In Sparta, the Greek goddess Artemis was known as the Lady of the Lake in her association with Britomartis. (Graves, The Greek Myths p. 299) The horse was a symbol of the Nummo in the Dogon religion. (The Master of Speech p. 197 & The Nummo p. 24) Nimue, the foster-mother of Sir Lancelot, raised him beneath the murky waters of her lake. She was responsible for creating the sword Excalibur. This work seems to reiterate her connection with the Nummo and the smithy. (The Nummo p. 17) The Nummo spaceship also resided under water.
The cock (rooster), a symbol of males and the Jackal in the Dogon religion, appears in the center top of the ankh cross. The cock was used as a nickname for medieval and Renaissance-era masons and my research shows that the Smiths hammer later became the Masonic hammer. It was also the source for the title of the witchs hunters manual Malleus Maleficarum (Latin for The Hammer of Witches) which remained in use for 300 years and had tremendous influence in the witch trials in England and on the continent. (See Chapter 12, The Witchs Hammer, in Day of the Fish p. 244)
Kathy Jensen sent me a picture of three female deities who were known as the Latin mothers and venerated in North-West Europe from the 1st to the 5th century AD. These goddesses, who were depicted almost entirely in groups of three, some with Celtic and others with Germanic inscriptions, were found in the regions of Germania, Eastern Gaul, and upper Italy.
Terracotta relief of the Matres, from Bibracte, city of the Aedui in Gaul Wkipedia
These three mothers, who were also known as the Triple Goddess, were discussed in my books, Day of the Fish and The Nummo because three mothers were also venerated in the Dogon religion. They included the Nummo, the Mistress of Speech, and Lébé. In my second book, The Nummo, I discuss the Celtic water goddess Coventina, who was also depicted as a Triple Goddess as shown in this woodcut of a 2nd century stone relief from Coventina's Well in Carrawburgh, Northumberland, England.
This woodcut is published in The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells Of England, including Rivers, Lakes, Fountains and Springs. Copiously Illustrated By Curious Original Woodcuts. by Robert Charles Hope, F.S.A., F.R.S.L., in 1893 Wikipedia
According to Miranda Green, Coventina was worshipped in Britain, North-west Spain, and at Narbonne in southern Gaul. On another stone image, Coventina is depicted 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 is a symbol identified with the Nummo in the Dogon religion. I believe the overturned pitcher is a symbol of a Dogon religious object, which when turned over, represented all matter being poured over the Earth after the Nummos' experiment. In Day of the Fish I associate these depictions with Greek myths about the Water Carriers, myths which my research reveals are about regeneration.
Coventina is likewise associated with the Lady of the Lake from the Arthurian Legends. 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 Coventina. According to Graves, "the `Lady of the Lake', was also called `the White Serpent', `Nimue' and `Vivien', whom Professor Rhys in his Arthurian Legend identifies with Rhiannon." The Nummo looked like serpents and when the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli spoke of the Nummo, he most often referred to them as "The Serpent." Nimue, the foster-mother of Sir Lancelot, raised him beneath the murky waters of her lake. The Nummo were fish-tailed beings and their spaceships resided under water and underground. Nimue was also responsible for creating the sword Excalibur. (Britannia.com) This work seems to reiterate Nimue's connection with the Nummo who were known as Heaven's Smiths. Rhiannon was likewise associated with horse symbolism and the horse was also a symbol of the Nummo and related to the Nummo's spaceship or ark. The stacked round wooden cups that the Hogon used for ceremonies usually had a lid with a horse on top, representing the Nummo.
The Dogon word in the Wazouba language for "horse" meant "power." (see The Nummo p. 17-18 & p. 83)
"The legs of the object are sometimes a carousel of four horses... `The horses that surround the cup of the Hogon, this is the image of the ark..' 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."
Graves also identified Rhiannon with the mare-headed Demeter. In Greek mythology, Demeter and Persephone were worshipped together as the Twain. I discussed these two goddesses in detail in The Master of Speech. "In Greek myth she [Persephone] symbolized dying vegetation, as her mother, Demeter, represented revived and growing vegetation." According to Vicki Noble, they were also known as "the Demetres, a name that stresses the oneness of their divinity, one goddess in two guises." The Master[Mistress] of Speech in the Dogon religion was perceived as being part human and part Nummo. One part of her was associated with the Earth and mortality and the other part with the Nummos' world and immortality. Mortality meant death in the Dogon religion and immortality meant life. Because she was androgynous, the Mistress of Speech was identified as a `twin'. Demeter was not only the Greek Grain Mother, but she was also associated with fire. In the Dogon religion, grain symbolized the biological nature of the Nummo and fire represented their spiritual nature. The smithy and the granary were the same structure and associated with the Nummo spaceship. It was in the spaceship or the Nummos' smithy where humans were created and regenerated. The narcissus used in the ancient wreath of Demeter and Persephone, called leirion, was the three-petalled blue fleur-de-lis (lily flower), or iris. As I mentioned earlier, the lily was likewise associated with the Nummo.(See The Master of Speech, Chapter 7, The Goddess)
According to Robert Graves, white, red and black; were the colours of the Triple Goddess and these colours were very important in the Dogon religion. Religious drawings on the Dogon sanctuaries appeared using these three colours. (see The Nummo p. 17-18 & p. 83)
I received this photograph of the Hindu goddess Kundalini Shakti from Shanti Mayi. He sent it to me after hearing my interview on Red Ice Radio. Shanti was struck by how much this statue reminded him of descriptions of the Nummo and the Eight Ancestors. According to the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli, besides having green skin, the Nummo were described as fish who were capable of walking on land. When they were on land, the Nummo stood upright on their tails. They were amphibians but when talking about the Nummo, Ogotemmêli quite often referred to them as Serpents. This statue likely symbolizes the Mistress of Speech, who was also known as the Seventh Ancestor in the Dogon religion. She was the saviour of humanity and the hope for the world. If you notice there are seven serpents emerging from behind Kundalini Shakti's head.
