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Alien Hybrid Ancestor of Humanity in Gnosticism

Updated July 2023

Gnostic Gem depicts LébéDorey, The Nummo, 2019 edition, p. 254

This is a picture of a lion faced deity found on a Gnostic gem in Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures published in 1722. The importance of this gem is that it depicts Lébé as she/he was known to the Dogon people.

The androgynous Lébé, who was symbolized by the lion, had a serpent-like tail and was part alien Nummo and part human. She/he was created during the third genetic experiment or "Third Word". Lébé was considered the immortal mother of present day humans, who became single sexed and mortal beings five generations after Lébé's birth

The alien Nummo considered Lébé's creation the hope for humanity. It was believed by the Nummo that humans would eventually find their way back to truth and immortality. "Humans after regeneration must be drawn towards the ideal as a farmer is drawn to rich farmland."Dorey, Day of the Fish, 2022 edition, p. 1 In conjuntion with being symbolized by a lion, Lébé was symbolized by the sun, which is depicted on this gem.

Gnostic Gem depicts the JackalDorey, The Nummo, 2019 edition, p. 69

In The Nummo, I refer to other similarities between the Dogon religion and Gnosticism as other Dogon symbols appear on Gnostic gems including depictions of the Jackal, the first mortal male human, with his serpent-like legs and cock head. On this gem, he is identified with Yahweh, who is the God of Judaism and subsequently Christianity. The Jackal was associated with the first failed experiment and considered the evil in the Dogon matriarchal religion.Dorey, The Nummo pp. 65-69

Like other apocryphal documents, Gnostic scriptures were left out of the New Testament at the time it was compiled in the fourth and fifth centuries. They were considered too pagan, which was incompatible with what the Church fathers believed was correct Christian doctrine. Joseph Campbell believed that the earlier symbols of the matriarchal religion were reversed by the patriarchal fathers, which my research on the Dogon religion supports.

Until recently, little was known of the Gnostic writings because the orthodox Church was successful at banning the writings and the teaching of Gnosticism. The Gnostic teachers disappeared and what we knew about them in history came primarily from the writings of their enemies, the Church fathers.

It wasn't until 1945, when a collection of Gnostic writings was found in Upper Egypt, that more information became available on Gnosticism. These previously unknown documents, the Nag Hammadi library, have "provided overwhelming evidence that these Gnostic writings are based on either the Old or the New Testament, or both, and that they represent a way of radically reinterpreting the biblical tradition."

Although individual Gnostics held varying beliefs, they generally "agreed that the salvation of human beings depended on their gaining knowledge of the origin of the world. One of the Greek words for knowledge, gnosis, was used in the literature for this special kind of divine information, and gave its name to the movement: Gnosticism."

In earlier forms of the doctrine, it was thought the God of the universe had created the world through his chosen agent, Wisdom also called Sophia.Dorey, The Nummo (2019 edition) p. 251 Griaule used the word "sophy" in trying to explain his understanding of the Dogon way of thinking. He said the Dogon saw the universe as an "orderly whole, where the notion of law was less present than that of a pre-established harmony, incessantly troubled and continually reordered."Dorey, The Nummo (2019 edition) p. 251

In the Gnostic scriptures "the Word" was identified with Sophia. In Dogon mythology "the Word" was so. The Fourth Word was known as the "clear Word," so dayi. The "good word" was so ezu, which constituted "the final state of knowledge" and which may have some etymological association with so phia.

Griaule reported that during the Dogon initiation process individuals didn't just acquire an accumulation of knowledge or a philosophy, but what they learned was of an educational nature that made them understand the structures of the universe. This led them "to as conscious and complete a life as possible within nature and society".

Elements of Dogon mythology can be found throughout the Gnostic scriptures. In Dogon mythology, humans were supposed to be given the ability to know themselves as well as all other creatures and matter in the universe. The Gnostic scripture Wisdom: On the Origin of the World talks of a similar ability.

Pistis Sophia desired [to cause] the one who had no spirit to receive the pattern of a likeness and rule over the matter and over all its powers, a ruler first appeared out of the waters, lion-like in appearance, androgynous and having a great authority within himself, but not knowing whence he came into being." The passage later says he "came into being by means of the word."Dorey, The Nummo (2019 edition) p. 252

For more information on the Dogon religion refer to my books, The Master (Mistress) of Speech, The Nummo, Day of the Fish and The Rose.


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