Seventh Ancestor &
the Peacock Angel
Feb. 21, 2021 by Shannon Dorey

Peacock Angel by YZDBy YZD - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The peacock is an important ancient symbol that I associate with the Seventh Nummo Ancestor. The Yazidis, who trace their roots to ancient Mesopotamia, worship the Peacock Angel Tawûsê Melek. This figure is the most distinguished of a Heptad of seven Holy Beings, known as the Angels of the Seven Mysteries heft sirr.

In the Dogon religion, the Seventh Nummo Ancestor was part alien Nummo and part human and considered the purest of the Eight Nummo Ancestors. She/he was an immortal hermaphrodite, who was sacrificed for the betterment of humanity.Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 81 The blue and white donu bird was believed to have been born from the blood of the Seventh Nummo's sacrifice.Dorey, The Rose p. 263

According to the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule, the donu bird was a water bird that emigrated to Sanga in the torrents of rain during the rainy season.Dorey, The Rose p. 281 In addition to the blue and white donu bird, the Dogon used an ostrich to depict the Seventh Ancestor. This was because the ostrich's body, "shown by concentric circles, was marked with chevrons," a characteristic associated with water, and the Seventh Ancestor.Dorey, The Rose p. 263

I believe that the ostrich's markings combined with the blue and white donu bird may be how the peacock eventually became associated with this figure.Dorey, The Rose p. 118 It is interesting to note that peacocks are not native to the ancient Mesopotamian lands where the Peacock Angel, Tawûsê Melek is worshipped. This may indicate that the donu and ostrich were the original birds associated with the Peacock Angel Tawûsê Melek, just as they were in Mali with the Seventh Nummo Ancestor.

Yazidis Shrine by Levi ClancyYazidis village, Baadre, Dohuk Governorate, Kurdistan Region, in Iraq by Levi Clancy - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cropped and reduced

Because the Seventh Ancestor was a hermaphrodite, and part alien Nummo and human, she was considered a twin or dual. I believe that this is why you often see dual peacocks in association with this sacrificial figure. The Peacock Angel Tawûsê Melek is also depicted dual on this shrine in a Yazidis village in the Kudistan Region of Iraq.Yazidis village, Baadre, Dohuk Governorate, Kurdistan Region, in Iraq by Levi Clancy - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

32 Verso Book of KellsDorey, The Nummo p. 203

Christ, another sacrificial figure, is referred to in the Master (Mistress) of Speech in association with the Seventh Nummo Ancestor. The saw teeth or chevrons found on ostriches and described by Griaule appear on the tails of twin peacocks on the Christ page in the Book of Kells, shown above.Dorey, The Rose p. 263

It is believed that the Book of Kells was created in the ninth century in the monastery of Saint Colm Cille, which is on the Island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland. The original manuscript was thought to have come from the Celtic pagan religion and was later transcribed to accommodate the four Christian gospels.Dorey, The Rose p. 264

The Dogon believed that the body of the ostrich or Seventh Ancestor was full of cowries. Cowries, the egg shaped shell of the sea snail, were a symbol of "the Word", which symbolized DNA in the Dogon religion. Cowries were associated with the regeneration on the genetic level as well as on the cosmic level.Dorey, The Rose pp. 263-264

Because of the religious significance of cowries and their association with the Seventh Ancestor and twins, cowries were used as currency in the Dogon religion and associated with trade. Trade began with twins because twins represented the exchange of something of equal value. Twins had the same "Word" or same genetic makeup.Dorey, The Rose pp. 263-264

Gate of Yazidis Temple 1865Image extracted from page 454 of A journey from London to Persepolis; including wanderings in Daghestan, Georgia, Armenia., by USSHER, John. 1865 Original held and digitised by the British Library. Copied from Flickr.British Library HMNTS 10076.g.6

