by Shannon Dorey
Ubaid Serpent-Goddess Figures
4500 BCE ©British Museum
Our perception of reality is something we take for granted. We believe something is real because we have been told that it is real. It has been "real" for generations. But what if the truth had been deliberately kept from us? What if the truth was so devastating and so bleak that those who were aware of it chose to protect us from it?
My research supports the fact that a fundamental truth of our existence has been known by various secret groups throughout human history but denied to the majority of people because of its disconcerting nature.
It was through researching the ancient African Dogon religion that I discovered the core mystery religion from which every other religion, including Christianity and Judaism, has evolved. The Dogon oral mystery religion is a disturbing truth which appears in ancient histories from all over the world, but it was only written down in 1946.
According to the Dogon, human origins were associated with fish-tailed serpent-like beings known as Nummo who came to Earth from the stars. These beings were primarily amphibious hermaphrodites but identified with the sacred feminine and the goddess.1
The Nummo were immortal beings in the sense that when they died and were reborn, they could remember their previous existence. The Dogon elder, Ogotemmêli, reported that while they were on land, the Nummo stood upright on their tails. The Nummos' skin was primarily green, but, like the chameleon, it sometimes changed colours. It was said, in fact, to at times have all the colours of the rainbow.2
According to the Dogon, there wasn't any intelligent life on the planet when the Nummo first appeared. The religion's lore suggested that the Nummos' world had been dying, which was why they took flight in their spaceships and ended up on Earth.
The Nummo had planned to live on the Earth and combine their DNA with the animals they found here to create a new life form they could inhabit. What Dogon mythology tells us is that the Nummos' experiment failed. Not only was humanity born from this failure, but, as a result, humans became forever twinned to the alien Nummo. Nummo souls were lost in the experiment and beings that were once immortal became mortal creatures. They could no longer remember having lived before and forgot all association with their own kind.
Evidence indicates that the Dogon mystery religion was the basis of the early Masonic societies, the Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians, and others. It is also associated with the secrets of the Merovingian dynasty, though not in the way that others have claimed. In Holy Blood Holy Grail, Lincoln, Leigh, and Baigent wrote that Merovingian kings became kings through sacred right on their twelfth birthday. They were priest-kings rather than ruling kings.3 These authors asserted that the objective of the Knights Templar was to protect the Merovingian bloodline because they believe that the Frankish royal family was descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalen.
Other research on the Merovingians points, however, to beliefs that they were descended from alien beings who were the offspring of nephilim, or fallen angels. The Merovingians traced their ancestry back to one Mérovée, a semi mythical person who was born of two fathers, one a sea monster, the other, a king named Clodio.4 My research ties the ancestors of the Merovingians to the same alien beings, known to the Dogon people as the Nummo.
In my book, The Master (Mistress) of Speech, I associate the Nummo with many ancient goddess figures including the Egyptian Neith. In the Dogon religion, the Nummo were symbolized by cows and the sun. In the Dogon language, the sun's name, nay, had the same etymology as mother, na, and cow, nã.5 According to Katherine Griffis-Greenberg, the goddess Neith was an androgynous being often referred to in Egyptian texts as the "eldest," the "first" deity, and was associated with the "cow of heaven."6
Ubaid serpent-goddess figures uncovered in Ur in southern Iraq, which date from around 4500 BCE and are shown above, depict the Nummo as they were described by Ogotemmêli. These figures came from prehistoric villages of the Ubaid culture that was named after a site near Ur explored in 1922.7
These statues have lines on their bellies that were described by Ogotemmêli, as being in two rows of short slanting lines that formed a series of V's without points.8 The statues also have strange bumps on the shoulders and elbows that are similar to the copper bracelets worn by Dogon people on their wrists and elbows. These bracelets represented the circular bones that extended from the skin at that part of the Nummos' arms.9 The Ubaid figures' bodies are streamlined like serpent's bodies but, like the Nummo, they also have fish tails.