I refer to the kundalini in my books The Nummo and Day of the Fish in association with The Threads of Yoga. I believe the The Threads of Yoga may be related to DNA. According to Joseph Campbell in Myths of Light, these threads take on the form of the things that we see. He said that what we see around us are broken images of a perfect form. In the Dogon religion, the different parts of the Mistress of Speech's body, were associated with seven vibrations. The Dogon related the development of the complete signs, which was the creation to the realization of the body, to building a house. When the foundation of the big Dogon family home, known as the ginna, was laid, figures were drawn to reveal the presence of the "word," or DNA, in its different aspects as well as its movement within the body of the Mistress of Speech. Figures were also drawn at the corners of the house that were related to the joints of the Mistress of Speech's body. A seventh figure was drawn at the back of the kitchen, which represented the crown of her head and the fontanel, dana banna or "mark of the skull."
According to Campbell, in order to perceive the perfect form, we have to get the vibrations or energy to stop and connect with the source. In raja yoga the energy is visualized as a coiled serpent. "This is by analogy, a feminine serpent named the kundalini, which means `the coiled-up one'. The idea is to bring this serpent power up the spine to the head so that our whole being will be animated by the serpent power, so that our psyche is drawn up to full flowering. The spine is pictured as a tree with seven centers called wheels, cakras [chakras]." "The aim of the yogi is to encourage the kundalini to rise from its lair at the base of the spine to unite with the lord of the world, who is waiting at the crown of the head in the seventh cakra [chakra], sahasrara." In the Dogon religion, the dana banna, or mark of the skull was compared to a natural mark of the body which evolves like the changing colour of ripening fruit. This suggests that the evolutionary changes that were to occur in humans were to take place in the skull. (see The Master [Mistress] of Speech p.13, The Nummo p. 98 and Day of the Fish p. 294 for more information.)
The Anunnaki are a group of Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian deities. Some of these deities include Oannes, Lahamu and Lahmu, Tiamat, Absu and Enlil. According to Robert Temple, Oannes was the Babylonian equivalent of the Nummo and associated with the god Enki, who in Sumerian myth resided at the bottom of the Abzu, or Abyss, in fresh water. (The Sirius Mystery p. 164) Oannes, said to be part fish and part man, brought civilization to the people of Babylonia. (The Sirius Mystery p. 186)
The stories that I have read about some of these deities are very similar to stories about the Nummo. Although they are similar, my research indicates that the Dogon religion is the older of the two religions.
The myths about the Annunnaki are patriarchal based and we know from the research of Marija Gimbutas, Joseph Campbell and others that the earliest religions were matriarchal. The Nummo were intersexed but they were associated with the sacred feminine. In the Dogon religion, the single sexed male, known as the Jackal, symbolized the failed experiment, humans and the Earth, and was the evil element. Males do appear as evil in some of the Annunnaki myths but the gods are all male, showing a reversal from the earlier myths.
The Annunnaki myths are close to the Dogon religion but it is obvious that changes were taking place from a matriarchal to a patriarchal religion in these cultures and that the earlier myths became muddled. The Babylonian city-god Marduk is an example of how the patriarchal cultures reversed the earlier myths. According to Robert Graves, "Marduk, the Babylonian city-god, eventually defeats the goddess in the person of Tiamat the Sea-serpent; and it is then brazenly announced that he, not anyone else, created herbs, lands, rivers, beasts, birds and mankind [humans]." (The Greek Myths p. 35) In this myth, we can associate Tiamat with the Nummo.
A Sumerian myth about Enki devouring eight plants grown by Ninhursaga, Mother Earth, is an important story that ties it to the Dogon religion and tells me that the Sumerian myth is a later version of the same story told by Ogotemmêli. The Dogon religion tells us what the eight plants represented and what the story was really about. It is an important story because it deals with the second experiment in the Dogon religion and the Eight Ancestors. It is the story that tells us how we lost our immortality. (For more information about this myth refer to The Master of Speech.) The Sumerians lived in a written culture whereas the Dogon lived in an oral culture right up until the 1930s, when their religion was recorded. My research reveals that the Dogon religion was on par with the Goddess religion discussed by Marija Gimbutas. It is the oldest religion in the world and predates these other beliefs by thousands and thousands of years.
