St. Patrick's Bell Updated March 7, 2020 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 depicted on either side. This depiction is important because the Nummo were both serpent and fish like, and twirling Celtic serpents decorate the side of the bell. These fish-shaped eyes also appear on page 188 Recto of the Celtic Book of Kells.Dorey, The Nummo p. 170
The entire structure of St. Patrick's Bell is in the same shape as 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
Musical vibrations were the impetus for the creation of life, which is what this bell symbolizes.
When you study Dogon star knowledge, you realize that the Dogon Smithy is a euphemism for a black hole.Dorey, The Rose p. 61 The red and white gems on this bell are important symbols that the Dogon would have associated with stars. They are 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
The "Celestial Smith", who was associated with the alien Nummo, beat out the rhythm of the Universe in the Smithy. Ogotemmêli 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 Ogotemmêli, 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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