The Ogdoad and the Dogon

The Dogon and the Ancient Egyptians have in common eight deities early in precreation. This is startling in that this shows a continuity of African Culture. The cosmoloogy and the culture of the Dogon also is both Scientific and Spiritual. This connection of the eight opens up knew discussions of Kemet and its expansive culture.

Here is the legends of the Nommo, again the myths themselves are not as important as the underlying science and continuity of culture. The point again as to begin to see Life with Deep Beginnings and few it with a multidimensional approach that has science tolerant of spirituality and things that we cannot explaint. The Myths themselves are teaching tools.

The Legend of the Nommo from – I will check more sources latter.

According to the Dogon, the Universe is considered ‘Amma’s Egg’. Amma, ‘He Who Rests Upon Nothing’, is the sky god and creator of the universe. Within his egg, Amma began spinning around, forming the po seed (the Black Hole at the Galactic Core). The po is ‘the smallest [heaviest and densest] thing that was made invisible, at the center’.

Amma then placed seven ‘words’ in the po, which began to vibrate strongly within the seed. The spiralling vibrations caused four clavicles to grow forth from the po. Suddenly, the Po burst forth, and eight new seeds were created. Amma planted these seeds in his egg near the clavicles of the Po. With these eight seeds, Amma intended to create eight celestial beings – four male and four female. The Dogon call these beings the Nommo Anagonno, best translated as ‘The Word (Nommo) that Became the Fish-Man’ (Anagonno).

These eight beings were going to be Amma’s perfect creation. As sister and brother yet husband and wife, the four fish-twins were going to make each other fertile, complete, and blessed with heavenly happiness and fulfilment. However, one of the male twins – Ogo – grew impatient as he waited for his female twin to gestate. Ogo decided to rebel from Amma. He jumped out of his celestial womb and stole parts of his own placenta. He then began creating and pro-creating with his own placenta in an attempt to re-create his own little world. His stolen placenta became impure, and his actions greatly threw off the divine order Amma had intended. The Dogon say that our Sun – whom they call Nay – is the stolen placenta, and that planet Earth is the rebel-world established by Ogo.

To re-establish order and purify creation of Ogo’s transgression, Amma decided to sacrifice one of the completed Nommo twins – Nommo Semi. Nommo Semi was composed of both a male and female Nommo Anagonno, and was a complete and perfect Being onto itself. Amma lifted Nommo Semi out of the celestial waters and tied the androgynous fish to the Kilena (Mother of charcoal) tree. In one swift cut, Amma sliced the umbilical cord and genitals of Nommo Semi. The sacrificed Nommo’s blood and life force – nyama – emptied from its naval and groin. Semi died a suffering and painful death. The Dogon say that Sirius ‘A’ – the visible star of Sirius whom the Dogon call Sigi Tolo – is the celestial embodiment of the sacrifice.

Amma then took the nyama of the sacrificed Nommo and dripped it on the former placenta of the celestial fish (the Sirius system) and the stolen placenta of its brother Ogo (our Sun, Nay). Amma’s goal was to purify his creation from the transgressions of Ogo. It required him taking a pure and perfected being (Nommo Semi) and sacrificing it. Amma intended for the spirit of Nommo Semi to heal Ogo’s torn placenta and become one with the Impure Earth Ogo created. When Amma sprinkled the sacrificed nyama, it did several things:

It caused the resurrection of the sacrificed Nommo. When Nommo Semi’s nyama dripped on its former placenta, it caused it to be reborn. Its re-birth however, multiplied Semi’s forms and transformed its nature. Nommo Semi resurrected in three simultaneous forms:

1. Kora Na – The Great Ark of Pure Earth, the force that Amma intended to carry humanity and the seeds (po) of agriculture to the ‘Impure Earth’. The Kora-Na is depicted as a step-pyramid with an antennae-looking rod at the apex.

2. O Nommo – ‘Nommo of the Pond’, the purifying force of fresh water on Earth.

3. Unum – The once androgynous Nommo Semi now manifested as the eight original ancestors of Humanity – four males and four females. The male and female souls of Nommo Semi now had their own separate forms. They were paired in four couples united in the image of the original eight Nommo.

