Shannon Dorey Blogs About the Alien Nummo Jan. 11, Thunderbirds and the Nummo
Namgis Thunderbird Maskhttps://www.brooklynmuseum.org/ opencollection/objects/19432
In Day of the Fish, I associate the Nummo with the Thunderbird, known to many North American Indigenous Peoples as a supernatural creature.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 349 The Thunderbird is believed to be an Ancestral Sky Being of the Namgis clan of the Kwakwaka'wakw.
This open Thunderbird mask, which is dated to 19th c., is from Alert Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and is one of the most clever depictions I have come across in my research. To me it clearly indicates an association between the African Dogon religion and North American Indigenous beliefs.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 321
Thunderbird Mask DrawingSource Unknown
In this sketch of the mask, we see the frog image on top, which is associated with the amphibious aspect of the Nummo, who were often associated with frogs in ancient cultures. In ancient Europe the frog was associated with the Goddess, a reflection of the Nummo, who were identified with the divine feminine. According to Gimbutas, the Sheela Na gig figure, which has been found incorporated into old churches in medieval Ireland and England was none other than the ancient frog or toad goddess, the birth giver and regeneratrix inherited from the Neolithic.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 53-54
The dual serpents on either side of the mask are particularly important in association with the Nummo, who were described by the Dogon people as being androgynous or "twin" Serpents.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 349
The Thunderbird is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength. The beating of its enormous wings causes thunder, stirs up the wind, and creates storms. Sheet lighting flashes from it eyes. In masks it is depicted as many coloured, with two curling horns and often teeth within its beak.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 349
These descriptions of the Thunderbird are like descriptions of the Nummo in their spaceship, which was associated with wind. The Dogon described a whirling wind when the ship landed. It stirred up a pile of dust and hit the ground with such a violent impact that it gave the ground its rough shape.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 349
"Like the Nummo, the Thunderbird has horns and is 'many coloured' like the rainbow. When talking about the Nummo spaceship Griaule reported, 'His [Her] left forefoot made a black track, his [her] right a red track, the two others one green and one yellow. That fourfold track was called the 'the Nummo's track.'"Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 349
"The Nummo were shape-shifters and Thunderbirds as a species were also shape-shifters. They were associated with fire, a sun dance, and the Tree of Life. The Nummo were symbolized by the sun and dancing was important to the Dogon people because music and dancing were associated with the "first rhythm of resurrection." Like the Nummo, the Thunderbird was believed to control rainfall.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 349
According to the Brooklyn Museum, where the mask is currenlty located, the figure on the bottom is also a bird and the individual wearing the mask would be covered in feathers, while dancing.https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/ opencollection/objects/19432 The Nummo were described as having gizzards like birds and the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli associated the Nummo with birds.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 94
In the Dogon religion, an ant was identified with the first humans, and one can't help but wonder if this figure on the bottom, with its ant-like eyes, was originally associated with an ant. Like the Nummo, the Hopi, who are descended from the Ancient Pueblo Peoples, have legends involving the "Ant People".Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 9
Closed Thunderbird Mask
When the mask is closed it depicts the Thunderbird. In the Dogon religion, the bird associated with the Mistress of Speech, who was part human and part Nummo, was the blue and white donu bird.
The donu bird was associated with resurrection and humans regaining their immortality. The human figure, in the middle of the open mask, represents this human transformation.
The mask is brilliant because not only does it describe the Nummo but it depicts the different creations found in the Dogon religion indicating that they are linked to the same source. It shows that the dual serpents and frog, which represent the Nummo, are connected to humans, identified with the figure in the centre. The bird, which which appears when the mask is closed, represents the Mistress of Speech and is the ultimate form of resurrection.
I describe other bird associations in The Nummo.
Throughout the world, birds I consider to be associated with the Nummo and the Mistress of Speech are those of predominantly blue or green plumage. This includes the donu, the peacock, and the quetzal bird. In Egyptian mythology, Horus was depicted as a blue falcon. The eagle does not share this colour, but evidence indicates to me that it was associated with the Nummo and the Mistress of Speech in some cultures.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo p. 222
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Dragon Hill By FrasmaconDragon Hill taken from the Uffington White Horse
By Frasmacon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Because the Nummo had a fish or serpent like tail instead of two feet like humans, they had trouble moving about on land. They had a device that the Dogon described as an iron sandal that emitted fire and allowed them to fly.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech, p. 23
Because the Nummo were aquatic beings, they likely had fish scales as some ancient depictions associated with them seem to suggest. Because their travelling device emitted fire, I believe that when they were flying they became associated with the mythical dragon.
We find the Nummo/dragon association in both Celtic and Chinese mythology.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 190-199 I believe that the Nummos' flying device may have been associated with Dragon Hill, a natural chalk hill with an artificial flat-top situated in Oxfordshire below the White Horse of Uffington. My research has shown a close connection between the Dogon religion and the Celtic beliefs of Europe, indicating they may have been the same religion.
A bare patch of chalk is found on top of Dragon Hill where no grass will grow.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Hill,_Uffington Because of this, I believe this hill may have acted as a resting pad for the Nummos' travelling device. In the Dogon village, a field was left unseeded for the Nummos' flying device. This is because the device affected the villagers' crops.
Ogotemmêli said the Nummos' device could not "move out of the reserved territory" because it would scorch the millet and the village itself. Instead of using their flying devices, in areas where there were crops growing, the Nummo had to be carried on the backs of humans.
There was some suggestion that the flying device was made of iron to protect the land from the flames it emitted. According to Ogotemmêli, iron was "the colour of shade," and the sandal the Serpent wore to move about was made of iron because iron protected the soil from "feet of fire".Shannon Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech, pp. 22-23
Close-up of Dragon Hill ©Robert Hill©Robert Hill
A later legend associated with Dragon Hill, probably originating in Christianity, reported that it was on this summit that Saint George slew the dragon, and the area where nothing grows is purported to be where the dragon's blood spilled.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Hill,_Uffington
Wayland's Smithy©Robert HillShannon Dorey, The Nummo p. 8
It was suggested that the area is some sort of Iron Age ritual site associated with the nearby White Horse of Uffington. Besides the symbol of the mermaid, the Eight Nummo Ancestors were associated with centaurs especially in assocation with the smithy, which had important religious significance in the Dogon religion. Wayland's Smithy is also located in the same area of Oxfordshire, which is important because the Nummo were known as "Heaven's Smiths".Shannon Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech, p. 23 I refer to this in The Nummo.
In the Celtic Hallstatt Culture, the Smith was identified as a dangerous wizard. According to Joseph Campbell, the Hallstatt Culture, which occupied what is now modern Germany around 900 BCE, was characterized by a gradual introduction of iron tools fashioned by a class of itinerant smiths, who in later mythic lore appear as dangerous wizards. An example can be found in the German legend of Wayland the Smith.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 7
Wayland (also Weyland, Weland, Volund, and Volundr) was the traditional Saxon god of smiths. Many places in the British Isles were associated with him, in particular Wayland's Smithy, the Neolithic burial chamber in Oxfordshire located near Swindon and Ashbury. Saxon settlers, believing it to have been made by the smith god, named the tomb Wayland's Smithy. Later, a legend grew that Wayland would re-shoe the horse of any passing traveller who left a silver penny beside the tomb.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 23
For more information on this area of England and the significance of the mounds to the Dogon religion refer to this article comparing the Chalk Mounds in England with those in the US..
Hans Christian Andersenhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ File:Andersen-hc.jpg
I had a brief discussion on Facebook the other day with someone telling me how intersexed people felt emotionally drawn to the mermaid myth. In lieu of my research on the Dogon religion, I found this fascinating. I tried to find some information about this and discovered that sure enough one of the support groups for intersexed children and teenagers is called Mermaids.
One of the reasons that this is so unique is that when I was researching The Nummo and Day of the Fish, Hans Christen Andersen (1805-1875) kept coming up in my research. He is the author of both The Little Mermaid, and The Flax.
The symbols in these stories were drawn to my attention because they are very similar to symbols found in the Dogon religion. I discovered that many of Andersen's stories were based on Danish folktales that he had heard as a child. These were oral tales that had been passed on from generation to generation and like the stories from the Dogon religion, I believe they must have been based on ancient religious myths.Dorey, Day of the Fish, pp. 87-88
I also discovered that Andersen was believed to have been intersexed. The Hans Christian Andersen Center reports, "to a large extent, Andersen was a spiritually androgynous person or, as Soren Kierkegaard put it in Af en endnu Levendes Papirer (1838; Early Polemical Writings 1990): he is 'like those flowers where the male and the female sit on one stalk')."
Andersen, who was born in the town of Odense, Denmark was rumoured to have been the illegitimate son of the royal family. When Andersen was young, King Frederick VI took a personal interest in him paying for part of his education.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Christian_Andersen
Queen Caroline Mathilde http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: Caroline_Mathilde_i_milit%C3%A6runiform.jpgFrom a painting by Peder Als from 1770
King Frederick VI's mother was Queen Matilda, the sister of King George VIII of Britain. She is shown here in the military uniform of the Queens Guard Regiment.
She was known for shocking the Danish public by riding through town dressed as a man.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_ Matilda_of_Great_Britain King Frederick VI's father was Christian VII of Denmark, who was mentally ill and rumored to have been a homosexual.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_VII_of_Denmark
My research indicates that some of the Royals in Europe, including the Stuarts, who were part of the Merovingian bloodline, were familiar with myths about the hermaphroditic Nummo and the Eight Ancestors.
Myths about the Merovingians report that they were descended from aliens and Mérovée, the ancestor of the Merovingians, was reported to have been the child of a sea creature. (For more information on this read my series on Shugborough, Rennes Le Chateau and Secret Societies .)
The Merovingian bloodline was an important element of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code, where the Frankish royal family was believed to be descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
My research indicates that this bloodline is much older than the biblical myths of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. It is associated with beliefs that predate Christianity by millennia. Instead of being the child of the biblical Jesus and Mary Magdalene, these myths associate Mérovée with the alien Nummo.
Because of their ancestry, Mérovée and his descendants were reputed to have supernatural powers and unnaturally long lives. The bloodline of Mérovée was also supposed to have had special qualities.
I believe that Mérovée may have been the offspring of the First and Second Ancestors, referred to by the Dogon. Although primarily male, these ancestors were both hermaphrodites. All of the Eight Ancestors were part human and part Nummo and had a human upper body and a fish tailed lower body.
The second experiment was supposed to be successful as long as procreation was controlled. A love affair between the First and Second Ancestors and the birth of their child ruined the second genetic engineering experiment and caused humans to lose their immortality and androgyny.
Andersen may have been privy to secret information about the ancient religion and the Merovingians through King Fredrick VI. Andersen may have even discovered the truth about our aquatic and androgynous origins and learned how special he really was. His story The Ugly Duckling, which is about an ugly little duck who is born different, suffers abuse, and then matures into a beautiful swan, may parallel his own life and revelation.
Royal Arms of Norway and Denmarkhttp://commons. wikimedia.org/wiki/File: Royal_Arms_of_Norway_%26_ Denmark_(1699-1819).svg
A crowned dragon, an image which I associate with the Nummo, a crowned lion (the lion is a symbol of Lébé), a swan with a crown around its neck, a horse (another symbol of the Nummo) and various other lions appear on the Royal Arms of Denmark and Norway from 1699 to 1819. (shown above).
