Dogon Symbols
on Pictish Stone
Updated Feb. 15, 2020 by Shannon Dorey

Abernethy StoneShannon Dorey, The Nummo (2018 version), 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.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo (2018 version), p. 25

There are four symbols on this stone, including the hammer and anvil, which are important Dogon symbols. The anvil symbolized the female sex of the androgynous Nummo and the hammer their male sex.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo (2018 version), p. 25

OgotemmĂȘli told Griaule that when humans quarrelled with one another, the Dogon Smith would intervene, hammer in hand and strike the rocks or anvil. The hammer striking the anvil or rock was the Nummo bringing a divine note into human disorder.Shannon Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech (2018 version), p. 150

Music was associated with the "first rhythm of resurrection" and originally only the Smith could beat the drum. The "anvil and bellows were combined in this work," which eventually evolved into a collection of musical instruments. "The drum replaced the bellows, iron hand-bells the anvil and the drumsticks the hammer."Shannon Dorey, The 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".Shannon Dorey, The 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.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo (2018 version), p. 26

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.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo (2018 version), p. 26 The musical octave was a metaphor the continuous creation of life in the universe.Shannon 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. 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.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo (2018 version), p. 25

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.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo (2018 version), p. 25

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.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo (2018 version), 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 being shot by a centaur.Shannon Dorey, The Rose, p. 34

Other symbols of the zodiac as they relate to the Dogon religion are discussed in more detail in The Master (Mistress) of Speech.

The 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.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo (2018 version), p. 25

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