The sacrificial Nyama prepared the heavens for the Kora-Na to travel from the Sirius System to Planet Earth. The Kora-Na travelled from Sirius to our planet Earth on the sprinkles of Nyama. It carried as its occupants the Unum of Humanity and the seeds of eight celestial grains. Also, the shape, design, and proportions of the Ark express all of the principles and science humanity would need for the reorganization and atonement of Ogo’s earth.

The Sirius System became the Ever-Living Placenta of the Resurrected Nommo. Even though the Kora-Na, O Nommo, and the Unum were going to travel to ‘The Impure Earth’ of Ogo, they were to forever remain connected to a lifeline that connected them straight to Amma’s womb. This ever-living placenta is the Sirius system, and as long as the connection with Sirius was maintained, the Resurrected Nommo would never die. The Sirius system floods the Impure Earth with rejuvenating and nourishing Nyama every sixty years, at which time the Dogon perform the Sigui ceremony to reaffirm the Earth-Sirius connection.

The sacrificial Nyama created parallel structures in celestial sphere and on Ogo’s earth. In heaven, it reorganised space and the cycles of time in our solar system. It also synchronised our system’s cycles with the cycles of the Sirius system. The Sirius System and this planetary system thus became twin placentas of a pair of the 8 ancestral Nommo.

On earth, it organised human culture and set the order for human interaction. This is the celestial foundation of the Earthly sciences of astrology, astronomy, and agriculture.

Lastly, the sacrificial Nyama set the stage for the day of total purification and renewal for planet Earth. This day is called ‘Izubay Minne’ – “Earth of the Day of the Fish”, which occurs when “the fish is sacrificed” and “His blood falls to Earth as cords of rain”. One day during the transition of these ages, Taba Tolo – the reuniting of the two placentas – will occur. Taba Tolo is when the Sun and Sirius come together in a grand conjunction. The Dogon depict Taba Tolo as the day a strong purifying stream of Nyama will pour down on the Sun and Earth from Sirius. This stream will wash away the corrupt order of Ogo and immortalize the sons and daughters of the Nommo.

Ogo’s self-willed actions really threw off the universal balance Amma had intended. Beyond creating the principle and act of theft, when Ogo took his own placenta and recreated his own world, it amounted to an act of incest. Amma felt that Ogo must be stopped from creating more chaos, as well as punished for his misdeeds.

Amma ordered one of the other Nommo – Nommo Titeyanye – to punish Ogo. Nommo Titeyanye smashed Ogo’s genitalia, making him infertile. Ogo fled from the heavens down to Earth. Once on Earth, Amma wanted to bind Ogo to this planet so that he could not disrupt the celestial order anymore. He transformed Ogo, who up until this point was in the form of an amphibious Reptilian, into Yurugu, the Pale Fox.

Once on Earth, the Pale Fox Yurugu continued his disruptive and chaotic behaviours. He attempted to create an artificial world outside of the divine order of Amma. That was what he was doing when the Ark Kora Na landed upon Earth. When it landed, the force of impact almost killed Yurugu, but he survived by fleeing underground. The impact of the landing threw the moon into the sky, which is part Kora-Na/Part Earth.

Out of the Kora Na emerged the eight ancestors of humanity. They came forth with eight grains, including millet, black rice, chickpea, and sorghum. Their mission is to cultivate the land and grow the celestial grains so that everyone could live in abundance. They were also supposed to reproduce and spread throughout the world bringing the spiritual technologies contained within the Kora-Na with them. The eight ancestors and their offspring were charged with conducting important ceremonies such as the Sigui ceremony. The Sigui is performed every 60 years when the planets Jupiter and Saturn are aligned. The Sigui re-establishes the bond of the Fish-people who sacrificed their divine self to their homeland across the waters – Sirius. The ultimate purpose the Dogon say they have is to maintain this extra-terrestrial connection by establishing sacred sites and celestial granaries throughout the world in an effort to prepare Earth for Izubay Minne ‘The Day of the Earth of the Fish’. When the Earth and Sirius align, the great conjunction, Taba Tolo – The re-uniting of the Twin Placentas -is going to occur.