There are also eight hearts around the three lions on the top left of the Royal Arms that may symbolize the Eight Ancestors. Hearts are an important symbol that I discuss in Day of the Fish. The swan on the Royal Arms may have been the source for the swan in Andersen's story of The Ugly Duckling.
According to the Dogon, as a result of the Nummos' third experiment, future humans would eventually evolve back into immortal, androgynous beings and regain their aquatic attributes. If what the Dogon tell us is the truth, then is it possible that individuals born intersexed are evidence of the genetic changes that are supposed to occur in humanity over time?
One of the main themes that emerges from the Dogon religion is that our genetic makeup is connected to our spiritual essence. Is it possible that through their DNA, these individuals are more spiritually connected to the Nummo?
In the past, the medical community has convinced some intersexed people with ambiguous external genitalia to have their "genitalia surgically modified to resemble either female or male genitals."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersex Parents were convinced to do this as soon as their intersexed children were born to hide their intersexed genitalia from society.
"Since the advancements in surgery have made it possible for intersex conditions to be concealed, many people are not aware of how frequently intersex conditions arise in human beings or that they occur at all. Contemporary social activists, scientists and health practitioners, among others, have begun to revisit the issue. Awareness of the existence of physical sexual variation in human beings has increased." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersex
During Marcel Griaule's time spent with the Dogon during the 1930s and 40s, he witnessed the continuous celebration of twin births because twins symbolized the androgynous Nummo. According to Griaule, the celebration of twin births was a cult that extended all over Africa at that time. The birth of twins was a reminder of the immortal Nummo and humanity's loss of twinness and androgyny.
My research in Day of the Fish reveals that twins were once celebrated in many areas of the world. It is amazing how quickly old beliefs are forgotten, suppressed and in some instances reversed by conquering cultures. We think of this happening in ancient history but there is evidence that this has occurred in Africa over the past 70 to 80 years.
It was told to me recently that female twins in their early 20s, feared for their safety on a recent trip to Kenya, because twins are now considered evil there. It is shocking to think how fast these beliefs have changed. For more information on twins and Dogon beliefs refer to my book, Day of the Fish.
Splendor Solis 15th CenturyShannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 314
This is Plate IX of the manuscript, Splendour Solis (Splendour of the Sun), which shows a two headed hermaphrodite with one red and one white wing, holding a circular mirror in one hand and an egg in the other.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 314
In The Master (Mistress) of Speech I refer to the importance of the colours red and white in the Dogon religion. The Dogon associated the colour red with a red giant sun, which was a symbol of life; and the colour white with a white dwarf star, a symbol of death.
A white dwarf is what is left after a red giant sun has expelled all of its gas to create a nebula, which is a stellar nursery where all life is created. It is for this reason that the Dogon perceived a red sun as a pregnant sun. The colour red was therefore a female symbol and the colour white, a male symbol.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech, p. 257
Splendour Solis (Splendour of the Sun), which shows these Dogon colours in conjunction with a hermaphrodite and the sun, may suggest an association with the Dogon religion. These colours essentially identify opposite aspects of the same essence.
The depiction of the hermaphrodite holding a mirror associates this figure with images of mermaids discussed in my books. The picture of The Penitent Magdalene, which was painted sometime between 1625 and 1650 by Georges de la Tour, shows her with a red skirt shaped like a fish tail looking into a mirror.
Mermaids holding mirrors also appear in the watermarks of the Albigensians and in the misericords found carved on the underside of the hinged seats of choir-stalls in medieval churches and cathedrals that were discussed in my books, The Nummo and Day of the Fish.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 246 and The Nummo p. 229.
The main character of Splendour Solis is Solomon Trismosin, Adept and Teacher of Paracelsus and the book is an autobiographical account of his travels in search of the Philosopher's Stone. Paracelsus was born as Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim on 11 November or 17 December in 1493 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, and died on 24 September in 1541 in Salzburg. He was a "Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist."
The manuscript was written in a language identified as Central German and reveals the alchemical death and rebirth of the king.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, pp. 313-315
In the introduction to the manuscript the author says, that the process (referring to the alchemical death and rebirth) "stretches through the History of Alchemy like a Sea-serpent." The author continues,
The Sea-serpent may be a living aquatic monster that has survived the Deluge and other Cataclysms in some deep cave. It is with the Philosopher's Stone as with the Sea-serpent, some say they have seen it, while the whole mass of mankind [humanity] has not; but the evidence of the few who have seen, outweighs the opinion of the many who may have not. A thing still is, though people know nothing about it. Like Argon or Neon, it may be universal, and remain universally unknown, yet, nevertheless, it exists.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 314
The above passage would suggest that some Nummo still inhabited the Earth and were known to a few individuals in the 1500s.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 314 In Chapter 18 of Day of the Fish, I refer to the 10th-century document, the Canon Episcopi, which describes how groups of women met at night to worship the pagan goddess Diana (Greek Artemis), and believed that they would ride in processions upon beasts led by Diana across "great spaces of the Earth."
The Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana) was described as having a fish tail in some accounts and appears in statues from Ephesus in Turkey with a fish tail. Did the Nummo still interact with humans right up until the witch trials in the fifteenth century?
These associations help to confirm that what is known to us today as the Dogon religion was practised throughout Europe before the witch trials.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, pp. 313-315
My research would tend to support Margaret Murray's premise that the consistency of the stories from those convicted of witchcraft were evidence of a wide-spread pre-Christian religion existing in Europe. While the earliest witch trial occurred in 1324, the peak of the witch hunt was between 1580 and 1630 and the last known trial occurred in 1782. J.B. Hare describes some of Murray's conclusions.
Murray, upon examination of the evidence, concluded that as barbaric as the witch trials were, they were conducted according to long-established legal procedures; that there was material evidence, witnesses corroborated each other, and (perhaps most tellingly) that not all confessions were extracted under torture. In some cases the accused testified willingly. They even went to their deaths unrepentantly insisting that their faith was the true religion and Christianity was false.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 248
My research indicates that the Dogon religion, which is associated with the pre-Christian religion, was likely the source of Christianity, supporting the claims of those who were murdered by the Inquisition. In the introduction to her book, The Witch-Cult in Western Europe, Murray states,
The deity of this cult was incarnate in a man, a woman, or an animal; the animal form being apparently earlier than the human, for the god was often spoken of as wearing the skin or attributes of an animal. At the same time, however, there was another form of the god in the shape of a man with two faces. Such a god is found in Italy (where he was called Janus or Dianus), in Southern France (see pp. 62, 129), and in the English Midlands.
The feminine form of the name, Diana [Artemis], is found throughout Western Europe as the name of the female deity or leader of the so-called Witches, and it is for this reason that I have called this ancient religion the Dianic cult.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 249
Sir James George Frazer published The Golden Bough in 1922, and it is evident that fragments of this old religion were still being practiced in various parts of Europe at that time. More about this can be found in my book Day of the Fish.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish, p. 257
Celtic Pictish Stone ©R. HillShannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 11
The Smith's hammer and other Dogon religious symbols appear on Celtic Pictish stones. The Celtic Pictish religion was known to have existed as early as the first millennium. This stone was found at Abernethy Village, Scotland, at the base of a round tower that was associated with similar Celtic towers found in Ireland.
It is believed that the tower was built in the late eleventh century. Abernethy was a principal seat of the Pictish kingdom.
There are four symbols on this stone, including the hammer and anvil. Between the hammer and anvil is a tuning fork. At the bottom is part of a crescent and a V rod, a common symbol found on other Pictish stones. The rod looks like a bent arrow with a point on one end and the fletching at the other end.
What is interesting is that the bow was originally a musical instrument, which may be what this object represents. Music and vibrations are an important aspect of the Dogon religion and are primarily associated with the smith and the smithy. The smith's hammer striking the rock was the Nummo bringing a divine note into human disorder.
In the Dogon religion, the arrow was identified with the Jackal and the Smith as well as with the regeneration process and with the spaceship as it made its descent. The spaceship was described as being an enormous spindle-whorl, which had served as a target for an arrow, which had been shot by the Smith as he made his descent to Earth.
On his journey through space, the Smith held an arrow in his hand. The Smith or Jackal figure is shown on ancient boundary stones with an arrow.
The Dogon word sagatara meant "powerful and strong" and designated a young man. For three weeks after the birth of a male child in the Dogon society, the mother held an arrow in her hand. It was intended to demonstrate the celestial origin of humanity.
Although linguistics show no connection between the words, I believe the word sagatara has an ancient association with the root of the word Sagittarius from the zodiac, whose glyph is an arrow. Other symbols of the zodiac as they relate to the Dogon religion are discussed in more detail in The Master (Mistress) of Speech.
With the exception of a list of kings and several untranslated Ogham stones, no Pictish writings were known to have survived. There is however an Ogham alphabet which Graves associates with the names of different trees.
Trees played a significant role in the Dogon religion from a practical as well as a religious perspective. Trees were related to the three "words" or experiments carried out on humans. The "word" was a symbol for DNA, and the letters of the alphabet were associated with genetics and the creation of genomes.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, p. 9-11
For more information refer to The Nummo
Thessalay Hermaphrodite 6000-5700 BCShannon Dorey Day of the Fish p. 87
This drawing shows an androgynous being with her hands on her lap. Marija Gimbutas associated this intersexed statue from Sesklo (Magula no. 94, near Larisa, Thessalay; 6000-5700 BCE) with the "sorrowful Christ" motif. Gimbutas relates these sorrowful images to the flax or corn god born out of the earth in the form of flax.
In ancient times flax was used to make both cloth and paper, which is very significant to the Dogon religion and the Master (Mistress) of Speech. These associations are important because cloth was a symbol of the Word in the Dogon religion. The Word, which represented DNA strands, was symbolized by weaving and cloth, which is what I believe this story is about.Day of the Fish, Dorey, p. 86-87
Weaving was an important function identified with the Mistress of Speech, because her DNA, which was created in the second experiment, was used in the creation of all humans born after her. When the Mistress of Speech was created, she was identified as a new Word, which was passed on from generation to generation through weaving, which was symbolic of her genetic and spiritual inheritance.
Ogotemmêli said that weaving became the heritage of humankind, emphasizing that it was for all humans, "handed down from generation to generation" through the "clapping of the shuttle and creaking of the block." This is also the "creaking of the Word." In this regard, the Word becomes embodied in the cloth whose threads are related to the strands of DNA.Day of the Fish, Dorey, p. 75
A Dogon statue of the Master (Mistress) of Speech, which was found in the totemic shrine, showed her with her two hands placed flat on her lap just like this statue. The Mistress of Speech had both a penis and breasts, and if we didn't already know from Ogotemmêli that she was primarily a female being, we might assume that she was a male figure. It is in later patriarchal cultures that we see the Master [Mistress] of Speech being identified as a male saviour.
In her book, Language of the Goddess, Gimbutas tells the story of the flax as known from Hans Christian Andersen's children's story. What is interesting is that some scholars believe Andersen, who wrote the story about the flax was intersexed or a hermaphrodite.
The Hans Christian Andersen Center reports, "to a large extent, Andersen was a spiritually androgynous person or, as Soren Kierkegaard put it in, Af en endnu Levendes Papirer, (1838; Early Polemical Writings, 1990): he is `like those flowers where the male and the female sit on one stalk'."
I mentioned Hans Christian Andersen in, The Nummo, because he also wrote the story of The Little Mermaid, and the Mistress of Speech was a fish tailed being.
