St. Patrick's Bell Updated March 13, 2021 by Shannon Dorey

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The very top of St. Patrick's Bell, which is dated from 1091-1105, depicts a fish head with eyes made of blue gems. Twirling Celtic serpents decorate the sides of the bell, which is important because both the serpent and fish were symbols associated with the alien Nummo, who were described as being both fish and serpent-like.Dorey, The Nummo p. 35

The entire structure of St. Patrick's Bell is in the same shape of the Dogon Smithy and Celestial Granary, which had the same form in the Dogon religion, and were associated with creation.Dorey, The Rose p. 62

In Dogon star knowledge, the Dogon Smithy was a euphemism for a black hole.Dorey, The Rose p. 61 The red and white gems on this bell would have been important symbols to the Dogon and would have been associated with stars. They would have been symbols of white compact stars, which form blackholes, and red giant stars, which are considered the source of most elements and life in the Universe.Dorey, The Rose p. 416

To the Dogon, musical vibrations were the impetus for the creation of life, which is what this bell symbolizes.

The "Celestial Smith", who was associated with the alien Nummo, beat out the rhythm of the Universe in the Smithy. the Dogon elder OgotemmĂȘli told Griaule that when men quarrelled with one another, the Smith would intervene, hammer in hand, and strike the rocks or anvil. This symbolized the Nummo bringing a divine note into human disorder.

According to OgotemmĂȘli, 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."Dorey, The Rose p. 301

The Dogon hand bell ganana, which was a small iron bell that was struck with a wand, became associated with this first rhythm of resurrection and with the "Celestial Smith" striking the rock or anvil.Dorey, The Nummo p. 91

An everyday black smith held special status in the Dogon religion because he reminded humans of the mythical first Smith, the benefits he brought to humans, and the supreme power of Amma and the Water Spirit (Nummo).Dorey, The Rose p. 301

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