At this time, a sacred, purifying energy force described as a ‘stream’ or ‘electric light’ from Sirius, known as the ‘Reorganiser of the World’ will cascade down upon the Earth and bring about a new order in the world. For the sons and daughters of the Nommo who are harmoniously in tune with the heavens and earth, this energy will nourish their mind, body and spirit. However, the stream will wash away the corrupt order of Ogo, those who are not in tune with the divine order established by Amma. This cosmic radiation will be like brimstone and fire falling from the sky, burning up the wicked and unrighteous. There will be nowhere to run or hide.


Here is another verse from a blog – Also unconfirmed source

From solipsis@HEVANET.COM Sat Oct 18 15:42:14 2003

Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2003 06:35:34 -0700

From: Palafax Solipsigossa

Subject: AMMA, GOD


At the beginning, first of all, was AMMA, GOD, and it did not rest on nothing… The Egg in ball of AMMA was closed; but made of four parts known as Clavicles. In the Clavicles of AMMA, all the things were Signs, besides that, nothing did not exist. AMMA maintained the unit because it had traced in itself the plan of the World… The total of the Signs of AMMA is two hundred and sixty six Main Signs, Complete Signes of the World, Bummô…

The Sign is, and walks in the tète; the words of the drawing are in the body. The Signs that AMMA sent in the World went, entered the things, which at this time were… AMMA having thought then drawn the World that he  wanted to create, tried by way of test, to superimpose a little all the matters which formed a flesh coming from its own person. By kneading its hands gently, it thus worked seed of Senna which is smallest of the plants. It is said that AMMA scraped its throat, which made the Earth; its saliva became Water; it breathed while going up with the sky, it is Fire; it blew extremely, it is the Wind. It did not mix the Elements, it superimposed them: it posed the Earth, then Water, then Fire, then the Air… From seed of Senna and tree which one says that they were the things created of the First World, AMMA formed the First World, drawn up on only one foot revolving on itself and filled with Germs which are fertilized by the contact of two spines: That the top is the male Sky, that of bottom is the female Earth… Of this Creation carried out in secrecy in the Clavicles of AMMA, one knows few things, because AMMA gave up it, destroyed it, preserving only seed itself and the four Elements which it contained, as certain wild seed Germs which were to develop later…

AMMA took again its work and, starting from the Paramount Traces,  Bummô, it drew inside its centre the marks Yala, reflections of the Signs in Space… AMMA having thus laid out Yala of Préfiguration of the World, act on them.

It opened the Eyes, causing the exit of Yala… Thus AMMA had bored the envelope of its own centre, and its Eye, as emerged of a hole, had become a Light which lit the World and revealed the Existence of all the things in formation… When AMMA broke Egg of the World and left there, a whirling wind emerged. Pô which is smallest of the things was made Invisible, in the center; the wind is AMMA itself. It is Pô which AMMA made leave the first… The beginning of the things is more Grand Secrecy of AMMA. AMMA, since  it created all the things, all were in Pô; they grew while Pô did not grow.

The  seed of Pô was formed like the wind and it is interdict to speak about it… AMMA makes begin the things by creating them as small as Pô. It  continues to add gradually; and as it adds that which is serious of Pô, the things become large… At the interior of Pô which is the symbol of smallest, is a smaller thing still which is the Life When the Life increases, it increases while whirling, that imitates how AMMA left Egg of the World. The Life placed in seeds by the Word is like a fermentation. At the interior of AMMA, much of things fermented… The Egg of AMMA which had wrapped all the things inside became its Placenta; however this Paramount Placenta was double… Nommo Anagonno is the First of the Alive Things that AMMA created inside its Placenta. AMMA formed initially four Nommo Anagonno males by successive unfolding, then it created their binoculars. The first, known as Nommo Dié, Large Nommo, will remain with the sky at AMMA, of which he will be the vicar. The second, known as Nommo Titiyayne, Messenger of Nommo, will be the Guard and the Guard of the Spiritual Principles. The third, is known as O Nommo, Nommo of the Pond. It will be sacrificed for the purification and the reorganization of the World after the harmful acts of its Ogo twin. The fourth bears the name of  Ogo…