The connection with the Dogon religion is not surprising since many of Andersen's stories were based on Danish folktales that he had heard as a child. These were oral tales that had been passed on from generation to generation and like the stories from the Dogon religion, I believe they must have been based on ancient religious myths.
The "passion of the flax" is a widely spread motif in European folk lore and is best known from Hans Christian Andersen's children's story (1843) telling the sad experiences of the flax: how the seed is buried in the dark earth, thence to raise its head and penetrate to the light of the sun; how its blue flower has to withstand the sun's heat and lashing by the sweeping rain, until one day wicked people come and pull the poor plant, root and all, out of the ground by its hair.
Then they torture it by drowning it in water, roasting it over a fire, beating it with sticks, breaking and dressing it, heckling and combing it with hackle-combs and thorns, spinning it to thread, weaving it into linen, cutting it, piercing it with needles, sewing it into shirts which are worn till they are rags, drowned and pulped and calendered and dried into the paper upon which its story is written.
Before the paper-making motif was introduced, the suffering of the flax ended in shirt making. The flax had to be pulled, rippled, retted, swung, spun, woven, bleached and then sewn into a shirt..
The European flax or corn-god has a close relative in the Near Eastern corn-god Tammuz known from cuneiform tablets. In the text found at Ras Shamra, in the ancient Phoenician city of Ugarit, the Death Goddess Anat kills the corn-god, called Mot, "Death."
..In folk art a "sorrowful Christ" is a well-known figure in central and northern Catholic Europe. This is particularly true for Lithuania, where thousands of "worrying Christs" have been carved in wood and preserved to this day. This image is neither Christian nor Indo-European but a continuing Old European stereotype. In this forested part of Europe, wood-carving traditions persisted for millennia in portrayals of the dying God, originally the Spirit of Vegetation. It was an image which even traumatic upheavals in religious thought were unable to uproot; it survived in the dying Christ."
The fact that the flax was made into the paper on which its story was written is important because the flax is being identified with the Word, in written form. As Gimbutas emphasizes in this passage, "Before the paper-making motif was introduced, the suffering of the flax ended in shirt making." The Dogon religion existed in an oral culture so the Word was never associated with paper.Day of the Fish, Dorey, p. 86-87
We see the Word being associated with papyrus in Egyptian mythology because papyrus was used to make paper in Egypt. I believe that the Mistress of Speech's twenty-two articulations, which were identified with body parts in the Dogon religion, eventually became associated with alphabets in written cultures.The Nummo, Dorey, p. 70 For more information on these Word associations refer to my books.
Martian lakebedImage Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/msl/pia19074/
This evenly layered rock, photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, shows sedimentary signs of a Martian lakebed.Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/msl/pia19074/
The Dogon religion suggests that the Nummo may have come from Mars. The Nummo were symbolized by water and copper, which were symbols of Mars. Copper was considered to be at the source of creation. Humans and the Earth, on the other hand, were symbolized by iron.
According to the Dogon, when Mars was formed it was made of soft copper, which the Dogon called, menu olu. The word which designates the placenta, me, comes from the same root as the word copper menu.
Copper was also called ya menu, "copper of past times." It was the symbol of permanence because according to the Dogon it didn't die. The expression designated "all ancient things that do not end" that do not disappear. The word menu, "piece" and mene, which designates the sacrifice or purification before the killing of the victim, are of the same root as me, placenta.
Ogotemmêli indicated that the Nummo came to Earth when something destroyed their world. Mars was identified with sacrifice, death and regeneration. Dogon symbolism points to a failed experiment of some type involving a red giant star.
According to the Dogon, the Nummo brought life and intelligence to the Earth through genetic engineering. At the time they came here, humans were animals living in caves.
Lion Figure 32,000 bpShannon Dorey Day of the Fish p. 15
In Day of the Fish, I wrote about Mitochondrial Eve, the name given by geneticists to the woman who was the last common matrilineal ancestor of all human beings living today. She was a member of a group of humans living around 200,000 years ago in Africa.
According to the Dogon, this woman, who was the mother of present day humans, was an immortal hermaphrodite known as Lébé. Lébé was symbolized by the lion in the Dogon religion and the musical octave was a metaphor for Lébé's birth. I believe that the world's oldest known animal shaped image (shown above), an ivory mammoth sculpture, shaped like a lion, symbolizes Lébé.
This lion sculpture, which is about 32000 years old gives human characteristics to the lion, and comes from the Aurignacian culture. It was found in a cave in Swabian Alb, Germany. This sculpture was originally identified as "the lion man" but was more recently redefined as "the lion lady."
The Aurignacian culture has been called the first modern humans in Europe. Anthropologists also found a similar but smaller, lion-headed sculpture, along with other animal figures and several flutes, in another cave in the same region of Germany. This find led them to speculate that the lion-figure may have played "an important role in the mythology of humans of the early Upper Paleolithic."
The flutes found in the cave with the lion sculpture, are some of the oldest musical instruments in the world, reinforcing the lion figure's association with Lébé, who was identified with the Eighth Ancestor and symbolized by the musical octave.Day of the Fish, Dorey pp. 14-15
Lébé was so important to the Dogon people, that when they fled their homeland of Mandé sometime between the tenth and thirteenth centuries because of their refusal to convert to Islam, they took with them the earth of their main altar to Lébé. Mandé, which is west of Bamako, was the site of the ancient Mandingo Empire of Keita, also called Mali, which dominated a great part of West Africa in the thirteenth century.Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 333 The Dogon people's refusal to give up their religion and their desire to take Lébé's altar with them, suggests to me that this religion was not only well established before this migration took place but also how important Lébé, the mother of all humanity, was to the religion.Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 34
Red Giant R Sculptoris Ejecting Matterhttp://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121016.html
This is a picture of a red giant produced by NASA. According to NASA, this unusual spiral structure was discovered around "the Milky Way star R Sculptoris, a red giant star located about 1,500 light years away toward the constellation of the Sculptor (Sculptoris).
The star was observed with the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)... " The picture shows how giant stars evolve towards the end of their lives.http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121016.html
If ALMA was needed to obtain a picture of a red giant, then how did the Dogon know what a red giant looked like? Compare NASA's photo to this Dogon drawing associated with the Sigui festival commemorating the events involving the red giant star the Female Po Pilu.
Signs drawn for the SiguiDorey, The Rose p. 13
The Sigui festival was held once every sixty years and was associated with death on the Earth.
In The Sirius Mystery, Robert Temple believed that the red giant star Emme ya was a red dwarf star but my extensive study of the symbolism in the Dogon religion, clearly shows that this star was a red giant.
Stars with masses close to that of our Sun become red giant stars in the later stages of their lives. The radius of a red giant star is believed to expand to a size comparable to the orbit of the Earth, and the matter at the surface of the star, flows out and escapes. Dust is formed in the out flowing gas when the temperature decreases. This mixture of gas and dust is blown away from the central star, and it expands into space.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/star-caught-devouring-its_n_1820229.html
When our sun becomes a red giant in the later stages of its life, scientists believe that all life on Earth will likely be killed off in the process. Red giant stars literally gobble up all celestial bodies in their path as they expand into space. During the process, they also eject matter, which then goes on to create nebulae, which create new stars and planets.
In the Dogon religion, both the stars the Female Po Pilu and Emme ya ejected matter to create life and from a mythological point of view were associated with sacrifice and regeneration. The actions of the red giant star are also a metaphor for the sacrifical ritual hunt in the Dogon religion involving the Mistress of Speech and regeneration.
In order to achieve human regeneration, in some Dogon myths the Mistress of Speech swallowed and then regurgitated Lébé, the mother of all humans living today.Shannon Dorey, The Nummo p. 11 I believe this was a metaphor for what happens in the universe when red giant stars reach the end of their lives.Dorey, The Rose pp. 10-11
This next drawing is of the Female Po Pilu ejecting matter.Dorey, The Rose p. 9
Star Po Pilu Ejecting MatterDorey, The Rose p. 9
This Dogon drawing is incredibly similar to this artist's drawing from the European Space Agency of a red giant ejecting matter. These Dogon drawings are quite remarkable and reveal that the Dogon had advanced knowledge of astrophysics.
Red Giant Ejecting Matter
Photo: ESA Credit JAXAEuropean Space Agency.; Photo: ESA Credit JAXA.
http://www.esa.int/esa-mmg/mmg.pl? b=b&topic=Astronomy% 20targets&subtopic=Dust%2C%20interstellar &single=y&start=21&size=b
Flatwoods Alien 1952http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatwoods_monster
This is a picture of an alien that appeared in Braxton County, West Virgina in 1952. Erin Radoja sent this story to me because it reminded her of the amphibious Nummo and their "iron sandal" that helped them move quickly over the land.
The Braxton County alien was described as reptilian with disjointed arms and it floated around in a machine. "Witnesses described the creature's head as having bulging, non-human eyes and as either being shaped like a heart, or as having a large heart shaped cowling behind it...." The Nummo were green and the Nummo Ancestors had bulging eyes and disjointed arms.
The Braxton County "creature's body was described as being man-shaped and clad in a dark pleated skirt; later described as being green. Some accounts record that the creature had no visible arms, while others describe it as having short, stubby arms; ending in long, claw-like fingers, which protruded from the front of its body"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatwoods_monster
The creature's heart shaped head is intriguing because the heart appears on many ancient artefacts in association with fish tailed beings. The Nummo and Nummo Ancestors were fish tailed hermaphrodites and the fish tailed hermaphroditic god Dagon, appears on an ancient amphora with hearts. The name "Dagon" was first mentioned in Mari texts, and is from Amorite names in Syria and Canaan dating to about 2500 BCE.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 42-50
Heart headed doguPhoto: Heritage of Japan, Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 42-50
Many images of the Greek Gorgons show them with hearts and many of the Japanese Jomon dogu statues are shown with heart shaped heads and faces. This is a heart headed dogu statue dated 1000-2000 BCE from Gohara in the Gunma Prefecture, provided by the Heritage of Japan. Notice the strange arms on this figure.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 277 See also Chapters 3 and 10
Hekate on Boeotian vase in the geometric styleShannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p.140
Throughout my research, I have found many connections between the Greek goddess Artemis and the Mistress of Speech from the Dogon religion. According to Carl Kerényi, the goddess with the heart shaped head on this Boeotian amphora represents Hekate in her triple form. He links her with the twins Apollo and Artemis, who are also named Hekatos and Hekate. "Hekate had a share of the sky, the Earth and the sea."
The Nummo and Nummo Ancestors were all hermaphrodites and were considered twins by the Dogon people. An image of the Mistress of Speech was drawn by a Dogon artist showing her in her fish form with an image of her hermaphroditic daughter Lébé inside her also shaped like a fish. The heart headed goddess on this amphora also shows a fish inside her. She also has strange hands reminiscent of the Braxton alien.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p.140
The Braxton alien has wide open eyes and the Nummo Ancestors were described as having "wide open eyes" suggestive of frog type eyes. Images of frogs, toads, fish, and salamanders appear in many of the Goddess artefacts of Old Europe. The goddess Artemis was worshiped as a toad in Egypt, Italy, and Lithuania.