One of the things I find puzzling is the lack of intersexed figurines found by archeologists. They appear in the Middle Ages and later in alchemical manuscripts but where are all of the ancient sculptures of them? I know they must have existed. Marija Gimbutas showed an intersexed figurine with her hands on her knees, which was found near Larisa, Thessalay; and is dated to 6000-5700 BCE (The Language of the Goddess p. 183), that she associated with the sorrowful Christ motif. Even though this figure had breasts, Gimbutas identified it as a male because of its penis. We know from the Dogon religion that this figure was likely female. The Mistress (Master) of Speech appears with penis, breasts and a pregnant bump in one of the statues found in the Dogon totemic sanctuary. Another statue of her included in the totemic shrine was one showing her with her two hands placed flat on her lap like the sorrowful Christ figures that Gimbutas discussed. In this position, the Mistress of Speech was said to be leaning on Amma. I believe this image of the Mistress of Speech became associated with the Sorrowful Ancient stereotype that according to Gimbutas survived as the sorrowful Christ figure. Like Christ in Christianity, the Mistress of Speech was considered the hope for the world in the Dogon religion. She was born with the perfect combination of human and Nummo DNA. She was sacrificed so that her DNA could be used in the birth of all humans born after her.(Day of the Fish pp. 82-90)
Although they were primarily female beings, the Nummo and the Mistress of Speech were both hermaphrodites. Dogon statues of the Nummo showed them joined back to back, one side female and the other side male. Twin figures joined together appear throughout the archeological record. In the Double Goddess, Vicki Noble discusses various double goddess finds, including a "two-headed Double Goddess from the Mexican Tlatilco culture (1100-900 BCE) that is strikingly similar to some of the Old European figures from the ancient Balkans, featured in Gimbutas's book." (Noble p.8) Robert Graves discussed the Roman god Janus, the two headed god of doors that appears as two males joined back to back. Graves believed that Janus actually may have borrowed his double-headed attribute from the Roman goddess Carmenta who at the Carmentalia, the Carmenta Festival in early January, was addressed by her celebrants as `Postvorta and Antevorta: she who looks both back and forward." This would associate Carmenta with depictions of the Nummo. (Day of the Fish pp. 98-105)
We have these twin figures appearing throughout the archeological record, which we know from the Dogon religion symbolize androgyny but where are all the other images of hermaphrodites? In the Dogon religion, the Mistress of Speech appears as a female being with breasts and penis. Did archeologists destroy these images because they found them offensive? Did they do the same thing to these statues that the medical community has done to individuals born intersexed. Did they turn them into single sexed beings? I know from my research that these statues must have existed, so where are they?
Many people who were raised as Christians have a fear of snakes and serpents. I received an interesting email a few weeks ago from a woman who lives on Vancouver Island in Canada. She told me of her terrible fear of snakes, so much so that she found looking at the cover of my books difficult.
Before Christianity, the serpent was worshipped in many cultures. It was a symbol of immortality. In the Dogon religion, the Nummo were often referred to as "the Serpent." One of the things that I have found most fascinating during my research on the Dogon religion is the way in which the symbols from this first religion were reversed by later patriarchal cultures. We know from the work of Marija Gimbutas, Joseph Campbell and others that the first religions of the Earth were matriarchal. According to Campbell, the patriarchal warring tribes, whose traditions have come down to us in Christianity, Judaism and the Greek and Roman myths didn't like the fact that the sacred feminine was the powerful figure in this first religion, so they reversed the earlier symbols. We see this in the Bible. As Campbell pointed out to us, there is no mention in the Bible that the serpent who spoke to Eve in Genesis had been revered in the Levant for at least seven thousand years before the composition of the Book of Genesis. (The Masks of God, p. 9.)
In the Dogon religion, the colour white was a symbol of the male Jackal, the failed creation and evil. The colour red was a symbol of love and good and associated with the immortal Nummo and the Mistress of Speech, who was the saviour in the mythology. When the Christian fathers reversed the symbols and put the single-sexed male in charge of things, the colour white became the symbol of purity, and the colour red became a symbol of evil. This is one of the reasons why people, who have been raised on Christianity, find the idea of the Nummo so disturbing. Campbell called this moment in history solarization because the Sun, which was once a symbol of the sacred feminine and hermaphroditism, became a symbol of the human male. It was "the birth of the Sun king." Many of us who were raised on Christianity have an unconscious fear of snakes and serpents because they were associated with Satan and Evil. This fear prevents us from seeing the truth about the past, even when the reality of it is clearly laid out before us.
"A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on droplets of water in the earth's atmosphere. It usually takes the form of a single arc. Rainbows caused by Sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the Sun." (Wikipedia Rainbow) Both the Sun and Water were symbols of the Nummo in the Dogon religion. Not surprising then that the Rainbow was also identified with them. When the Nummo spaceship moved across the sky it left a track of four colours, black, red, green and yellow, which looked like a Rainbow. The Nummos' skin was primarily green but sometimes it also shimmered like a rainbow. The colours of the Rainbow also represented the different races of humans at the beginning of time.
The Rainbow appears as a symbol in many ancient mythologies. I wrote an article last year for New Dawn magazine in Australia, on the similarities between the Australian Rainbow Serpent and the Nummo. Drawings of the Rainbow Serpent on cave walls have been dated to about 6000 years ago. Griaule reported that a rainbow was drawn on the facade of one of the Dogon sanctuaries as three horizontal lines, coloured red, white, and blue-green, curving downward at either end. Similar images appear of the Rainbow Serpent on cave walls in Australia.
