Dogon Symbols on Celtic Pictish Stone


Abernethy Celtic Stone 11th c.Dorey, The Nummo , p. 25

Dogon religious symbols appear on this Celtic Pictish stone from Abernethy Village, Scotland. Abernethy was the principal seat of the Pictish kingdom, which was known to have existed as early as the first millennium.Dorey, The Nummo , p. 25

To the Dogon, the Smith's hammer striking the anvil or rock represented the alien Nummo bringing a divine note into human disorder. The Dogon elder OgotemmĂȘli told Griaule that when humans quarrelled with one another, the Dogon Smith would intervene, hammer in hand and strike the rocks or anvil to mimic the Nummo.Dorey, Master/Mistress of Speech, p. 150

There are four symbols on this Celtic stone, including these important Dogon symbols of the hammer and anvil.Dorey, The Nummo , p. 25

The hammer striking the anvil was also associated with music and the "first rhythm of resurrection". For this reason, the hammer and anvil eventually evolved into a collection of musical instruments. "...Iron hand bells replaced the anvil, and drumsticks the hammer." The Smiths' bellows were replaced by a drum, which at one time only the Dogon Smith was allowed to beat.Dorey, Master/Mistress of Speech, p. 150

In Dogon ceremonies, masked dancers represented the world, and when they danced publicly, they were "dancing the progress of the world and the world-order." Their dance represented the "smithy beating out the rhythm of the movement of the universe".Dorey, Master/Mistress of Speech, p. 150

Between the hammer and anvil on this Pictish stone 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.Dorey, The Nummo , p. 26

What is interesting about this, 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.Dorey, The Nummo , p. 26 The musical octave was a metaphor the continuous creation of life in the universe.Dorey, The Rose, p. 77

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 to Earth. The Nummo spaceship was described as being an enormous spindle-whorl, which had served as a target for the arrow, which had been shot by the Smith.Dorey, The Nummo , p. 25

On his journey through space, the Smith held an arrow in his hand. The Smith or Jackal figure is shown on various ancient Babylonian stones with an arrow, figures, which historians associate with the Constellation Sagittarius.Dorey, The Rose, p. 334

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.Dorey, The Nummo , p. 26

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, which is usually being shot by a centaur. The centaur is another symbol associated with the Smith and the Nummo in the Dogon religion.Dorey, The Rose, p. 34

Other symbols of the Zodiac as they relate to the Dogon religion are discussed in more detail in The Rose.

This Abernethy stone depicting the Dogon symbols was found at the base of a round tower that was believed to have been built in the late 11th century, and associated with similar Celtic towers found in Ireland.Dorey, The Nummo , p. 25

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