Gorgon With HeartsShannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p.140 Hekate©Robert Hill
This is an image of a Gorgon with salamanders, snakes and hearts on a relief from an Attic amphora dating from the seventh to the fifth century BCE. Marija Gimbutas believed that the images on this relief were inherited from the Neolithic.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p.48
Bear Worship by the Ainu, Painting 1870, Photo by PHGCOMhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AinuBearSacrificeCirca1870.jpg
Research published in the November 2012 issue of the Genetics Society of America's journal Genetics reported that
Northern European populations, including British, Scandinavians, French, and some Eastern Europeans, descend from a mixture of two very different ancestral populations, and one of these populations is related to Native Americans.http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.ca/2012/11/ native-americans-and-northern-europeans.html
Some of these groups were discussed in my books, The Nummo and Day of the Fish, because they share common beliefs associated with the Dogon religion. Some archaeologists claim that none of these groups have had any past connection. If these groups weren't connected in the past, then how come they share the same DNA? This genetic discovery helps to confirm my research.
One important connection between these groups, which I discuss in Day of the Fish, is bear worship.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 213-220
Bear worship is found in many "North American and North Eurasian ethnic circumpolar religions such as the Sami, Nivkh, Ainu, and pre-Christian Finns. There are also a number of deities, from Celtic Gaul and Britain, associated with the bear and the bear is featured on many totems throughout northern cultures that carve them. Bear worship may have been practiced as far back as the Middle paleolithic period amongst Neanderthal societies."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_worship
The significance of the bear in Old European rituals is supported by the number of bear vases produced continuously from the 7th to the 3rd millennia BCE. Many of the symbols suggest an association with the snake and water as a source of life. Gimbutas reported that "Bear Madonnas, or women wearing bear masks and holding cubs, are known from the Vinca art of the 5th millennium BCE."Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 217
The Greek name Arcadia derives from Arkades, which means "People of the Bear." The Arcadians of Greece claimed descent from Arkas, the patron deity of the land, whose name meant "bear."Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 213-220
The ancestors of the Merovingians were said to be connected with Arcadia's royal house and myths about the Merovingians said they were descended from aliens and were associated with sea creatures.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 26
According to the ancient Greeks, a goddess named Eurynome had a temple in Arcadia in a spot difficult to access. The temple was only open once a year. The cult image of her showed a woman with a fish's tail and the inhabitants of the region believed her to be the goddess Artemis. I believe that this fish-tailed figure is associated with the fish-tailed alien Nummo, known to the Dogon people.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 213-220
Artemis was also associated with a bear. Artemis' (Diana's) temple at Ephesus, an ancient Greek city located in the western part of Turkey, was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. This shows the respect that ancient people had for this goddess.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 25
Some of the Ainu people of Japan, who are descendants of the ancient Jomon, Mesolithic-Neolithic hunters and gatherers in about 14,000 to 300 BCE, are also "Descendants of the bear" (Kimun Kamui sanikiri)."Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 26
According to Harold Bayley, the Greeks believed it was the constellation called the Great Bear that kept watch over the Earth. Some North American Indigenous Peoples believed that the Bear was immortal. Bayley further reported that "the seven great stars that constitute the Great Bear have not the faintest resemblance to the form of a bear, yet they appear to be known almost universally&133;..."
"[T]he constellation was once known as the 'Sheepfold'; and it would appear from the emblem herewith that the Great Bear was regarded as a symbol of the Great Spirit, the Triple Perfection &133; the Light of the World, the Alpha and Omega, or Jesus Christ."Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 214 The Mistress of Speech was known as the Seventh Ancestor, which may have some association with these seven stars.
My research points to the fact that the bear was worshipped all across Europe and was a key element of the ancient Pagan religion, a religion that I associate with the Dogon religion. My research points to this religion as being the oldest religion in the world.
Coat of Arms Pope Benedict XVIhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:
BXVI_CoA_like_gfx_PioM.sv Author : Piotr Michal Jaworski; PioM EN DE PL
Legends of Christian saints taming bears were a recurrent motif used by the Church to symbolize the victory of Christianity over Paganism. According to one myth, Saint Corbinian (c. 670 - c. 730) was a Frankish bishop who tamed a bear and made him carry his baggage over the mountains.
The saddled "bear of St. Corbinian" the emblem of Freising, a town in Bavaria, Germany, is incorporated in the coat of arms of the current Pope Benedict XVI, shown below, along with keys and a sea shell, other important symbols associated with the pagan religion.
The Pope's miter, which looks like a fish head, appears on top of the coat of arms. The Pope's ring is known as the fisherman's ring, and depicts an engraving of a hall of fishes. All of these symbols suggest that the pagan religion that existed in Europe was the same religion that had been practised by the Dogon people.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish pp. 213-220 This same religion was also practised by Indigenous Peoples in North America.
Artists Conception of Our Sun as a Red Giant by B. JacobsArt created and donated to Wikipedia by B. Jacobs.
Sun_Red_Giant.jpg The remains of artificial structures
on Earth after the Sun enters its red
giant phase and swells to roughly 100
times its current size.
I've been researching the Dogon religion for almost 13 years and when I read recently in a minor footnote that the red star emme ya tolo had exploded,Griaule and Dieterlen, The Pale Fox p. 507 I was blown away to say the least. (no pun intended) There has been much ink devoted to this star, which was identified by Griaule and Dieterlen in The Pale Fox, as existing in the Sirius star system. Robert Temple wrote that this star was a red dwarf in his book The Sirius Mystery, and the star was thought to have been discovered in 1995 by two French astronomers, who called it Sirius C. Since we now know that the star exploded, it means that emme ya tolo was a red giant and not a red dwarf star, as was earlier believed. The Nummo's planet or world associated with the star was likely consumed by the red giant star as it expanded into space. This video by NASA tells us what happens when suns become red giants. Fried Planets
For me this little footnote in The Pale Fox spoke volumes as the symbols I had already established from my earlier research started to make complete sense in the context of the solar system. Through this one little footnote, I was able to learn that this red giant had been a threat to life in our solar system.
Satan, by Gustave Doré, in John Milton's Paradise Lost
I was sent this link from Sherry Bartley this morning about Satan (the opposer) and I feel it is important to clarify why I believe that Satan was the Jackal in the Dogon religion. In Isaiah, Lucifer was called the fallen angel and was not only identified with Satan but with the planet Venus when it appeared as the morning star. In the Dogon religion, the planet Venus was a symbol of the Jackal.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech p. 127 The Jackal was the evil figure in the Dogon religion and associated with the destruction of the Earth and the Nummos' world.
Patriarchal cultures later reversed the symbols associated with the Jackal and males, and the Nummo and females. The Nummo were known as "the Serpent" in the Dogon and other pagan religions so instead of it being a symbol of good as it had been in the earlier religions, the patriarchal fathers turned it into a symbol of evil.
As a result of this switch, many people today associate the image of a serpent with the devil or Satan. According to the great mythologist, Joseph Campbell, the Serpent had been revered in the Levant for at least seven thousand years before the composition of the Book of Genesis.Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech p. 234 We know from Ogotemmêli that the primarily female hermaphroditic Nummo were self-fertilizing amphibians. My research indicates that because of this they were identified with the sacred feminine and the goddess.
Goddesses, not gods, were the focus of Neolithic European religion. For instance, twenty times more female figurines than male figurines were excavated from Neolithic European sites. In The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler points out that the focus of Neolithic art appears to have been the unity of all things in nature, and the supreme power governing the universe was the divine Mother, personified by the Goddess. Marija Gimbutas wrote that, "the persistence of Goddess worship for more than 20,000 years, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic and beyond, is shown by the continuity of a variety of a series of conventional images." Goddesses and heroines were often described as having given birth parthenogenetically; that is they became pregnant autonomously, without the fertilization of man or god.
We know from Ogotemmêli that the Nummo created and regenerated life in the smithy, which was their spaceship. This means they were familiar with biological engineering and genetics. All of these factors would contribute to the idea of parthenogenesis. They were also immortal beings who were considered more spiritually advanced than humans.
Old Europe was a culture that was "egalitarian and peaceful." This all changed with the influx of the ancestors of the Indo-Europeans who were "patriarchal, stratified, mobile, and war-oriented." These aggressive semi-nomadics disturbed most of central and eastern Europe during the fourth millennium BCE. In her book, Whence the Goddess, Miriam Robbins Dexter points out that domination was part of the patriarchal world view whereas the earlier societies had held an equalitarian world view.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 163
These patriarchal fathers from the warring tribes whose traditions have come down to us in Judaism and Christianity, as well as in the Greek and Roman myths, didn't like the fact that the male figure was associated with evil in the earlier religion. It was these male leaders who were responsible for reversing the earlier religious symbols. My research indicates that when the figures in the earlier religion were reversed in Christianity and Judaism, the spiritually immortal Nummo (the Goddesses) were transformed into evil serpents and identified with the devil or Satan. Joseph Campbell refers to this moment in history as the birth of the sun king. In the Dogon religion the Nummo were symbolized by the sun and the Jackal was symbolized by the moon. Campbell reports:
And the celestial orb to which the monarch is now likened is no longer the silvery moon, which dies and is resurrected and is light yet also dark, but the golden sun, the blaze of which is eternal and before which shadows, demons, enemies, and ambiguities take flight. The new age of the Sun God has dawned, and there is to follow an extremely interesting, mythologically confusing development (known as solarization), whereby the entire symbolic system of the earlier age is to be reversed, with the moon and the lunar bull assigned to the mythic sphere of the female, and the lion, the solar principle, to the male.
When this reversal happened, the original evil figure, the Jackal, became Yahweh, the God of Judaism, who went on to become the God of Christianity. The figure below shows a second and first century amulet of the snake-footed man known as the Anguipede, or the snake-footed god. On this amulet, the Anguipede has soft, serpent-like legs. Before the single-sexed male Jackal was regenerated his body had a human appearance, but his arms and legs were flexible "like serpents after the arms of the Great Nummo."
Snake-footed God as YahwehShannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 165
According to Campbell, this snake-footed god was identified as Iaw. Iao, a variant spelling, is a form of the Tetragrammaton, the four Hebrew letters used to represent the unspoken Name of the God of Judaism. The amulet above shows the name Yahweh beneath this rooster-headed snake god. The rooster was a symbol of the Jackal as he was depicted on the walls of Dogon totemic shrines. The Jackal was identified with the Dogon word Yo, which meant "to enter like a thief to grab something." Whether this has an ancient association with the Hebrew word Iao is unknown.Shannon Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 165
According to Campbell, many Jews of the second and first centuries wore these types of amulets. He refers to II Maccabees 12:32-45, which tells us that "when the bodies of several Jews who had died fighting for Yahweh were prepared for burial there was discovered on each 'an amulet of the idols of Jamnia.'" Jamnia was an ancient city in central Israel. "Its modern name is Yavne. A central city of Philistia, the Bible refers to its walls being destroyed by Uzziah. It was pillaged by Judas Maccabaeus and later rebuilt. In the last years before the sack of Jerusalem (A.D. 70), Jamnia became a great Jewish cultural center." A dedication from Delos showed that in association with the cult at Jamnia all animals except goats could be sacrificed. This is an important reference because besides being symbolized by the moon and a rooster, in the Dogon religion, the Jackal was most often known by reference to a dog, fox or goat. He was also symbolized by the colour white, whereas the Nummo and the Mistress of Speech were symbolized by the colour red.
The changes that occured in Judaism and Christianity never occured in the Dogon religion. The immortal, primarily female, hermaphroditic Nummo were still identified with the sun in the 1930's when Griaule and Dieterlen first encountered the Dogon. Lébé, a key figure in the religion, who was also primarily female, was still symbolized by the lion.