In Greek mythology, Iris, a winged, fleet-footed messenger, whose name means rainbow was also identified with Eidothea, the daughter of Proteus, whose name refers to an eidos, a visible phenomenon such as the rainbow. (The Gods of the Greeks, Kerényi. pp. 53-54) According to Robert Graves, Nereus was an alias used by the amphibious King Proteus (first man), who was an oracular sacred king pictured in early vase paintings as fish-tailed. He also knew the depths of the sea and was immortal. In another Greek myth, Eros, the first god hatched from the world egg, was said to have been born of the west wind and the rainbow. According to the Dogon, humans were supposed to have been created in the Nummo spaceship which was associated with both wind and a rainbow.
The main sequence of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, is about the forging and conquest of a great mill called the Sampo, which is a kind of cornucopia with a many-coloured cover. The many-coloured cover looks like the rainbow. In the Kalevala there is also a story about a Smith. I see the Sampo as the Nummo spaceship, which was also a granary and smithy. There are many references in the epic that relate to the Dogon religion.(For more information of these associations refer to Day of the Fish pp. 315-317)
I live on a river and this morning when I was out feeding the birds, I could hear the early roars of spring. With the snow beginning to melt, the water has begun its annual race through the gorge. It isn't as loud as it has been in other years but then we haven't had as much snow this year as in the past. I believe it is the Earth screaming out to us that spring is on the way. One of the things I promised you when I started this website was to provide you with information about the symbols found in the Dogon religion. I thought it would be a helpful companion guide in your study of this religion. As I've said many times, my research indicates that this is the first religion of the world. In lieu of this, it is not surprising that water, the source of all life, is an important symbol in the religion. Ogotemmêli told the anthropologist Marcel Griaule, that water was the symbol of the life-force of the world. The Nummo were known as Water Spirits and water was the essence of the Nummo. The words water and Nummo were used interchangeably. The Nummo were present in all water, in rain, snow, the seas, lakes oceans and even in the water we drink. (Conversations with Ogotemmêli, Griaule, p.18) (The Master [Mistress] of Speech, p. 8.)
Stop and think about this for a moment. What does this mean? Does it mean that when you drink water you are drinking the essence or the life-force of the world? Does it mean that when you go for a swim in the ocean, or a lake, or a river, that you are surrounding yourself with the Nummos' essence? Does it mean that there is something special in the makeup of water that is also the essence of the Nummo and immortality? Recently researchers have discovered that water actually has memory. This video describes this aspect of water. Memory in Water The Nummo were immortal and in the religion, memory was associated with immortality.
Water is the purest form of life. It is part of what we are. Water covers about 70 percent of the Earth. When we are born we have as much as 75 per cent of our body weight that is water. This percentage decreases as we age. "Obesity decreases the percentage of water in the body, sometimes to as low as 45 percent". If water is the life force of the world, then it is not surprising that it decreases in our bodies as we age. It is also not surprising that self-inflicted illnesses like obesity would cause it to decrease even further. Body Water(Wikipedia) There are spiritual aspects of water that scientists are just now beginning to understand. When you are reading the Dogon religion and you come across any form of water, think of the Nummo and immortality. Think of the waters of the womb and human creation. Think of immortality and the source of all life.
On February 2, I received an email from Danamar, a Celtic priestess, who sent me the blessings of Brigid. "The healing of the sacred well, the fire of creativity and the beauty of the coming Spring." Brighid is a well known Irish Celtic goddess, who was celebrated on Feb. 2. In one of her three forms, Brighid was known as the goddess of smiths. In the Dogon religion, the Nummo were known as "Heaven's Smiths." The fire from the smithy was associated with their spiritual essence and the seed in the granary was associated with their biological essence. The Nummo spaceship was known as both a smithy and a granary, because it was in this object that all of the seeds came down from heaven (the Nummo's world) to be recreated on Earth. The hammer from the smithy was an important symbol in the Dogon religion.
A book known as the Malleus Maleficarum translated as Hammer of Witches was used for about 300 years to convict many witches during the Inquisition. My research indicates that the same religion that was practised by the Dogon people was also practised in Old Europe right up until the witch trials. (see Day of the Fish p. 250.)
There were three human creations in the Dogon religion that I believe are associated with the three aspects of Brighid. The amphibious Nummo were the mothers of the Mistress of Speech. The Mistress of Speech, who had a human upper body and fish-tailed lower body and who was also known as the Seventh Ancestor, was the mother of Lébé. Lébé, who also had a human upper body and fish tailed lower body, was the mother of all present day humans. In the Dogon religion, these three mothers were hermaphrodites but associated with the sacred feminine. They were symbolized by the Sun, a symbol of fire and creation. Brighid, known as a triple goddess to the Celtic Irish also appeared as Brigantia in England, Bride in Scotland and Brigandu in Celtic France. (Patricia Monaghan, Goddesses & Heroines p.60)
Brighid was also identified with sacred wells and the Nummo were likewise known as Water Spirits. In Dogon mythology, water was the essence of the Nummo. The words water and Nummo were used interchangeably. According to the Dogon elder, Ogotemmêli, water was the symbol for the life-force of the world. The Nummo were present in all water: they were water, the water of the seas, of the coasts, of torrents, of storms, and of the spoonfuls we drink.(Conversations with Ogotemmêli, Griaule, p.18) (The Master [Mistress] of Speech, p. 8.)