Like its twins, Ogo had received the Word as of before appearing in the World. Ogo wanted however to use of the Word to equalize its Creator. It left its Placenta the eyes closed, before its time, tearing off with the Placenta a square piece. Thus making, it believed to take along its binocular with him… Ogo is descended in Seven Times in Empty Space. The piece of Placenta always connected to Ogo turned on itself. AMMA directed the Arch of Ogo which the piece of Placenta in direction of the east constituted, bus AMMA wished to cure the disorder caused by Ogo… AMMA transformed the piece of Placenta into Ground; the Arch was stabilized then, and AMMA made it dry to enable him to place itself. Thus, the piece of Placenta stolen by Ogo made the Second World, the piece of Placenta became Champ, became the Earth… The search for Ogo on the Earth to find its binocular had remained a long time unfruitful. Ogo, considering the Earth unusable, gives up the Earth and goes up… AMMA, seeing that, gives the order to Nommo Titiyayne to transform the remainder of the Placenta of Ogo into Extreme Fire, also Ogo could it seize only one small end of it while being burned. AMMA having hidden its Placenta, Ogo did not see it. Ogo stole Cereals of AMMA to replace its Placenta, and Ogo is descended while making a hole in Egg. For that, it used the small piece of Placenta stolen like Second Arch, and y hid seeds. The seed of Pô male, base of the World, directed Ogo in its descent… However Pô is the Origin of the Beings and the Goods, as the Placenta is the Original Envelope of the Man, who begins his Life as small as seed. This is why, Ogo while stealing one and the other, thought of having the source of all things… But AMMA preserved all the Placentas, all the possibilities of reproduction of the things to himself. AMMA then made turn the Placenta of Ogo and transformed it into Sun. In the same way, AMMA transformed the hole in Egg into the Moon not to lose the testimony of the flight; thus the Sun and the Moon are the Witnesses of the Placenta of Ogo. AMMA having ordered in Nommo Titiyayne to purify the Earth after having noted the disorder caused by Ogo, AMMA made proceed to the eviration of Nommo Sému… The blood of the eviration ran, impregnating the Placenta and giving him a new Life… The star Sigi-Tolo, Sirius, was born; it is the Witness of the Placenta and the umbilical cord of sacrificed, because Sigi-Tolo is the Navel of the World… At the time of these things, Ogo wishing to adapt itself what it missed, went up with the Sky. Ogo, approaching the victim, seized its Four Hearts of Sex which were placed under its foreskin. Then, Ogo flees while following the Line of the Flow of the Blood of Eviration. But Nommo Titiyayne having caught the end of the sex of Ogo, sliced with its mouth the end of the sex of Ogo.

Thus Nommo Titiyayne A took again the Hearts of Sex… Arrived on the Earth, Ogo thought of continuing its work, but AMMA plated Ogo on the ground, transforming it; since, Ogo lost its name, Ogo became Yurugu, the Fox Blade…

Noting the growing disorder caused by Ogo, AMMA proceeded to the sacrifice of that which had been just éviré. For that, AMMA extended the two arms of Nommo on a Fork, and it killed it after having attached it with an iron cord… That which dies being lying does not see much Suffering for that, Nommo died upright, the Suffering is larger. This is why Nommo, in order to organize the World died upright, because if you want to organize the World, you are obliged to see the Great Suffering… AMMA sent the four parts of Nommo to the four Cardinal Points, it organized the World. Nommo made pass its body in the World… AMMA took the pieces and A joined together, it has ressuscity Nommo. AMMA used for that the Earth of the Placenta; the Earth of the Placenta was alive and pure, with it, AMMA worked male alive Nommo and its binocular, with human form. By kneading the ground, AMMA said: “AMMA arranged what it had reversed. AMMA, after having destroyed, gave today what it itself had destroyed… ” When AMMA ressuscita Nommo, it gave him seeds of in top… After AMMA had Petri with the sky Nommo, it also kneads with the matter of the Placenta the Ancestors of the Men. AMMA created all the things, then it created the Man. Four Men, then their binoculars were kneaded by AMMA in the body of Pô… Amma Sérou was made air of the placenta; Lébé Sérou was made ground of the placenta; Binou Sérou was made water of the placenta; Dyongou Sérou was made fire of the placenta… The Egg in ball of AMMA was made of four Clavicles, and the four Clavicles were like four Eggs… AMMA was in the center, upright, turning on itself, the right arm with horizontal, all the lengthened fingers; it turned of the right-hand side towards the left… It turned fourteen times, it turned an infinity of time, and with each turn, AMMA created a Sky and a Ground stuck one to the other… The base of AMMA was like a Matrix of Woman, all the things left the interior of the Placenta of AMMA… Being held Pô, it extended the World. All the things went to the four Cardinal Angles. Being held Pô poured all that it contained in the Large Arch of Nommo, which was made remainder of the Placenta of Sacrificed… What remained alone was Pô-Tolo, the star of Pô. Pô-Tolo is smallest of all the things; she is the heaviest star. This why Pô-Tolo was heavy is that there was in her the remainder of the blood of the World turned by Pô. AMMA created Pô-Tolo the first of all stars. In the substance of Pô-Tolo, the witnesses of all the things of the whole World exist a little. It is the attic of all the things of the World, Pô-Tolo is the axis of the whole World. If one looks at Pô-Tolo, it is as if the World turned and if the World is looked at, it is as if Pô-Tolo turned; actually it is thanks to it that the World turns…