12th-century AD Sheela Na gig from St. Mary's and St. David's Church, Kilpeck, Herefordshire, England.John Harding, Wikimedia Commons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SheelaWiki.jpg www.sheelanagig.org
After watching one of the Ancient Alien shows about the 11,700 year old temple at Gobekli Tepe, I felt compelled to do some research on the site to see how the symbols there compared to the Dogon religion. What I discovered is that the symbols found at Gobekli Tepe are the same symbols that were known to the Dogon people and which have been discussed in my books. This is also the same religion that the anthropologist Marija Gimbutas identified as the Goddess religion of Old Europe. One of the most interesting things I discovered while researching Gobekli Tepe is that there is a frog-like Sheela Na gig found in a drawing carved into a stone slab on the floor of the Gobekli Tepe Lowenpfeilergebaude. The naked woman is depicted in a sitting position with straddled legs. Two standing pillars with lions sculpted in relief are protecting her.http://medusacoils.blogspot.ca/2009/03/worlds-first-Sheela-na-gig-at-worlds.html Lydia Ruyle The lion was a symbol of Lébé in the Dogon religion, and because she was a hermaphrodite she was usually portrayed as two lions, which would associate her with these two pillars. Lébé was considered the mother of humanity. You rarely hear of this Sheela Na gig image from Gobekli Tepe, which was pointed out in a blog article by Lydia Ruyle.
According to Gimbutas, Sheela Na gig, a figure which has been found incorporated into old churches in medieval Ireland and England, was none other than the ancient frog or toad goddess, the birth giver and regeneratrix inherited from the Neolithic. Frogs are important symbols associated with the Dogon religion because frogs are amphibians like the Nummo. Frogs appear throughout the Neolithic and are discussed in detail in my latest book, Day of the Fish.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 44 Gimbutas discusses the significance of the frog and toad image to Goddess mythology:
The frog and toad image, along with the frog-shaped woman displaying her vulva, appears across a wide time span, not only during the European and Anatolian Neolithic but in the Near East, China, and the Americas. Several closely related frog deity images in Egypt and the Near East help explain the function of this goddess. Egyptians revered the frog as Heket, primordial mother of all existence. In the early predynastic period (around 3100 BCE), she was portrayed as a woman with a frog head, or as a frog or toad impersonating the goddess. "Frog" was her hieroglyphic sign. Heket controlled fecundity and regeneration after death.
I believe that stories about the Eight Nummo Ancestors also appear in Egyptian myths in the tales of the "Ogdoad of Khmunu (Hermopolis), four frog gods and four snake goddesses of chaos." Other images found at Gobekli Tepe also relate to the Dogon religion reaffirming my conclusion in Day of the Fish that the Dogon religion is the oldest religion in the world. For more information on Gobekli Tepe refer to this article, The Symbols at Gobekli Tepe.
Stages of the solar eclipse May 20 by Brocken Inagloryhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: Solar_Eclipse_May_20,2012.jpg
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth and fully or partly covers the sun as viewed from a location on Earth. This can only happen during a new moon, when the sun and moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth. The Dogon depicted the separation of humans from the Nummo by drawing a diagram with the sun (the Nummo and divine feminine) on the right and the moon (humans/the Jackal) on the left, with a line between them. In the Dogon religion, the union of the sun and moon symbolized the union of humans with the Nummo, and a return to androgyny and immortality. A solar eclipse is also known as the Ring of Fire, which is shown in the picture above. During the fire festivals of Europe, mistletoe was collected on a new moon. These festivals, which I discuss in "Day of the Fish," are associated with the stolen fire and human regeneration in the Dogon religion.
Prior to the Mistress of Speech's sacrifice and regeneration her umbilical cord, which had been planted, came to life and transformed itself into a tree known as the kilena. It was this tree that the Mistress of Speech was tied to when she was sacrificed. The Dogon said the kilena tree had the power to revive the dead. According to the Dogon, during the regeneration process the yayaga plant, which was fed by the Mistress of Speech's sacrificial blood, grew on the kilena tree in the same way that mistletoe grows on an oak. The yayaga plant represented a purification of the withered tree."Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 226 I believe that it is because the sacrificial blood looked like mistletoe that mistletoe became associated with the fire festivals of Europe.
The Dogon described how the Nummo spaceship, symbolized by the sun, had moved to the west after the Mistress of Speech's regeneration. It then struck her on the forehead with some kind of current that sent a shock into the nape of her neck, spine, and kidneys. In the Dogon village, women wore a leather and metal strap to show the place where the sun (the spaceship) struck the Mistress of Speech's forehead. In the folklore of Europe, in some cases, it was thought that mistletoe plants were brought to Earth when lightning struck a tree in a blaze of gold.
Frazer found that the modern Ainu of Japan, who also worshipped a fire goddess, agreed with the Druids that mistletoe was a cure for almost every disease and with the ancient Italians who applied it to women to help them bear children. Frazer also referred to the fact that the mistletoe had to be shot down in order for it to be powerful. In the Dogon religion, the lightning bolt came from the spaceship which was in the sky above. According to Frazer, the fire festivals existed long before Christianity and were Christianized by naming Midsummer Day after St. John the Baptist. "Whatever their origin, they have prevailed all over this quarter of the globe, from Ireland on the west to Russia on the east, and from Norway and Sweden on the north to Spain and Greece on the south."Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 202-206
According to the Dogon, the blood from the Mistress of Speech's sacrifice and regeneration "nourished the universe and rid it of its impurities." She shared her body with humans to feed them, and it was said that "the universe drank his [her] body . He [She] gave all his [her] living principles to human beings."Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 209
"Eclipses of the sun and moon always come in groups. A solar eclipse is always accompanied by a lunar eclipse two weeks before or after it, since over those two weeks the moon travels halfway around in its orbit and is likely to form another almost straight line with the Earth and sun." The full moon on Monday June 4 will dip through Earth's shadow early Monday in a partial lunar eclipse that promises to impress skywatchers.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/ 47648602/ns/technology_and_science-space/ A lunar eclipse also symbolizes the union of Humans with the Nummo.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 207
5000 - 4000 BCEThis serpent Madonna was once located at the Baghdad Museum. The current location is unknown. Information on this Ur Madonnas is found in Day of the Fish pp. 20-34
I believe that because the Nummo were self-fertilizing hermaphrodites that they inspired the myth of the Virgin goddess. Most people are familiar with the Virgin Mary with her baby Jesus found in Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. This is a much later recreation of the first Madonna images that predate Christianity by about 5000 years.
If we look at the Madonna figure from Ur, found in southern Iraq from a prehistoric village of the Ubaid culture, which dates from 5000-4000 BCE, she looks like a serpent with slanted eyes and a casque on her head. This is exactly how the Nummo were described by the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli. This figure's tail has been broken off but other Ur Madonna figurines are depicted with fishtails. One such figure is found in the British Museum. They all seem to appear with these lines on their bellies. The Nummo had these same lines that were mimicked by the Dogon women in the form of tattoos that stretched from below the breasts to the abdomen. One strange aspect of the Nummo was the appearance of circular bones that protruded from their skin in place of joints at the wrists and elbows. Similar circular protrusions appear on the shoulders and elbows of this Ur figurine. These circular markings that look like bumps are an unusual aspect of these statues. Because the Nummo were identified with the sacred feminine, these bumps were mimicked by the Dogon women in wearing arm and wrist bracelets. Ogotemmêli reported that "all that adorns the Spirit of Water also belongs to women."Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 308
The Nummo also had a circular bone at the end of their tails and this was likewise mimicked by the Dogon women who wore a bracelet on their right ankle. Because the Nummo only had a tail and didn't have two legs like humans they were perceived as having only one leg. The Nummo's leg was always identified with the right leg. Everything symbolizing the Nummo appeared on the right side of the Dogon sanctuary and everything symbolizing the male Jackal, the evil in the religion, always appeared on the left.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 20 -23.
7 Verso, the Virgin and Child in the Book of KellsThe Book of Kells 7 Verso, Folio of the Virgin and Child
An example of the Christian Madonna is shown above taken from the Celtic Book of Kells. This image shows the Virgin mother with two right feet, while Jesus is shown with two left feet. This aspect of the picture indicates to me that the original artist had come from the pagan religion and been forced perhaps against his or her will to accommodate the book to Christianity. The Book of Kells, which was believed to have been created in the ninth century in the monastery of Saint Colm Cille on the Island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland, was thought to have come from the Celtic pagan religion and later transcribed to accommodate the four Christian gospels. My research shows that the Celtic pagan religion is the same religion that was practised by the Dogon people.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 30
The Nummo Serpent
©Robert Hill 2011
Day of the Fish p. 305
The rainbow was an important symbol in the Dogon religion. Not only did it describe the trail that the spaceship left as it moved through the sky but it symbolized the appearance of the Nummo. The Nummo's skin was primarily green, but like the chameleon, it sometimes changed colours. It was said to at times have all the colours of the rainbow.
The picture on the left, appeared on one of the Dogon sanctuaries, and symbolized the head and body of the Great Nummo. It was made of four lines of four colors which denoted the rainbow and the four alchemical elements from "the outside to the inside, respectively, water (black), fire (red), air (white) and earth (ochre)." The sinuous shape of the figure portrayed the falling of rain "represented on the inside by black dots, and the water flowing on the ground." Water was a symbol of the Nummo in the Dogon religion. The image recalled the Nummo on Earth, which in the Dogon religion was a symbol of immortality. It was associated with the Mistress (Master) of Speech, who was immortal. The drawing was likewise a diagram of the rainbow.
My research reveals that the alien Nummo were associated with the Rainbow Serpents that appeared in the art and mythology of Aboriginal Australia dating back to 6000 years ago. The picture below is an Australian Aboriginal rock painting of The Rainbow Serpent.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 308
Rainbow Serpent, Mark O'Neilwww.DigitalTribes.com http://en. wikipedia.org/wiki/ File:RainbowSerpent.jpg
The name the Rainbow Serpent was coined in 1926 by Professor Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, a British anthropologist specialising in Australian Aboriginal ethnology and ethnography, who determined that many Australian Aboriginal groups shared variations of a common myth telling of an unusually powerful, creative, and often dangerous snake or serpent of enormous size who was associated with rainbows, rain, rivers, and deep waterholes and descended from a larger being visible as a dark streak in the Milky Way.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Serpent Rainbow Serpent
The "star of the Milky Way" was important to the Dogon. Griaule and Dieterlen thought the term might refer to Saturn, because the star of the Milky Way was described as being a bulging funeral urn. The opening of the funeral urn was surrounded by a bulge, which represented the star's permanent halo. I believe the Dogon were actually talking about the Milky Way itself, which is our own galaxy. This picture is an "artist's conception of the spiral structure of the Milky Way with two major stellar arms and a central bar."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:236084 main_ MilkyWay-full-annotated.jpg
Artist's Rendition of The Milky Way NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurthttp://www.spitzer. caltech.edu/Media/ releases/ssc2008-10/ssc2008-10b.shtml
Comparing the Milky Way to our observations of another galaxy, scientists have determined what it might look like to an observer from another galaxy. When viewed from the side, a picture of another galaxy shows "the central bulge of the nucleus." There is also a "halo, which is a spherical region, centered on the nucleus, with a radius of about 50,000 light years. This halo contains very old stars, produced early on when the galaxy was still forming. Most of these stars are in vast collections called globular clusters."Reiterer Martin, Reiterer Stefan, Dinhobl Erhard,
The Milky Way-our galaxy, ESO
http://www.eso.org/public/ outreach/eduoff/cas/ cas2002/cas-projects/austria_milky_1/ 2007. The Dogon drew the picture of the star of the Milky Way under the urn during a consecration of the altar to the ancestors (vageu). All the other deceased members of the lineage were placed in a spiral around it. These ancestors likely symbolized the old stars that were produced when the galaxy was forming. Our galaxy is only one of billions of galaxies in the universe.Nigel Bannister. The Milky Way http://www.star.le.ac.uk/edu/mway/ July 5, 1999. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /File:236084main_MilkyWay-full-annotated.jpg
"This dazzling infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows hundreds of thousands of stars crowded into the swirling core of our spiral Milky Way galaxy. In visible-light pictures, this region cannot be seen at all because dust lying between Earth and the galactic center blocks our view."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: Milky_Way_IR_Spitzer.jpg
The Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescopehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /File:Milky_Way_IR_Spitzer.jpg
I wrote Dreamtime and the Dogon in 2010 for New Dawn magazine. The article compares Dogon myths about the Nummo with Australian aboriginal myths about the Rainbow Serpent. For more detailed information on the Rainbow serpent you can also refer to Day of the Fish.