When I was on the Suppressed Historic Archives page today there was mention of the Celic goddess Brighid. Below, there was a post about the water goddess Iemanja being celebrated on the same day in Salvador, Brazil. Radiah Nunez mentioned Iemanja to me on February 1 during an interview. It was the first time I had ever heard of this goddess. Radiah is a Yoruba/Lucumi Priestess of Yemaya of Afro-Cuban descent. Brought to Brazil in the 16th century by west African slaves, the cult of Iemanja, which is mainly steeped in Yoruba culture, is celebrated elsewhere across Latin America, including Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Panama. My research indicates that Brigid and Iemanja are one in the same goddess. I believe that these goddesses stem from the Nummo, the Mistress of Speech and Lébé from the African Dogon religion. In the Brazilian religion, Iemanja is identified with the "feminine principle of creation and the spirit of moonlight." Yemaja(Wikipedia)
Iemanja's association with "moonlight" is likely a patriarchal reversal of the earlier symbol of the Sun. In the Dogon religion, the moon was a symbol of the male Jackal and everything that had gone wrong with the Earth. Joseph Campbell referred to the reversal of these earlier symbols by warring patriarchal cultures, whose traditions have come down to us in Judaism, Christianity and the Greek and Roman myths. Campbell referred to the reversal of the symbols as solarization and with it came the birth of the Sun king. This reversal never occurred in the Dogon religion and the Nummo, who represented the sacred feminine, were still symbolized by the Sun in the 1930s and 40s. (Refer to Chapter 18, The Witch's Hammer, for more information on these associations. Day of the Fish p.244.)
In some of the images I saw of Iemanja, she was depicted holding a mirror. Mermaids holding mirrors was a common symbol of the watermarks of the Albigensians, who were almost exterminated by the Catholic Church when the crusaders attacked them in the south of France in 1209. Those Albigensians who escaped were later involved in printing and to keep their religion alive under the nose of the Inquisition, they embedded the symbols of their religion in the form of watermarks in the paper they used for printing popular literature of the era. Mermaids holding mirrors also appeared in the misericords found carved on the underside of the hinged seats of choir-stalls in medieval churches and cathedrals. I believe that these misericords was another way for these outlawed sects to preserve their beliefs under the nose of the Roman Catholic Church. (The Nummo, p. 122) According to Harold Bayley, the image of a mermaid holding a mirror represents the Mirror of Perfection, a familiar attribute of truth. (Day of the Fish p. 314)
It's been hazy and gray lately. (One of the reasons Wiarton Willie didn't see his shadow.) I'm not complaining because we haven't had a lot of cold, snowy winter weather this year in comparison to other winters. I have to admit though that it is just so lovely to see the Sun when it finally peaks out from behind a cloud. This morning was fabulous walking with our dogs near the river. The Sun was shining, the water was running, and the birds were singing and being more cheerful than usual. It feels as if spring really is in the air. There is little that feels as good as these moments with nature, and yet I really know so little about the natural world. I am envious of those individuals who have grown up in indigenous cultures where they have been taught about the stars overhead, the plants, birds, animals, snakes, lizards and everything that exist in nature. This is a world that most of us know so little about.
If you did grow up in an indigenous culture and you had elders who taught you things about nature and astronomy, do your best to share it with the rest of us. With each passing generation more of this ancient knowledge is lost from humanity. There is no written record that inspires me more than the record of a speech given by Chief Seattle, or Sealth, chief of the Sequamish and Duwamish tribes given in 1855. These tribes were located in what is now the state of Washington. I quoted fragments of this speech in my book, The Master [Mistresss] of Speech, because the symbolism in it is similar to the symbols that were used by the Dogon people. (p. 241) It is quoted for you here.
The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky, the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the presence of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of this Earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle. Every sandy shore. Every mist in the dark woods. Every meadow. Every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.... Perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man [humans], all belong to the same family. The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land you must remember that it is sacred. ...[Y]ou must keep it apart and sacred as a place where man[people] can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers. Will you teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother? What befalls the Earth befalls all the sons [and daughters] of the Earth. (Joseph Campbell, Transformation of Myth Through Time pp.28-29)
It was in 1999 that I first learned about the Dogon and the Nummo, and it was back in 2002 that I first published The Master[Mistress] of Speech. Here it is 2012. Ten years have gone by but it seems like hardly any time has passed at all. What is it about time that is so elusive? We see things around us, our children, partners, parents and pets. We know time has passed by because we are physically getting older but the passage of time exists in our minds as such fleeting moments. I question these things because the Dogon tell us that we were once immortal beings and have forgotten that we are immortal. We now perceive the world in mortal terms. We are born, we live and then we die. Everything we perceive about our lives is linear. The Nummo were immortal beings and as hard as I have tried to imagine it, I have never fully comprehended their immortal existence. Immortality isn't just about living forever it's about the absence of linear constraints like time. Being immortal means the end of time and always being in the now. It means perceiving the past, present and future in the same moment.
The Dogon religion is constructed in a ball formation. Every symbol is related to every other symbol. There is no beginning or end, it is relational. I have said this in my interviews and I stress it here again that until you study the symbolism in the Dogon religion, you will never understand it. This religion existed in an oral culture and if you try to read it like a book you will get nothing from it. Books are constructed in linear formations. They have a beginning, middle and an end. Marcel Griaule took the information Ogotemmêli gave to him and he wrote it into a book but this religion was not meant to be read like a book.
