Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Dogon Creation myth part 1

Dogon Creation myth is one of the oldest creation myths in existence.

The Dogon say that the stars were created from pellets of earth flung out into space by the one true god, Amma. The sun and the moon were created by a process much like that of making pottery, which was the first known invention of god. The sun is like a pot that has been fired until it is white-hot, then surrounded by a spiral of copper with eight turns. To create the Earth, Amma squeezed a lump of clay in his hand and threw it away from himself in the same manner as he did the stars. The clay spread to the north and to the south (the top and the bottom) in a movement that was horizontal. By nature, the Earth is female. Looking at it flat and considering the cardinal points of the compass as her appendages, it is like a woman lying on her back with her arms and legs spread. The anthill is her female organ. In the course of time, Amma tried to fertilize her, but in what was breach of order in the universe, proper intercourse could not take place. In the universe, there is a principle of twin births, but this flawed union between god and Earth created only one being, the jackal, which became the symbol of disorder and the difficulties of god. Later, having overcome the difficulty, god had intercourse with the Earth again, this time successfully. Water, which is the divine seed, entered the womb of the Earth and resulted in the birth of twins. Two beings were formed, which god created like water. They were green in color and were half human, half serpent. Their bodies were green and sleek all over and shiny like the surface of the water. These spirits were called Nummo, and they were born perfect. They had eight members, and their number was eight, which is also the symbol of speech. They were of divine essence, which is the life force of the world, and is water. The name Nummo is synonymous in the Dogon language with the word for water. To the Dogon, Nummo is water and the Nummo pair is present in all water - whether it is drinking water, water of the river, or water of storms.

Source: The Science of the Dogon, Laird Scranton

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