On the door of this Yazidis temple, dated 1865, we see the DNA symbol around the entrance way. The serpent to the right is another representation of the Seventh Ancestor, who also appeared on Dogon shrines as a serpent.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 78 Other Dogon symbols that appear here are the hammer and anvil, the mound, the Smith's hook, wheel, the dog or Jackal, the sun, and a hand, which are referred to in my books.Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 195-205 and The Master (Mistress) of Speech pp. 154-155

Codex GlazierDorey, The Nummo p. 46

Twin peacocks are depicted again on this ankh cross from the Codex Glazier, which is a 4th-5th century manuscript of the New Testament in Coptic, which contains text of the Book of Acts 1:1-15:3.Dorey, The Nummo p. 46

The weaving pattern on the ankh cross is significant. It is associated with the Seventh Ancestor, who was said to have taught weaving to humans, and whose DNA was woven into the fabric of humanity. This is why seven in the Dogon language soy, also meant woven material. Soy also meant "the Word", a symbol for DNA.Dorey, The Nummo p. 47

Essentially the woven cloth was "the Word" or the DNA. In this way, weaving was considered a form of procreation and "the "clapping of the shuttle and creaking of the block" was called the "creaking of the Word."Dorey, The Nummo p. 47

Another important aspect of this image is that it shows an anvil beneath a cross. The anvil was a symbol of the Female Great Nummo and is often absent from depictions of crosses in later patriarchal religions. In the Dogon religion, the hammer, which looked like a cross, symbolized the Male Nummo and the hammer and anvil together represented the hermaphroditic Nummo.Dorey, The Nummo p. 44

It was believed that the seeds or DNA came down from the Nummo's world in the Smith's hammer and anvil. The number 256 was identified with the Smith's hammer and represented the "womb of all the world signs." In the Dogon religion, the spaceship was both the granary and the smithy.Dorey, The Nummo p. 91

The Smith's hammer and anvil were considered the first musical instruments. When the Dogon Smith struck the rock (anvil) with the hammer, this symbolized the Nummo bringing a divine note into human disorder. The anvil and bellows evolved into a collection of musical instruments, with the drum replacing the bellows, iron hand bells, the anvil, and drumsticks, the hammer.Dorey, The Nummo p. 86

Music was associated with the first rhythm of resurrection. Lébé, the mother/father of humanity, and also known as the Eighth Ancestor, was born as a result of the sacrifice of the Seventh Ancestor. The musical octave was a metaphor for this birth.Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 262

Tanbour by I, AllauddinBy I, Allauddin, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The tanbour, shown above, is associated with the Yarsan religion which has similar beliefs to Yazidism. It is one of the few musical instruments used in Ahl-e Haqq rituals, and practitioners venerate the tanbour as a sacred object. It is similar to the lute, which I discuss in The Nummo.

The long necked lutes were the more ancient lutes, and the Seventh Ancestor was depicted with a long neck by Dogon carvers. It may also represent the tail of the fish as the round part of the instrument may symbolize the body of a fish, another symbol associated with the Seventh Ancestor.Dorey, The Nummo p. 13

The Seventh Ancestor, the Nummo and Lébé were symbolized by suns in the Dogon religion.Dorey, The Rose pp. 8-24 The Yaresan believe "the Sun and fire are holy things and follow the principles of equalization, purity, righteousness, and oneness ."

Through their history, the Yazidi people have endured and survived 72 genocides and centuries of persecution as "devil worshippers" as they upheld their religious beliefs about the Peacock Angel. They have faced severe Islamic persecution and attempts to force them to convert to Islam by the Ottoman Empire and later in the 20th century by Iraq.

The Dogon people faced similar persecution in their refusal to convert to Islam and fled their original homeland sometime between the 10th and 13th centuries. After the Catholic French took over their territory, and forced between Christianity and Islam, the Dogon people chose Islam, which is what most Dogon practice today.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 47

The majority of Yazidis remaining in the Middle East today live in the disputed territories of Northern Iraq. The Yazidis lived primarily in ancient Mesopotamian lands in present-day Iraq, Turkey, and Syria with significant numbers in Armenia and Georgia.

For more information on the Nummo and the Dogon religion refer to my books, which can be purchased at right.