After studying this religion, I can tell you that all other written records based on oral cultures will tell us very little about those cultures. This is because most of what we have are fragments and you need all the symbols to make sense of it. The symbols are related to each other and that is how you determine their meaning. The narrative is secondary to the symbolism. All the historical documents that we have analyzed have been done so by taking the rules and construction of our written culture and applying it to oral cultures. This is why the Dogon religion is so important to us. It was recorded in the 1930s and 40s, when the religion was still being practised. Ogotemmêli gave Marcel Griaule the symbols, which were embedded in the stories he told him. We have all the pieces of the puzzle and he left it up to us to fit the pieces together.
My research indicates that the Nummo were a type of cephalopod. The characteristics that the Dogon attributed to the Nummo also apply to cephalopods. As invertebrates, cephalopods lack backbones, just like the Nummo. The Dogon also reported that the Nummo were shape shifters, and so are cephalopods. With the exception of the nautilus, cephalopods have special skin cells called chromatophores that allow them to change color for purposes of camouflage. They can change colour in an instant, much faster than the vertebrate chameleon, and match their surroundings perfectly. Cephalopod blood has a blue blood pigment for carrying oxygen in contrast to the bright red pigment (haemoglobin) that carries oxygen in the blood of vertebrates. The blue is called haemocyanin. (Although the pigment by itself is bluish, their blood is not; it's fairly clear.) The significance of this is that haemocyanin contains copper rather than iron. The two most important elements identified with the Nummo were water and copper. The Nummos' association with cephalopods might also tell us how "blue blood" came to be identified with royalty.
I believe the Nummo were associated with ammonites, a species of cephalopods, which were wiped out by the same cataclysm that destroyed the dinosaurs. Although they looked very much like todays nautilus shells, ammonites were believed to be closely related to octopuses, squid and cuttlefish, marine creatures of the cephalopod family Nautilidae. I believe it is because of these connections that images of cuttlefish, squid and octopuses often appeared on religious artefacts from ancient cultures. Wikpedia/Cephalopods (Day of the Fish, Dorey pp. 120-121)
The fish-tailed Scylla, who I associate with the Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana), appears on some artefacts with a fish tail and a human upper body like the Eight Ancestors. In other instances she is depicted as an octopus. She is also associated with the cuttlefish, another cephalopod. The cuttlefish appeared prominently in Cretan works of art, including the standard weight from the Royal Treasury at Cnossus, and also on megalithic monuments at Carnac and elsewhere in Brittany. It has eight tentacles, as the sacred anemone of Pelion has eight petals, eight being the number of fertility in Mediterranean myth. (The Greek Myths, Robert Graves p.274)(Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 102) Check out this clip on cephalopods This gives you an idea of how well they are able to shapeshift.
I had an interesting chat with Radiah Nunez this morning on the H20 Network talking about the Dogon, 2012, and the Nummo. The Dogon believed the Nummo would one day return to Earth and it was the duty of the Hogon, their spiritual leader, to protect the religion and safeguard the Earth until that time. The day of the Nummos return was known to the Dogon as the Day of the Fish.
Celestial bodies were very important symbols in the Dogon religion. Sirius B, the Moon and Venus were symbols of the male Jackal, who essentially represented humanity and the failed experiment. The Sun was a symbol of the hermaphroditic Nummo. Anytime you had the Sun appearing joined or in conjunction with the Moon or Venus, it foreshadowed the union of the Nummo with humans and the restoration of order on the Earth. The Sirius star system was a symbol of the failed experiment on Earth and the helical rising of Sirius signified the same union. A heliacal rising is when a star is first seen in the eastern sky before dawn after it has passed behind the Sun. In other words, just before the helical rising you have the Sun and Sirius in alignment or in conjunction. Sirius was important to the ancient Egyptians. They watched for the helical rising of Sirius to indicate the start of the annual flooding of the Nile River. Water was a symbol of the Nummo. Water and Nummo were used interchangeably in the Dogon religion, so this flooding also symbolizes the coming of the Nummo. In the Dogon religion, the helical rising of Sirius represented the reunion of the two placentas that had to be severed in order to correct the mistake that had occurred on Earth.
In the Dogon religion, the planet Venus, which symbolized humans and the Jackal, represented an egg going through an incubation period. According to the Dogon, the final position of Venus showed the completion of the sacrifice, the purification it brought about, and the complete reestablishment of order in the universe disrupted by the Fox. (The Jackal was also known as the Pale Fox.) (Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 101)The transit of Venus across the disk of the Sun is a rare planetary alignment. It occurs twice in an eight-year period that comes every 121.5 or 105.5 years. This special type of eclipse, which last occurred in 2004 (the first time the transit had occurred in 121.5 years), represents the union of Venus with the Sun. In Dogon mythology, this would symbolically represent the reunion of humans or the Jackal with the Nummo. The next transit of Venus is to occur on June 5-6 in 2012, eight years after the one in 2004. These numerical associations may be significant. The number eight is the number of the Eight Ancestors. It was their DNA that was used in the regeneration of the first humans. The two eclipses also suggest duality. In the Dogon religion, the number 120 represented the dual yala of Ammas egg, or androgyny and immortality. The placenta associated with the first failed experiment on Earth was identified with the number 60. It was identified with the single sexed male Jackal and mortality. It was believed that overtime humans would evolve back into andrognous immortal beings. (Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 102) If I was an astronomer, I would be looking for connections between Sirius, Venus, the Moon, and our Sun in 2012.