Kathy Jensen sent me a picture of three female deities who were known as the Latin mothers and venerated in North-West Europe from the 1st to the 5th century AD. These goddesses, who were depicted almost entirely in groups of three, some with Celtic and others with Germanic inscriptions, were found in the regions of Germania, Eastern Gaul, and upper Italy.
Terracotta relief of the Matres, from Bibracte, city of the Aedui in Gaul Wkipedia
These three mothers, who were also known as the Triple Goddess, were discussed in my books, Day of the Fish and The Nummo because three mothers were also venerated in the Dogon religion. They included the Nummo, the Mistress of Speech, and Lébé. In my second book, The Nummo, I discuss the Celtic water goddess Coventina, who was also depicted as a Triple Goddess as shown in this woodcut of a 2nd century stone relief from Coventina's Well in Carrawburgh, Northumberland, England.
This woodcut is published in The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells Of England, including Rivers, Lakes, Fountains and Springs. Copiously Illustrated By Curious Original Woodcuts. by Robert Charles Hope, F.S.A., F.R.S.L., in 1893 Wikipedia
According to Miranda Green, Coventina was worshipped in Britain, North-west Spain, and at Narbonne in southern Gaul. On another stone image, Coventina is depicted reclining on waves lapping against a bank, waving a water lily leaf in one hand and holding an overturned pitcher of flowing water in the other.
The water lily is a symbol identified with the Nummo in the Dogon religion. I believe the overturned pitcher is a symbol of a Dogon religious object, which when turned over, represented all matter being poured over the Earth after the Nummos' experiment. In Day of the Fish I associate these depictions with Greek myths about the Water Carriers, myths which my research reveals are about regeneration.
Coventina is likewise associated with the Lady of the Lake from the Arthurian Legends. A variant of the name of the Lady of the Lake is Vivienne, which is related to the Celtic Vi-Vianna and is probably derived from Co-Vianna, a variant of the name of Coventina.
According to Graves, "the `Lady of the Lake', was also called `the White Serpent', `Nimue' and `Vivien', whom Professor Rhys in his Arthurian Legend identifies with Rhiannon." The Nummo looked like serpents and when the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli spoke of the Nummo, he most often referred to them as "The Serpent."
Nimue, the foster-mother of Sir Lancelot, raised him beneath the murky waters of her lake. The Nummo were fish-tailed beings and their spaceships resided under water and underground. Nimue was also responsible for creating the sword Excalibur.
This work seems to reiterate Nimue's connection with the Nummo who were known as Heaven's Smiths. Rhiannon was likewise associated with horse symbolism and the horse was also a symbol of the Nummo and related to the Nummo's spaceship or ark. The stacked round wooden cups that the Hogon used for ceremonies usually had a lid with a horse on top, representing the Nummo.
The Dogon word in the Wazouba language for "horse" meant "power."see The Nummo p. 17-18 & p. 83
"The legs of the object are sometimes a carousel of four horses... `The horses that surround the cup of the Hogon, this is the image of the ark..' This carousel also recalls the four horses on the ark that were released on the ground after its descent. The transformation of the Nummo and the moving of the ark are, analogously, compared to the rapid expansion of the beings on Earth, as depicted by the path of the horses to the four directions of space."
Graves also identified Rhiannon with the mare-headed Demeter. In Greek mythology, Demeter and Persephone were worshipped together as the Twain. I discussed these two goddesses in detail in The Master (Mistress) of Speech. "In Greek myth she [Persephone] symbolized dying vegetation, as her mother, Demeter, represented revived and growing vegetation."
According to Vicki Noble, they were also known as "the Demetres, a name that stresses the oneness of their divinity, one goddess in two guises." The Master (Mistress) of Speech in the Dogon religion was perceived as being part human and part Nummo. One part of her was associated with the Earth and mortality and the other part with the Nummos' world and immortality. Mortality meant death in the Dogon religion and immortality meant life.
Because she was androgynous, the Mistress of Speech was identified as a `twin'. Demeter was not only the Greek Grain Mother, but she was also associated with fire.
In the Dogon religion, grain symbolized the biological nature of the Nummo and fire represented their spiritual nature. The smithy and the granary were the same structure and associated with the Nummo spaceship. It was in the spaceship or the Nummos' smithy where humans were created and regenerated.
The narcissus used in the ancient wreath of Demeter and Persephone, called leirion, was the three-petalled blue fleur-de-lis (lily flower), or iris. As I mentioned earlier, the lily was likewise associated with the Nummo. The Master (Mistress) of Speech, Chapter 7, The Goddess
According to Robert Graves, white, red and black; were the colours of the Triple Goddess and these colours were very important in the Dogon religion. Religious drawings on the Dogon sanctuaries appeared using these three colours. The Nummo p. 17-18 & p. 83
I received this photograph of the Hindu goddess Kundalini Shakti from Shanti Mayi. He sent it to me after hearing my interview on Red Ice Radio. Shanti was struck by how much this statue reminded him of descriptions of the Nummo and the Eight Ancestors.
According to the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli, besides having green skin, the Nummo were described as fish who were capable of walking on land. When they were on land, the Nummo stood upright on their tails. They were amphibians but when talking about the Nummo, Ogotemmêli quite often referred to them as Serpents.
This statue is likely associated with the Master (Mistress) of Speech, who was also known as the Seventh Ancestor in the Dogon religion. She was the saviour of humanity and the hope for the world. If you notice there are seven serpents emerging from behind Kundalini Shakti's head.
I refer to the kundalini in my books The Nummo and Day of the Fish in association with The Threads of Yoga. I believe the The Threads of Yoga may be related to DNA.
According to Joseph Campbell in Myths of Light, these threads take on the form of the things that we see. He said that what we see around us are broken images of a perfect form. In the Dogon religion, the different parts of the Mistress of Speech's body, were associated with seven vibrations.
The Dogon related the development of the complete signs, which was the creation to the realization of the body, to building a house. When the foundation of the big Dogon family home, known as the ginna, was laid, figures were drawn to reveal the presence of the "word," or DNA, in its different aspects as well as its movement within the body of the Mistress of Speech.
Figures were also drawn at the corners of the house that were related to the joints of the Mistress of Speech's body. A seventh figure was drawn at the back of the kitchen, which represented the crown of her head and the fontanel, dana banna or "mark of the skull."
According to Campbell, in order to perceive the perfect form, we have to get the vibrations or energy to stop and connect with the source. In raja yoga the energy is visualized as a coiled serpent. "This is by analogy, a feminine serpent named the kundalini, which means `the coiled-up one'.
The idea is to bring this serpent power up the spine to the head so that our whole being will be animated by the serpent power, so that our psyche is drawn up to full flowering. The spine is pictured as a tree with seven centers called wheels, cakras [chakras]." "The aim of the yogi is to encourage the kundalini to rise from its lair at the base of the spine to unite with the lord of the world, who is waiting at the crown of the head in the seventh cakra [chakra], sahasrara."
In the Dogon religion, the dana banna, or "mark of the skull" was compared to a "natural mark" of the body which evolves like the changing colour of ripening fruit. This suggests that the evolutionary changes that were to occur in humans were to take place in the skull. The Master (Mistress) of Speech p.13, The Nummo p. 98 and Day of the Fish p. 294
One of the things I find puzzling is the lack of intersexed figurines found by archeologists. They appear in the Middle Ages and later in alchemical manuscripts but where are all of the ancient sculptures of them? I know they must have existed.
Marija Gimbutas showed an intersexed figurine with her hands on her knees, which was found near Larisa, Thessalay; and is dated to 6000-5700 BCE that she associated with the sorrowful Christ motif. Even though this figure had breasts, Gimbutas identified it as a male because of its penis. We know from the Dogon religion that this figure was likely female.
The Mistress (Master) of Speech appears with penis, breasts and a pregnant bump in one of the statues found in the Dogon totemic sanctuary. Another statue of her included in the totemic shrine was one showing her with her two hands placed flat on her lap like the sorrowful Christ figures that Gimbutas discussed.
In this position, the Mistress of Speech was said to be leaning on Amma. I believe this image of the Mistress of Speech became associated with the Sorrowful Ancient stereotype that according to Gimbutas survived as the sorrowful Christ figure.
Like Christ in Christianity, the Mistress of Speech was considered the hope for the world in the Dogon religion. She was born with the perfect combination of human and Nummo DNA. She was sacrificed so that her DNA could be used in the birth of all humans born after her.Day of the Fish pp. 82-90
Although they were primarily female beings, the Nummo and the Mistress of Speech were both hermaphrodites. Dogon statues of the Nummo showed them joined back to back, one side female and the other side male.
Twin figures joined together appear throughout the archeological record. In the Double Goddess, Vicki Noble discusses various double goddess finds, including a "two-headed Double Goddess from the Mexican Tlatilco culture (1100-900 BCE) that is strikingly similar to some of the Old European figures from the ancient Balkans, featured in Gimbutas's book."
Robert Graves discussed the Roman god Janus, the two headed god of doors that appears as two males joined back to back. Graves believed that Janus actually may have borrowed his double-headed attribute from the Roman goddess Carmenta who at the Carmentalia, the Carmenta Festival in early January, was addressed by her celebrants as `Postvorta and Antevorta: she who looks both back and forward." This would associate Carmenta with depictions of the Nummo. Day of the Fish pp. 98-105
We have these twin figures appearing throughout the archeological record, which we know from the Dogon religion symbolize androgyny but where are all the other images of hermaphrodites? In the Dogon religion, the Mistress of Speech appears as a female being with breasts and penis. Did archeologists destroy these images because they found them offensive? Did they do the same thing to these statues that the medical community has done to individuals born intersexed. Did they turn them into single sexed beings? I know from my research that these statues must have existed, so where are they?
Many people who were raised as Christians have a fear of snakes and serpents. I received an interesting email a few weeks ago from a woman who lives on Vancouver Island in Canada. She told me of her terrible fear of snakes, so much so that she found looking at the cover of my books difficult.
Before Christianity, the serpent was worshipped in many cultures. It was a symbol of immortality. In the Dogon religion, the Nummo were often referred to as "the Serpent."
One of the things that I have found most fascinating during my research on the Dogon religion is the way in which the symbols from this first religion were reversed by later patriarchal cultures.
