The Nummo

June 2005
2. Shugborough Relates To The Merovingians and the Nummo
by Shannon Dorey

The Merovingian bloodline appeared in The Holy Blood Holy Grail and in the Da Vinci Code fiction, where the Frankish royal family was supposed to be descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. According to my research, the Merovingian bloodline is much older than the biblical Jesus and Mary Magdalene. It predates these myths by thousands of years.

As was mentioned in my article on the Shugborough Shepherd's Monument, through my research of the ancient African Dogon religion, I have found links between the fish and serpent like alien Nummo talked about by the Dogon, and the Merovingians. According to legend, the Merovingians traced their ancestry back to Merovée, a semimythical person who was born of two fathers. One was a king named Clodio and the other a sea monster that seduced his mother when she was swimming in the sea. The Merovingians were supposed to have been descended from aliens, who were the offspring of "nephilim" or fallen angels. Because of their ancestry, Merovée and his descendants were reputed to have supernatural powers and unnaturally long lives.10

The three key figures of the Dogon religion, including the alien Nummo, appear on the Shugborough Coat Of Arms further reiterating Shugborough's association with the Nummo and the Merovingians. The Shugborough coat of arms is shown below.


The lion in the Dogon religion symbolized Lébé, who was androgynous and born of two Nummo serpent and fish like female beings. He was identified with the third and final experiment, and was the ancestor of humanity. Lébé may have been the same figure as the Merovingian ancestor Merovée who was born of two fathers. Through my research on the Dogon religion, I have discovered that many of the original female symbols were later reversed by the male patriarchal societies that followed. For instance the Sun Goddess later became the Sun God. It is possible that the two mothers were later turned into two fathers. The lion who represents Lébé appears on the right of the Shugborough coat of arms.

The Nummo were green and were described as being serpent and fish like beings. In my book The Master of Speech, I speculated that on ancient artefacts the Nummo later became identified with horses because their heads appeared to look like horses. They had chevrons on their backs like iguanas and these chevrons became associated with a horse's mane. They also had horns or casques like chameleons, and likewise became identified with unicorns.11 The green figure on the left side of the Shugborough Coat Of Arms depicted with a horse's head and fish tail clearly represents the Nummo. It is likely the source of the phrase, "horse of god" that appeared in one of the ciphers associated with Rennes-le-Château.12 More about the connection with Rennes-le-Château can be found in my first article on the Shepherd's Monument. In Egyptian mythology this figure was identified with Isis.

The black figure on the top of the Shugborough Coat Of Arms appears to be a dog with two serpent legs and this is the Jackal figure in the Dogon religion. He is also known as the snake footed god, Iaw or the Anguipede. In the Dogon religion he was a single sexed male. In Egyptian mythology he was associated with Anubis. He represented the first failed experiment and humanity's separation from immortality. This figure later became identified with the Operative Masons.

There is evidence to indicate the Masonic society evolved from the Sigui society in the Dogon religion. This male society was identified with the Jackal and Smith characters of the Dogon religion, who were earlier versions of the Greek Hermes.12a In the Dogon religion the "cock" was a symbol of the Jackal and the "cock" was used as a nickname for medieval and Renaissance-era masons.12b Journeymen also designated the name "foxes" to those aspirants to their ranks.12c In the Dogon religion the Jackal was also known as the pale fox. It is also probable that the Smith's hammer of the Dogon religion later became the Masonic hammer. The Dogon also had knowledge of DNA and in the Dogon religion the two "V's", which later became associated with the Masonic Society, represented dual chromosomes and was said to be "Amma forming two points."

The General Manager of Shugborough, Richard Kemp, reported that Shugborough has one of the most intense concentrations of UFO sightings in the country. This is important in relation to the alien Nummo and their association with Shugborough and the Merovingians.

