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Alien Fish-tailed Nummo Represented Salvation
in Early Christianity and Judaism

Updated June 12, 2023

Early Christian Earthenware LampDorey, The Nummo p. 6

The alien fish-tailed Nummo were associated with salvation in early Christianity and Judaism. Early Christians and Jews clothed themselves in fish-skins to mimic the Nummo, and create the illusion of immortality. On this early Christian earthenware lamp in the Museum of Marseilles the soul has "put on the fish" as a garment.Dorey, The Nummo p. 6

According to Austrian Jewish historian and Biblical scholar, Robert Eisler (1882-1949), "by 'putting on' their mystically fish-shaped divinity, just as certain Greek and Assyrian worshippers of the fish-god clothe themselves with fish-skins, the Christian neophytes equally believe themselves to be symbolically transformed into 'fishes' by the baptismal immersion."Dorey, The Nummo p. 5

He further points out that Jewish Kabbalists believed that when they died, "the souls of the righteous were clothed after their departure in the skin or covering of a fish."Dorey, The Nummo p. 5

Even Tertullian (155-240 AD) of Carthage, North Africa, who was the first Christian author to produce an extensive body of Latin Christian literature states, "But we the Christians are little fishes (pisciculi) after the type (secundum) of our great Fish Jesus Christ, born in the water."Dorey, The Nummo p. 6

The Master (Mistress) of Speech, who was half human and half fish, is a benevolent figure who sacrifices herself for the betterment of humanity. My research associates this hermaphroditic figure, who was also known as the Seventh Nummo Ancestor, with Christ. Like the Christian Christ, the androgynous Master (Mistress) of Speech was regarded as the saviour of humanity.Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 118

In the Dogon religion, humans were enlightened through their genetic association with the Nummo and the Master (Mistress) of Speech. The "Word" was a symbol of DNA and the Mistress (Master) of Speech had the perfect "Word" or perfect DNA. The "Word" appears in the Biblical Gospel of John, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the word was God. He was with God in the beginning ...The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." John 1:1-14Dorey, The Nummo p. 100

The Master (Mistress) of SpeechStatue androgyne. Style Djennenke. Population Pré-dogon. Mali, plateau de Bandiagara. 10-11e siècle. Bois. Inv : 70.2004.12.1 http://www.quaibranly. fr/fr/collections/explorer -les-collections/afrique /pays/MQXAAAAAEAAJ_Mali/ objet/70.2004.12.1.htm

This 10th-11th century wood carving depicts the Master (Mistress) of Speech. It is believed to have been created by people who lived on the Bandiagara plateau before the Dogon. The markings on the face associate the figure with Djenne statues of the Niger interior delta in Mali. I refer to other Djenne statues in Day of the Fish as the symbolism on the statues associates them with the Dogon religion suggesting that both groups practised the same religion. Like the Dogon, they were probably driven from their home because of their refusal to convert to Islam.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 37

The seven wrist bracelets, the raised arms and the twins on her stomach identify this carving as the Master (Mistress) of Speech. She was a hermaphrodite but identified with the sacred feminine as the large breasts would suggest. Because she was part human (male) and part Nummo (female), she was identified as a "twin" and the twins appear on her stomach. This is an imposing statue at 191 cm (6.29 feet) in height. The bottom of the carving appears to curve inward and probably originally depicted a fish tail. According to the Quai Branly Museum, the beard and small chignon adorned with ribbons and the many necklaces suggest high social status.Djennenke style, Quai Branly Museum, Paris, France pre-Dogon Masterpieces p. 46

In an effort to explain the significance of the Master (Mistress) of Speech, the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli is quoted as saying.

'The seventh Nummo [Master (Mistress) of Speech],' went on Ogotemmêli as though talking to himself, 'sacrificed himself [herself].' He [She] alone could do it, he [she] the Master (Mistress) of Speech, which is to say the master of the world. Without him [her] no reorganization was possible. He [She] might say- he [she] did not say it, but he [she] might have said- 'What I did, the work that I accomplished and the Word that I spoke, is: ku ma inné déga da bébadou," which means, 'My head has fallen for man's [humanity's] salvation.'Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 132

In the Dogon religion, the Master (Mistress) of Speech's body was symbolically eaten by the Dogon people. In Christianity, the bread and wine of the mass represents the body and blood of Christ; so during communion Christians are also mythically eating Christ.Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 119

The fish has long been a popular Christian symbol, Jesus was seen walking on water. The Pope's ring is known as the fisherman's ring, and on it is as engraving of a hall of fishes. These things suggest that the Master (Mistress) of Speech influenced the later Christian and Jewish beliefs. Even though the Dogon religion was written down in 1946, it is an oral mythology that is ancient.Dorey, The Master (Mistress) of Speech p. 115

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