We know from the work of Marija Gimbutas, Joseph Campbell and others that the first religions of the Earth were matriarchal. According to Campbell, the patriarchal warring tribes, whose traditions have come down to us in Christianity, Judaism and the Greek and Roman myths didn't like the fact that the sacred feminine was the powerful figure in this first religion, so they reversed the earlier symbols.
We see this in the Bible. As Campbell pointed out to us, there is no mention in the Bible that the serpent who spoke to Eve in Genesis had been revered in the Levant for at least seven thousand years before the composition of the Book of Genesis.The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 234.
In the Dogon religion, the colour white was a symbol of the male Jackal, the failed creation and evil. The colour red was a symbol of love and good and associated with the immortal Nummo and the Mistress of Speech, who was the saviour in the mythology.
When the Christian fathers reversed the symbols and put the single-sexed male in charge of things, the colour white became the symbol of purity, and the colour red became a symbol of evil. This is one of the reasons why people, who have been raised on Christianity, find the idea of the Nummo so disturbing.
Campbell called this moment in history solarization because the Sun, which was once a symbol of the sacred feminine and hermaphroditism, became a symbol of the human male. It was "the birth of the Sun king." Many of us who were raised on Christianity have an unconscious fear of snakes and serpents because they were associated with Satan and Evil. This fear prevents us from seeing the truth about the past, even when the reality of it is clearly laid out before us.
"A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on droplets of water in the earth's atmosphere. It usually takes the form of a single arc. Rainbows caused by Sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the Sun." Wikipedia Rainbow
Both the Sun and Water were symbols of the Nummo in the Dogon religion. It's not surprising then that the Rainbow was also a symbol of them. When the Nummo spaceship moved across the sky it left a track of four colours, black, red, green and yellow, which looked like a Rainbow.
The Nummos' skin was primarily green but sometimes it also shimmered like a rainbow. The colours of the Rainbow also represented the different races of humans at the beginning of time.
The Rainbow appears as a symbol in many ancient mythologies. I wrote an article last year for New Dawn magazine in Australia, on the similarities between the Australian Rainbow Serpent and the Nummo. Drawings of the Rainbow Serpent on cave walls have been dated to about 6000 years ago.
Griaule reported that a rainbow was drawn on the facade of one of the Dogon sanctuaries as three horizontal lines, coloured red, white, and blue-green, curving downward at either end. Similar images appear of the Rainbow Serpent on cave walls in Australia.
In Greek mythology, Iris, a winged, fleet-footed messenger, whose name means rainbow was also identified with "Eidothea, the daughter of Proteus, whose name refers to an eidos, a visible phenomenon such as the rainbow." The Gods of the Greeks, Kerényi. pp. 53-54
According to Robert Graves, Nereus was an alias used by the amphibious King Proteus ('first man'), who was an oracular sacred king pictured in early vase paintings as fish-tailed. He also knew the depths of the sea and was immortal.
In another Greek myth, Eros, the first god hatched from the world egg, was said to have been born of the west wind and the rainbow. According to the Dogon, humans were supposed to have been created in the Nummo spaceship which was associated with both wind and a rainbow.
The main sequence of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, is about the forging and conquest of a great mill called the Sampo, which is a kind of cornucopia with a many-coloured cover. The many-coloured cover looks like the rainbow.
In the Kalevala there is also a story about a Smith. I see the Sampo as the Nummo spaceship, which was also a granary and smithy. There are many references in the epic that relate to the Dogon religion. Day of the Fish pp. 315-317
I live on a river and this morning when I was out feeding the birds, I could hear the early roars of spring. With the snow beginning to melt, the water has begun its annual race through the gorge.
It isn't as loud as it has been in other years but then we haven't had as much snow this year as in the past. I believe it is the Earth screaming out to us that spring is on the way.
One of the things I promised you when I started this website was to provide you with information about the symbols found in the Dogon religion. I thought it would be a helpful companion guide in your study of this religion.
As I've said many times, my research indicates that this is the first religion of the world. In lieu of this, it is not surprising that water, the source of all life, is an important symbol in the religion.
Ogotemmêli told the anthropologist Marcel Griaule, that water was the symbol of the life-force of the world. The Nummo were known as Water Spirits and water was the essence of the Nummo.
The words "water" and "Nummo" were used interchangeably. The Nummo were present in all water, in rain, snow, the seas, lakes oceans and even in the water we drink. The Master (Mistress) of Speech, p. 8.
Stop and think about this for a moment. What does this mean? Does it mean that when you drink water you are drinking the essence or the life-force of the world?
Does it mean that when you go for a swim in the ocean, or a lake, or a river, that you are surrounding yourself with the Nummos' essence?
Does it mean that there is something special in the makeup of water that is also the essence of the Nummo and immortality? Recently researchers have discovered that water actually has memory.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILSyt_Hhbjg&feature=related The Nummo were immortal and in the religion, memory was associated with immortality.
Water is the purest form of life. It is part of what we are. Water covers about 70 percent of the Earth. When we are born we have as much as 75 per cent of our body weight that is water. This percentage decreases as we age.
"Obesity decreases the percentage of water in the body, sometimes to as low as 45 percent". If water is the life force of the world, then it is not surprising that it decreases in our bodies as we age. It is also not surprising that self-inflicted illnesses like obesity would cause it to decrease even further.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_water
There are spiritual aspects of water that scientists are just now beginning to understand. When you are reading the Dogon religion and you come across any form of water, think of the Nummo and immortality. Think of the waters of the womb and human creation. Think of immortality and the source of all life.
On February 2, I received an email from Danamar, identified as a Celtic priestess, who sent me the blessings of Brigid. "The healing of the sacred well, the fire of creativity and the beauty of the coming Spring."
Brighid is a well known Irish Celtic goddess, who was celebrated on Feb. 2. In one of her three forms, Brighid was known as the goddess of smiths. In the Dogon religion, the Nummo were known as "Heaven's Smiths."
The fire from the smithy was associated with the Nummo's spiritual essence and the seed in the granary was associated with their biological essence. The Nummo spaceship was known as both a smithy and a granary, because it was in this object that all of the seeds came down from heaven (the Nummo's world) to be recreated on Earth.
The hammer from the smithy was an important symbol in the Dogon religion. A book known as the Malleus Maleficarum translated as Hammer of Witches was used for about 300 years to convict many witches during the Inquisition. My research indicates that the same religion that was practised by the Dogon people was also practised in Old Europe right up until the witch trials.Day of the Fish p. 250.
There were three human creations in the Dogon religion that I believe are associated with the three aspects of Brighid. The amphibious Nummo were the mothers of the Mistress of Speech. The Mistress of Speech, who had a human upper body and fish-tailed lower body and who was also known as the Seventh Ancestor, was the mother of Lébé. Lébé, who also had a human upper body and fish tailed lower body, was the mother of all present day humans.
In the Dogon religion, these three mothers were hermaphrodites but associated with the sacred feminine. They were symbolized by the Sun, a symbol of fire and creation.
Brighid, known as a triple goddess to the Celtic Irish also appeared as Brigantia in England, Bride in Scotland and Brigandu in Celtic France. Patricia Monaghan, Goddesses & Heroines p.60
Brighid was also identified with sacred wells and the Nummo were likewise known as Water Spirits.
When I was on the Suppressed Historic Archives page today there was mention of the Celic goddess Brighid. Below, there was a post about the water goddess Iemanja being celebrated on the same day in Salvador, Brazil.
Radiah Nunez mentioned Iemanja to me on February 1 during an interview. It was the first time I had ever heard of this goddess.
Radiah is a Yoruba/Lucumi Priestess of Yemaya of Afro-Cuban descent. Brought to Brazil in the 16th century by west African slaves, the cult of Iemanja, which is mainly steeped in Yoruba culture, is celebrated elsewhere across Latin America, including Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Panama.
My research indicates that Brigid and Iemanja are one in the same goddess. I believe that these goddesses stem from the Nummo, the Mistress of Speech and Lébé from the African Dogon religion. In the Brazilian religion, Iemanja is identified with the "feminine principle of creation and the spirit of moonlight."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemaja
Iemanja's association with "moonlight" is likely a patriarchal reversal of the earlier symbol of the Sun. In the Dogon religion, the moon was a symbol of the male Jackal and everything that had gone wrong with the Earth.
Joseph Campbell referred to the reversal of these earlier symbols by warring patriarchal cultures, whose traditions have come down to us in Judaism, Christianity and the Greek and Roman myths. Campbell referred to the reversal of the symbols as solarization and with it came the birth of the Sun king.
This reversal never occurred in the Dogon religion and the Nummo, who represented the sacred feminine, were still symbolized by the Sun in the 1930s and 40s.Refer to Chapter 18, The Witch's Hammer, Day of the Fish p. 244
In some of the images I saw of Iemanja, she was depicted holding a mirror. Mermaids holding mirrors was a common symbol of the watermarks of the Albigensians, who were almost exterminated by the Catholic Church when the crusaders attacked them in the south of France in 1209.
Mermaids holding mirrors also appear in the misericords found carved on the underside of the hinged seats of choir-stalls in medieval churches and cathedrals. I believe that these misericords was another way for these outlawed sects to preserve their beliefs under the nose of the Roman Catholic Church. The Nummo, p. 122
According to Harold Bayley, the image of a mermaid holding a mirror represents "the Mirror of Perfection", a familiar attribute of truth. Day of the Fish p. 314
It's been hazy and gray lately. (One of the reasons Wiarton Willie didn't see his shadow.) I'm not complaining because we haven't had a lot of cold, snowy winter weather this year in comparison to other winters. I have to admit though that it is just so lovely to see the Sun when it finally peaks out from behind a cloud.
This morning was fabulous walking with our dogs near the river. The Sun was shining, the water was running, and the birds were singing and being more cheerful than usual. It feels as if spring really is in the air.
There is little that feels as good as these moments with nature, and yet I really know so little about the natural world. I am envious of those individuals who have grown up in indigenous cultures where they have been taught about the stars overhead, the plants, birds, animals, snakes, lizards and everything that exists in nature. This is a world that most of us know so little about.
If you did grow up in an indigenous culture and you had elders who taught you things about nature and astronomy, do your best to share it with the rest of us. With each passing generation more of this ancient knowledge is lost from humanity.
There is no written record that inspires me more than the record of a speech given by Chief Seattle, or Sealth, chief of the Sequamish and Duwamish tribes given in 1855. These tribes were located in what is now the state of Washington.
I quoted fragments of this speech in my book, The Master (Mistresss) of Speech, because the symbolism in it is similar to the symbols that were used by the Dogon people. The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 241 It is quoted for you here.
The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky, the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the presence of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?
Every part of this Earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle. Every sandy shore. Every mist in the dark woods. Every meadow. Every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people....
Perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man [humans], all belong to the same family. The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water but the blood of our ancestors.
If we sell you our land you must remember that it is sacred. ...[Y]ou must keep it apart and sacred as a place where man[people] can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers. Will you teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother? What befalls the Earth befalls all the sons [and daughters] of the Earth.The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 241
It was in 1999 that I first learned about the Dogon and the Nummo, and it was back in 2002 that I first published The Master of Speech. Here it is 2012. Ten years have gone by but it seems like hardly any time has passed at all. What is it about time that is so elusive?
We see things around us, our children, partners, parents and pets. We know time has passed by because we are physically getting older but the passage of time exists in our minds as such fleeting moments.
I question these things because the Dogon tell us that we were once immortal beings and have forgotten that we are immortal. We now perceive the world in mortal terms. We are born, we live and then we die. Everything we perceive about our lives is linear.
