Nummo in Judaism and Christianity
Early Christian Earthenware LampDorey, The Nummo p. 6
The immortal fishtailed Nummo were associated with salvation in early Christianity and Judaism. Early Christians and Jews clothed themselves in fish-skins, to mimic the Nummo, and 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.Dorey, The Nummo p. 6
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."Dorey, The Nummo p. 5
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."Dorey, The Nummo p. 5
Even Tertullian (155-240 AD) of Carthage, North Africa, who was the first Christian author to produce an extensive body of Latin Christian literature states, "But we the Christians are little fishes (pisciculi) after the type (secundum) of our great Fish Jesus Christ, born in the water."Dorey, The Nummo p. 6
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.Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 118
In the Dogon religion, humans were enlightened through their genetic association with the Nummo and the Master (Mistress) of Speech. In an effort to explain the significance of the Master (Mistress) of Speech, Ogotemmêli is quoted as saying.
'The seventh Nummo [Master (Mistress) of Speech],' 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 man's [humanity's] salvation.'Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p.132
In the Dogon religion, the Master (Mistress) of Speech's body was symbolically eaten by the Dogon people. In Christianity, the bread and wine of the mass represent the body and blood of Christ; so during communion Christians are also mythically eating Christ.Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 119
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 and Judaism, probably influenced the later Christian and Jewish beliefs. 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
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