Dogon Word "Nummo"
Meant Manatee July 8, 2017 (updated 2021) by Shannon Dorey
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In Masques Dogons (1938), Griaule pointed out that the word Nummo to describe the alien water beings, also meant manatee. Seven stone carvings of manatees, which were described as being religious in nature, were found in the mounds of the Mississippi Valley around the 1800s. I believe that these figures were associated with the alien Nummo.
This association may have come about because the Nummo were water creatures and symbolized by a cow. Manatees are known as "sea cows" and have cow shaped noses. The Nummo, who were water creatures and identified with the divine feminine, were also symbolized by the sun. In the Dogon language, the sun’s name, nay, had the same root as “mother,” na, and “cow,” na.Dorey, Day of the Fish (Revision 2017) p. 40
In some West African cultures, manatees were considered sacred and thought to have once been human. Killing manatees was taboo and required penance.
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.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. During Lent the manatee was in great demand. The fat from the manatees was used in the lamps of the churches and the hide was cut into slips to supply cordage.
The Master (Mistress) of Speech, who was one of the Eight Ancestors and the sacrificial figure in the Dogon religion, was resurrected on the fifth day of the week, which is probably where the observance of Good Friday originated. In Catholicism, Lent leads up to the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.Dorey, Day of the Fish (Revision 2017) p. 257
During some European fire ceremonies held on the first Sunday in Lent, the effigy being burned was named "grandmother". In the Dogon religion, the Master (Mistress) of Speech’s 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.Dorey, Day of the Fish (Revision 2017) p. 257
Stone carvings of mastodons were also found in the mounds suggesting that the manatee carvings 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.”Dorey, Day of the Fish (Revision 2017) p. 41
These findings once again indicate the incredible age of the Dogon religion, which according to Marcel Griaule, was known to all West African people. Dogon finds in the Americas indicate that Indigenous Peoples practised this ancient religion before they were isolated from the rest of the World at the height of the last ice age or Last Glacial Maximum. For more information on these things refer to my books, which can be purchased at right.