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Hidden Heretic Carvings


Carlisle Mermaid 1418-1419Shannon Dorey, The Nummo p. 153

Heretic carvings found on the underside of church choir stalls are known as misericords. The importance of these carvings is that they depict images related to the Dogon religion. They were put under the choir seats in an effort to hide them from the Inquisition in the Middle Ages.Dorey, The Nummo p.153

The first reference to these carvings are found in the rules of the monastery of Hirsau (Germany) in the 11th century. There is also mention of the Canterbury choir-stalls being destroyed by fire in 1174.Dorey, The Nummo p.153


Limrick Siren 1480-1500Shannon Dorey, The Nummo p. 154

Some of the figures that appear in misericords are mermaids, sirens and centaurs, images that are associated with the alien Nummo, who were aquatic beings but had gizzarrds like birds. In other instances, the Nummo were identified with horses and specifically centaurs in association with the Dogon smithy.Shannon Dorey, The Rose p. 270

The mermaid above is from Carlisle Cathedral, England dated from 1418-1419, and the siren is from St. Mary's Cathedral Limerick, Ireland dated 1480-1500. You can see in the picture of the siren how the carvings appear under the seats when they are flipped up. As long as the seats were down, the carvings were hidden.Dorey, The Nummo p. 155


Fox in Monk's Cowl c 1490By Master of Catherine of Cleves, Lieven van Lathem (illuminators) - Book of Hours/ Livre d'heures/ Stundenbuch - Utrecht, Master of Catherine of Cleves, Lieven van Lathem (illuminators); Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum (MMW), Den Haag: Ms. 10 F 50, fol. 6r (http://www.literatuurgeschiedenis.nl/ literatuurgeschiedenis.asp?ID=7), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index. php?curid=2718118

The Pale Fox is a destructive, corrupt figure in the Dogon religion and identified as the first human. The adventures and downfall of the trickster fox Reynard are shown in narrative scenes on several misericords including those in Bristol Cathedral, England dating to the 16th century. I believe Reynard was based on the same figure that was known to the Dogon people as the Pale Fox.Dorey, The Nummo p.153

Above is a picture of a fox in a monk's cowl from the margin of a Book of Hours from Utrech, Netherlands dated to 1490. The figure of Reynard the Fox is thought to have originated in Lorraine folklore from where it spread to France, the Low Countries, and Germany. An extensive treatment of the character is the Old French Le Roman de Renart written by Pierre de Saint-Cloud around 1170.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynard_the_Fox

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