Moreover, as soon as Sigi-Tolo, Sirius, left, Pô-Tolo went to turn around him; this is why Sigi-Tolo is the Navel of the World…

The Arch was soft and wet, it carried all the things created by AMMA. One found initially Nommo ressuscity and the eight Ancestors, are four twin couples. They nine formed a Whole… In the center, on Estrade de Chef, male Nommo ressuscity had sat, with with dimensions of the Mud of Head in  whom was the Snake of the Unit of the World with eight paramount seeds in the tète… In the west, Amma Sérou and its binocular, sister of dance; with north, Lébé Sérou and its binocular, woman sister; in the east, Binou Sérou and its binocular; with the south, Dyongou Sérou and its jumelle.Tous the animals and all the plants were with the Ancestors on the Arch. AMMA then reduced to leave its centre and on the Earth the Arch filled with all that it had created. It left by the opening which it had arranged in the Sky for the Sun pushed by AMMA in the west… The Arch was balanced in the Sky for Eight Periods during its descent. The limit of the Arch is East-West. It is balanced while leaning towards the south and still while leaning towards north. At the same time, the suspended Arch turned on it even in a kind of comings and goings… Nommo located Space and the Duration by means of four Muds of Head placed in the Arch. With each one of these Muds makes of copper, was related a red horse to the white face. The four animals formed a carrousel whose center was placed on their left and gave the indication of the Curve of the World… At the same time as it located Space and the  Duration, Nommo protested the Word that AMMA had placed at the origin in seed of Pô. Nommo made sound this Word while making turn its voice in  the Sky, it launched its voice to the four Cardinal Angles of Space… The hole of the revolving wind is main road of the breathing of the Ancestors descended from in top. It is their breath which helped to turn to go down and go to the bottom… When the Arch went down, Space was Four Angles; when the Arch is descended, Space became Four With dimensions… The Arch was posed of night on the dry ground of the Earth of the Fox by moving a cluster of dust; but as it was made Placenta of Nommo, i.e. of a wet and soft Ground, it slipped on mud. Thus the Large Arch is descended from Nommo, it is descended to north, of with dimensions of Niger. While being posed, the weight of the Arch made spout out to the Sky the blood which impregnated the Placenta… While going down from the Arch, Nommo posed initially the Left Foot on the ground; marking its taking possession of the Earth of the Fox…

All being accomplished, AMMA kept to himself the Principal Signs. What remains between the hands of AMMA and will not leave is a total of twenty two Principal Signs… The Signs being placed at the Four Cardinal Points in its opened Clavicles, AMMA is closed again, keeping to himself half of the Life of the Second World in order to make a Third of it… It is said that when AMMA created the World, it kept the Life of the World, AMMA drew each thing in its place and it was closed; AMMA drew the Life of the World in the Clavicles punts and closed them like a papaw fruit; When AMMA drew the Life of the things of the World, it drew half of the Life which it gave, and half of the Life that it kept; AMMA while making turn its Clavicles sent per half the Life in the things of the World; AMMA, to make finish the World, drew half of the Life of the World which it kept to himself; it will destroy the Life of the World, then the World will be finished…

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