Through most of his life Ogotemmêli had been an accomplished hunter. In spite of having lost his eye to smallpox as a child, he always came back with a full bag of animals while others were still toiling in the gorges. He didn't like hunting though. He said it was the work of death and it attracted death. He blamed his profession on the fact that out of twenty-one children he had only five children left. He lost his second eye to a hunting accident later in life, when his gun exploded in his face. Ogotemmêli believed this accident was the last warning sign and that he knew through this divination that he would never hunt again. After his accident he devoted his time to his religion and to offering advice and powders to people who came to visit him on the cliffs. He was the most knowledgeable of the Dogon elders and famous throughout the hills and plateau. (Conversations with Ogotemmêli, Griaule, p. 14-15)
My research indicates that the Dogon religion is the mystery pagan religion talked about by the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and others and which was thought to have been lost to humanity. One aspect of the Dogon religion that helps determine its age is the fact that it comes from an oral culture. The Dogon were still practicing this religion in its oral form in the 1930s when Mali first came under French authority. They were very protective of their religion and it was only in 1946 that they agreed to let Marcel Griaule record the inner most teachings of the religion. The Dogon probably realized that it was only a matter of time before the French authorities would prevent them from practicing their beliefs. They probably felt that Marcel Griaule could be trusted as well as anyone to record this religion.
Unfortunately, the Dogon religion was recorded at a very patriarchal period in our history. Most women had very little power and most were only known by their husbands last names. It is because of the way the religion was recorded by Griaule that most people don't realize that the Dogon religion was a Matriarchal religion. The Nummo, the Master (Mistress) of Speech and Lébé, who were the key figures in the religion, were hermaphrodites but primarily female beings and associated with the sacred feminine. These figures were all identified as being male in the religion and referred to as "he" when in reality they should have been referred to as, "she." Griaule named his book, Dieu d'Eau: entretiens avec Ogotemmêli (God of Water: Conversations with Ogotemmêli), when in reality it should have been named Déesse du leau: entretiens avec Ogotemmêli (Goddess of Water: Conversations with Ogotemmêli). It is through the symbolism in the Dogon religion and through his dialogue with Ogotemmêli that we realize that these beings were female. They were symbolized by the Sun, which was a female symbol. (Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 13)
I don't know what it's like where you are. Here it is snowing really hard. We had some freezing rain a few nights ago and the ice is now covered with a layer of snow. This morning my husband and I took our two dogs walking on an old rail line that has been converted into a trail. We love this old rail trail because it is up over farm land and a forest, and when you are walking you can see the countryside spread out beneath you. We rarely see people on this trail and today was no exception. In the past we have been entertained by a rabbit racing past but there weren't any rabbits today. We did see some birds. My sister calls them LBO's, the little brown ones. We don't know what their real name is but perhaps they are barn swallows. The snow was blowing hard today and it looked like a fog in the distance. Because of the ice beneath the snow, every foot step made a crunch sound. Along with the blowing snow slapping against our faces and the crunching sound of the ice under foot, it felt very trance like as we moved along. It was very meditative. This connection with nature is very important to me now.
As we left the trail, I looked down and saw the footprints that we were leaving behind us in the snow. Foot prints are a significant symbol in the Dogon religion because the alien Nummo had fish tails instead of feet like humans. Because of their fish tails, the Dogon people perceived them as having only one foot. I believe that the footprints that appear consistently throughout the religion represent mitochondria, which are slipper shaped organelles. (Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 155) The Dogon religion is based on genetics and the Nummo were associated with the sacred feminine. Mitochondrial DNA is only passed from females to their offspring without recombining. What this means is that by tracing back from mother to mother to mother, geneticists can determine that the mother of all present day humans was a woman who lived in Africa around 152,000-234,000 years ago. (Wikipedia) Is it in Mitochondrial DNA that scientists will find our genetic link to the Nummo and the path to the truth? The Dogon religion seems to indicate that to be the case.
After hearing my interview with Henrik on Red Ice Radio, I received an interesting email from Patricia Cleveland who works with horses at the Balanced Horse Project in Dothan, Alberta. In her line of work, Patricia has experienced intense waves of emotion produced by horses. She was once moved out of a round pen because the horse's wave of fear hit her with such intensity that it triggered an involuntary response within her. Standing outside, rather shaken, she got the horse's message. Using meditative skills, she was able to reveal her intent to the horse, which dropped the invisible barrier between them, and allowed her to work on the horse's body. She said, "We got each other's pictures per say, without uttering a word." According to Patricia, "telepathy is an airborne form of sonar." She believes that "we are fish that live in a sea of air." This is an interesting observation because the Dogon tell us that humans once lived in an aquatic state. As I said yesterday, I believe the Nummo also communicated using sonar.