The Nummo were immortal beings and as hard as I have tried to imagine it, I have never fully comprehended their immortal existence. Immortality isn't just about living forever it's about the absence of linear constraints like time. It means perceiving the past, present and future in the same moment.
The Dogon religion is constructed in a ball formation. Every symbol is related to every other symbol. There is no beginning or end, it is relational.
I have said this in my interviews and I stress it here again that until you study the symbolism in the Dogon religion, you will never understand it. This religion existed in an oral culture and if you try to read it like a book you will get nothing from it. Books are constructed in linear formations. They have a beginning, middle and an end.
After studying this religion, I can tell you that all other written records based on oral cultures will tell us very little about those cultures. This is because most of what we have are fragments and you need all the symbols to make sense of it.
The symbols are related to each other and that is how you determine their meaning. The narrative is secondary to the symbolism.
Most oral historical documents have been analyzed using the rules and construction of our written culture. This is why the Dogon religion is so important to us. It was recorded in the 1930s and 40s, when the religion was still being practised.
Ogotemmêli gave Marcel Griaule the symbols, which were embedded in the stories he told to him. We have all the pieces of the puzzle and he left it up to us to fit the pieces together. We musn't let these sacred teachings about our past become lost to humanity.
Through most of his life Ogotemmêli had been an accomplished hunter. In spite of having lost his eye to smallpox as a child, he always came back with a full bag of animals while others were still toiling in the gorges.
He didn't like hunting though. He said it was the work of death and it attracted death. He blamed his profession on the fact that out of twenty-one children he had only five children left.
He lost his second eye to a hunting accident later in life, when his gun exploded in his face. Ogotemmêli believed this accident was the last warning sign and that he knew through this divination that he would never hunt again.
After his accident, he devoted his time to his religion and to offering advice and powders to people who came to visit him on the cliffs. He was the most knowledgeable of the Dogon elders and famous throughout the hills and plateau.Conversations with Ogotemmêli, Griaule, p. 14-15
According to Griaule, it took Ogotemmêli over 20 years to learn his religion. He learned it first from his grandfather and then his father. He was chosen from the Dogon elders to teach it to Griaule because he was the most knowledgeable about it.
My research indicates that the Dogon religion is the mystery pagan religion talked about by the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and others and which was thought to have been lost to humanity.
One aspect of the Dogon religion that helps determine its age is the fact that it comes from an oral culture. The Dogon were still practicing this religion in its oral form in the 1930s when Mali first came under French authority.
The Dogon people were very protective of their religion and it was only in 1946 that they agreed to let Marcel Griaule record the inner most teachings of the religion. The Dogon probably realized that it was only a matter of time before the French authorities would prevent them from practicing their beliefs. They probably felt that Marcel Griaule could be trusted as well as anyone to record this religion.
Unfortunately, the Dogon religion was recorded at a very patriarchal period in our history. Most women had very little power and most were only known by their husband's last names. It is because of the way the religion was recorded by Griaule that most people don't realize that the Dogon religion is a Matriarchal religion.
The Nummo, the Master (Mistress) of Speech and Lébé, who were the key figures in the religion, were hermaphrodites but primarily female beings and associated with the sacred feminine. These figures were all identified as being male in the religion and referred to as "he" when in reality they should have been referred to as, "she." Griaule named his book, Dieu d'Eau: entretiens avec Ogotemmêli (God of Water: Conversations with Ogotemmêli), when in reality it should have been named Déesse du l'eau: entretiens avec Ogotemmêli (Goddess of Water: Conversations with Ogotemmêli). It is through the symbolism in the Dogon religion and through his dialogue with Ogotemmêli that we realize that these beings were female. They were symbolized by the Sun, which was a female symbol.The Nummo, Dorey p. iv
I don't know what it's like where you are. Here it is snowing really hard. We had some freezing rain a few nights ago and the ice is now covered with a layer of snow.
This morning my husband and I took our two dogs walking on an old rail line that has been converted into a trail. We love this old rail trail because it is up over farm land and a forest, and when you are walking you can see the countryside spread out beneath you.
We rarely see people on this trail and today was no exception. In the past we have been entertained by a rabbit racing past but there weren't any rabbits today. We did see some birds. My sister calls them LBO's, the little brown ones. We don't know what their real name is but perhaps they are barn swallows.
The snow was blowing hard today and it looked like a fog in the distance. Because of the ice beneath the snow, every foot step made a crunch sound. Along with the blowing snow slapping against our faces and the crunching sound of the ice under foot, it felt very trance like as we moved along. It was very meditative. This connection with nature is very important to me now.
As we left the trail, I looked down and saw the footprints that we were leaving behind us in the snow. Foot prints are a significant symbol in the Dogon religion because the alien Nummo had fish tails instead of feet like humans. Because of their fish tails, the Dogon people perceived them as having only one foot.
The footprints that appear consistently throughout the religion are associated with genetics and I believe they symbolize mitochondria, which are slipper shaped organelles.Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 155
The Nummo were associated with the sacred feminine and Mitochondrial DNA is only passed from females to their offspring without recombining.
What this means is that by tracing back from mother to mother to mother, geneticists can determine that the mother of all present day humans was a woman who lived in Africa around 152,000-234,000 years ago.
Is it in Mitochondrial DNA that scientists will find our genetic link to the Nummo and the path to the truth? The Dogon religion seems to indicate that to be the case.
After hearing my interview with Henrik on Red Ice Radio, I received an interesting email from Patricia Cleveland who works with horses at the Balanced Horse Project in Dothan, Alberta. In her line of work, Patricia has experienced intense waves of emotion produced by horses.
She was once moved out of a round pen because the horse's wave of fear hit her with such intensity that it triggered an involuntary response within her. Standing outside, rather shaken, she got the horse's message. Using meditative skills, she was able to reveal her intent to the horse, which dropped the invisible barrier between them, and allowed her to work on the horse's body.
She said, "We got each other's pictures per say, without uttering a word." According to Patricia, "telepathy is an airborne form of sonar." She believes that "we are fish that live in a sea of air." This is an interesting observation because the Dogon tell us that humans once lived in an aquatic state. As I said yesterday, I believe the Nummo also communicated using sonar.
Incidentally the horse was a symbol of the Nummo in the Dogon religion. The word for "horse" in the Dogon Wazouba language also meant "power." Day of the Fish, Dorey p. 308
The horse was also associated with the Greek goddess Artemis (Roman Diana), who I believe to be a Greek and Roman version of the Mistress (Master) of Speech from the Dogon religion. Artemis' (Diana's) temple at Ephesus, an ancient Greek city located in the western part of Turkey, was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World.Day of the Fish Dorey, p. 25
According to the Dogon, the vibrations I spoke about yesterday are also a part of our DNA. It is these vibrations that trigger DNA to develop into a human being, plant or animal.
In the Dogon religion, the Musical octave is a metaphor for these vibrations which connect all life together. Because they were aquatic beings, I believe the Nummo communicated using sonar, which may be associated with these vibrations.
With sonar you can observe the internal structure of objects, unlike human vision which stops on the surface of the object being seen. I believe that it is because of this, that the Nummo were capable of communicating with animals and plants on a level unknown to humans. The Master of Speech, Dorey p. 20-21
The Dogon elder, Ogotemmêli believed that animals were purer than humans. The Master of Speech, pp. 28-29 Our own observations tell us that animals are more connected to the vibration that links all life together. They are more tuned into the planet, weather changes and environmental changes than humans.
During the Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004, it was reported that certain animals including elephants had sensed the tsunami approaching and ran from it, whereas some humans ran to the shore to investigate and were drowned as a result of it. It is as if there is a missing piece in our makeup, an emotional and spiritual bond that we have not yet forged.The Master of Speech, Dorey pp. 28-29
Music, which is tied to the vibrations that connect all life, was an important aspect of the Dogon culture. In the Dogon society, the vibrations were expressed through the ringing sound of the hammer striking the anvil in the smithy.
The smithy was like a church, temple, or sanctuary in the Dogon society, and the Smith was an important figure in the religion because the alien Nummo were said to be "Heaven's Smiths." The hammer striking the anvil was the Nummo bringing a divine note into human disorder.
The anvil and bellows eventually evolved into a collection of musical instruments, with the drum replacing the bellows, iron hand bells, the anvil, and drumsticks, the hammer. Music symbolized the vibration of life and it is for this reason that dancing also became associated with the creation of life and resurrection.
It was the hermaphroditic Mistress (Master) of Speech, the saviour in the Dogon religion, who taught humans how to dance. Because she had a fish tail she only moved her arms in swimming motions and stood on one spot.
Humans apparently copied these arm movements and in the beginning, they danced by rotating on one spot as the Nummo did. Humans eventually found this kind of dancing too tiring, however, so they eventually started to move their feet. Day of the Fish, Dorey pp. 142-143
If you want to connect with the Nummo and understand the Dogon religion, the first thing to do is to go outside and walk through the woods. Look around at everything you see there.
Here in Canada, where it's snowing right now, you'll see a few crows, blue jays, if you're lucky a red cardinal, and a few black, grey and red squirrels. Sometimes a chipmunk appears but I haven't seen one of those lately.
In the area where I live, there are cedar trees with massive trunks that have been around for a very long time. Everything in the forest is alive and everything emits an energy, a vibration that you can hear and feel if you close your eyes and absorb it.
These vibrations are what connect humans to each other and to other animals, plants and species in the universe. If you want to find your way back to the truth, you need to reconnect with these vibrations, and the best way to do it, is to reconnect with nature.
I want to thank everyone who emailed me about the interview I did with Henrik at Red Ice Radio. I just finished Day of the Fish in December and this was the first interview I have done on the new book.
Those of you who have been following my books and research know that I haven't given a lot of interviews to date. In the past twelve years, I think I've only done about five interviews. I apologize for that but I have been heavily involved in my research and it has been difficult to find the time for promotion.
I also felt that I wanted to get more of a handle on the Dogon religion before trying to discuss it with others. I can now say with certainty that this is the mystery pagan religion that was thought to have been lost to humanity. It is the oldest religion in the world and takes us back to the creation of humanity itself.
In this Blog I will share with you some of the most important aspects of this religion. I will also discuss with you some of the emails I've received from others.
If you haven't heard the Red Ice Interview and would like to hear it, follow this link. Red Ice Interview
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Thunderbirds and the Nummo
Dragon Hill and the Nummo
Abernethy Pictish Stone and the Smith
Splendor Solis (Splendour of the Sun)
Hammer and Anvil
Hans Christian Andersen
Flax Goddess and the Word
Mitochondrial Eve and Lébé
Swallowing and Regurgitation
Phantom of Flatwoods
Genetic Marker Confirms Research
Satan and Yahweh
Vibrations of the Earth
RedIce Radio Interview
Symbols at Göbekli Tepe
Solar Eclipse and Mistletoe
Madonna and The Nummo
Rainbow Serpent and The Nummo
Mars and Copper
Vibrations and Nature
Music and Vibrations
Hermaphrodites in History
Kundalini Shakti & the Nummo
Water, Memory and Immortality
Iemanja, Brighid & the Mirror of Truth
Chief Seattle(Sealth) & Nature
Time and Immortaltiy
H20 Network Interview
Matriarchy vs Patriarchy
Mitochondrial Eve and Lébé
LBO's, Footprints and DNA
Vibrations and Horses
Vibrations in DNA