In the Dogon religion, the androgynous Master (Mistress) of Speech, who was half fish and half human, was regarded as the saviour of humanity. This individual, who was also known as the seventh ancestor, had the perfect combination of Nummo and human DNA. This individual was sacrificed so that all humans born afterwards would have the perfect DNA in their genetic makeup. This was to correct the mistake of the Nummos' first experiment and eventually allow all humans to find the immortality that had been lost to them.
The fish has long been a popular Christian symbol. This suggests to me that the Master (Mistress) of Speech, a figure which according to my research predates Christianity, probably influenced the later Christian myth.
In the Bible there are verses that tell that Jesus walked on water. The Pope's ring is known as the fisherman's ring, and on it is an engraving of the hall of fishes. In the Dogon religion, the fish-tailed Master (Mistress) of Speech was identified with the sacred feminine. I believe her characteristics were later blended with the male figure of Christ by the patriarchal fathers. In my book, The Nummo, I point to Mary Magdalen, whose name is said to come from her birthplace, Magdala Nunayya, "Magdala of the Fishes,"10 as perhaps being the original Master (Mistress) of Speech figure.
Dogon mythology also appears in Greek myths, including stories about the gorgons and the goddesses Artemis, Athena, Demeter and Persephone. Because the Nummo were self-fertilizing beings, they did not need a mate to procreate, and this may have been the source of myths relating to virgin goddesses. They could also create life through genetic engineering experiments and regenerate those who were old or dying.
In the Dogon religion, the process involving the experiment to create humans was described as being carried out in a bowl-like object that had a mushroom shaped cap. The Arthurian legend of the search for the Holy Grail may be connected to this object, which I believe is also associated with the earlier Irish and Welsh Celtic myths relating to "Bran the Blessed," the "Cauldron of Regeneration," and the islands of the Otherworld. The keeper of the Holy Grail, the Fisher King, appears in the late 12th century in the first Grail story by Chrétien de Troyes, where he is physically challenged and spends most of his time fishing. 11 Because the Nummo had trouble moving about on land, they were perceived as being physically challenged. They had a device that was referred to as an iron sandal that they used to fly around on. There was only one sandal because the Nummo had a tail and were identified as having only one leg. The device emitted fire as it moved and was not allowed to be taken into certain areas because it would damage the crops. In those areas the Dogon carried the Nummo on their backs.12
The impotent Fisher King was likewise identified with the Nummo, whose world had been dying out. After their failed experiment, the Earth became a mortal wasteland. For further information refer to my books, The Master of Speech and The Nummo which can be purchased at shannondorey.com
1Shannon Dorey, The Nummo. Elemental Expressions Ltd. p. 124.
2Marcel Griaule. Conversations with Ogotemmêli: An Introduction to Dogon Religious Ideas. Oxford University Press, London for the International African Institute, 1965. p. 188.
3 Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail, BPCC Hazell Books, Aylesbury, England, 1990. p.253.
4Dan Burstein, Secrets of the Code, (CDS, New York, NY. 2004) p. 348.
5Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, The Pale Fox, trans. Stephen C. Infantino, Ph.D. (originally published in French as Le renard pale, by L'Institute d'Ethnologie, Paris, 1965), Chino Valley, Arizona: Continuum Foundation, 1986, p. 508.
6Katherine Griffis-Greenberg, The Guiding Feminine: Goddesses of Ancient Egypt: Neith, 1999. http://www.geocities.com/skhmt_netjert/neith.html
7Gordon Childe. New Light on the Most Ancient East. V. Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd. London. First published in 1934. Revised 1952. p.13.
8Griaule. p. 80-81.
9Griaule. p. 81.
10http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09523a.htm Magdala, New Advent. Catholic Encyclopedia.
11http://www.timelessmyths.com/arthurian/grail.html#FisherKing Timeless Myths 1999-2003. Jimmy Joe.
12Griaule. p. 119.