Incidentally the horse was a symbol of the Nummo in the Dogon religion. The word for horse in the Dogon Wazouba language also meant power. (The Pale Fox, Griaule and Dieterlen p. 484) (Day of the Fish, Dorey p.308) The horse was also associated with the Greek goddess Artemis (Roman Diana), who I believe to be a Greek and Roman version of the Mistress (Master) of Speech from the Dogon religion. Artemis (Dianas) temple at Ephesus, an ancient Greek city located in the western part of Turkey, was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World.(Day of the Fish Dorey, p.25)
According to the Dogon, the vibrations I spoke about yesterday are also a part of our DNA. It is these vibrations that trigger DNA to develop into a human being, plant or animal. The Musical octave is a metaphor for these vibrations which connect all life together. Because they were aquatic beings, I believe the Nummo communicated using sonar, which may be associated with these vibrations. With sonar you can observe the internal structure of objects, unlike human vision which stops on the surface of the object being seen. I believe that it is because of this, that the Nummo were capable of communicating with animals and plants on a level unknown to humans. (The Master of Speech, Dorey p.20-21)
The Dogon elder, Ogotemmêli believed that animals were purer than humans. (The Master of Speech, pp. 28-29) Our own observations tell us that animals are more connected to the vibration that links all life together. They are more tuned into the planet, weather changes and environmental changes than humans. During the Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004, it was reported that certain animals including elephants had sensed the tsunami approaching and ran from it, whereas some humans ran to the shore to investigate and were drowned as a result of it.(wikipedia.org/wiki/TSunami) It is as if there is a missing piece in our makeup, an emotional and spiritual bond that we have not yet forged.(The Master of Speech, Dorey p.28-29)
Music, which is tied to the vibrations that connect all life, was an important aspect of the Dogon culture. In the Dogon society, the vibrations were expressed through the ringing sound of the hammer striking the anvil in the smithy. The smithy was like a church, temple, or sanctuary in the Dogon society, and the Smith was an important figure in the religion because the alien Nummo were said to be Heavens Smiths. The hammer striking the anvil was the Nummo bringing a divine note into human disorder. The anvil and bellows eventually evolved into a collection of musical instruments, with the drum replacing the bellows, iron hand bells, the anvil, and drumsticks, the hammer. Music symbolized the vibration of life and it is for this reason that dancing also became associated with the creation of life and resurrection. It was the hermaphroditic Mistress (Master) of Speech, the saviour in the Dogon religion, who taught humans how to dance. Because she had a fish tail she only moved her arms in swimming motions and stood on one spot. Humans apparently copied these arm movements and in the beginning, they danced by rotating on one spot as the Nummo did. Humans eventually found this kind of dancing too tiring, however, so they eventually started to move their feet. (Day of the Fish, Dorey pp. 142-143)
If you want to connect with the Nummo and understand the Dogon religion, the first thing to do is to go outside and walk through the woods. Look around at everything you see there. Here in Canada, where its snowing right now, youll see a few crows, blue jays, if youre lucky a red cardinal, and a few black, grey and red squirrels. Sometimes a chipmunk appears but I havent seen one of those lately. In the area where I live, there are cedar trees with massive trunks that have been around for a very long time. Everything in the forest is alive and everything emits an energy, a vibration that you can hear and feel if you close your eyes and absorb it. These vibrations are what connect humans to each other and to other animals, plants and species in the universe. If you want to find your way back to the truth, you need to reconnect with these vibrations, and the best way to do it, is to reconnect with nature.
I want to thank everyone who emailed me about the interview I did with Henrik at Red Ice Radio. I just finished Day of the Fish in December and this was the first interview I have done on the new book. Those of you who have been following my books and research know that I haven't given a lot of interviews to date. In the past twelve years, I think I've only done about five interviews. I apologize for that but I have been heavily involved in my research and it has been difficult to find the time for promotion. I also felt that I wanted to get more of a handle on the Dogon religion before trying to discuss it with others. I can now say with certainty that this is the mystery pagan religion that was thought to have been lost to humanity. It is the oldest religion in the world and takes us back to the creation of humanity itself.
In this Blog I will share with you some of the most important aspects of this religion. I will also discuss with you some of the emails I've received from others.
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Dogon Beliefs in Taoism
The Dogon Religion in Islam
Octopuses and the Nummo
Dragon Hill and the Nummo
First Humans and the Ant People
Manatee and the Nummo
Spica and Easter
The Star of Bethlehem
Supernovas and Nesting
Red Giants and Rose Windows
Amphibians and the Nummo
Abernethy Pictish Stone and the Smith
Splendor Solis(Splendour of the Sun)
Hands and Feet
Mars and Copper
Flax Goddess and the Word
Celtic Idol and Nummo Twins
Mitochondrial Eve and Lébé
St. Patrick and the Serpent
Gnosticism and Lébé
Swallowing and Regurgitation
Phantom of Flatwoods
Genetic Marker Confirms Research
Sirius and Gobekli Tepe
Satan and Yahweh
Vibrations of the Earth
RedIce Radio Interview
Symbols at Göbekli Tepe
Solar Eclipse and Mistletoe
Madonna and The Nummo
Rainbow Serpent and The Nummo
Intersexed and Hans Christian Andersen
Catfish and the Aquatic Ape Theory
Hammer and Anvil
Vibrations and Nature
Music and Vibrations
Hermaphrodites in History
Anunnaki vs The Nummo
Kundalini Shakti & the Nummo
Water, Memory and Immortality
Iemanja, Brighid & the Mirror of Truth
Chief Seattle(Sealth) & Nature
Cephalopods & Spring
Time and Immortaltiy
H20 Network Interview
Matriarchy vs Patriarchy
Mitochondrial Eve and Lébé
LBO's, Footprints and DNA
Vibrations and Horses
Vibrations in DNA