The Staffordshire County Council Coat of Arms13 is also significant to the Dogon religion. The phrase "the knot unites" is written on the bottom of the coat of arms. Knots and weaving symbols are significant to the pagan religion. They are related to the Celtic religion, which is closely linked to Dogon mythology.

In my book The Nummo, I reported that in the Dogon religion the god "Amma formed the world from four knots that constituted the seats of the universe. The Dogon said this rope was like a snake that was knotted at the four cardinal points and surrounded the world in formation. In another representation, the knots symbolized the eight ancestors holding hands. This represented the fact the eight ancestors provided the source DNA for humanity. In another representation each knot was the spaceship's descent indicating the DNA that was brought to Earth by the Nummo."14

A picture of four knots also appears in a Rosicrucian and alchemical engraving by Simon Baruch, shown below, and discussed in my article on deciphering the letters on the Shugborough Shepherd's Monument.

© Adam McLean

Artist and alchemical researcher Adam McLean didn't have any information on Simon Baruch; a name, which he believed, had likely been made up. He said the word "Barûkh" in Hebrew meant "blessed".15 In my article deciphering the letters on the Shepherd's Monument, I suggested that Simon Baruch may have in fact been Nicholas Flamel since his work appeared in the same alchemical manuscript with Baruchs', known as the Book by Abraham the Jew.

The eight ancestors of the Dogon religion, with the rope of the womb in their mouths, exists on the Apprentice Pillar in the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. A Stafford Knot also appears on the pillar. As I mentioned in my article on the Shugborough Shepherd's Monument, the St. Clairs of Rosslyn were also connected to the Merovingian bloodline. Like the Shepherd's Monument, the Rosslyn Chapel is also related to the pagan religion, the Knights Templar and the Masonic Society. The pillar, which is supposed to be a representation of the tree of life, is a symbol of DNA. The eight ancestors at its base represent the genetic inheritance of humanity.

The pillar is identified with the second biological engineering experiment in the Dogon religion that caused humans to be separated from immortality. The eight ancestors found on the pillar are part human and part serpent and are identified with the dragons of time. In the Dogon religion, they are connected to a story of forbidden love that destroyed the genetic engineering experiment the Nummo had perfected. The experiment had provided humans with the ability to regain their immortality, as long as procreation was controlled. The affair caused the ancestors to be expelled from the Nummo's world and to have to return to Earth. Because of the forbidden relationship, humans became separated from immortality, which is why the eight ancestors are identified with time and mortality.16

The main theme found in the Dogon religion is a warning to humanity about the dangers of genetic engineering. According to the Dogon, both our spiritual and biological essence are found in DNA. What is particularly fascinating about the Rosslyn Chapel is that it exists in the same village as the Roslin Institute. It was in the Roslin Institute where Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1996. This was 500 years after William St. Clair had built the chapel. As strange as it seems, I believe William St. Clair somehow knew the institute would one day exist in the same village and he built the chapel to preserve the pagan religion and to warn humanity about the spiritual complexities of DNA.

In the Dogon religion the androgynous, amphibious Nummo were identified as "Heaven's Smiths". Their spaceships were described as being in the shape of a hammer and anvil and were identified with a Smithy because they emitted fire. As I mentioned earlier, I believe the symbolic hammer associated with the Nummo eventually evolved into the Masonic hammer. The Smithy was also the granary and represented the place of human creation and regeneration. When the Master of Speech was sacrificed his/her head was buried in the Smithy as the place of future creation.

The importance of the Smith has been found historically in other places throughout the world. In these other cultures only fragments of the original mythology exist. None of these fragments explain where the myth originated or why the Smith would play such a significant role in these religions. The fact this character appears in these ancient cultures suggests Dogon oral stories do come from the very beginning of known history. The Greek Smith God Hephaistos, the Egyptian Smith God Ptah, the Egyptian moon God Thoth, and the Roman Smith God Vulcan were all related to the Smith in Dogon mythology. The Smith also appeared in the Celtic cultures, where Dogon symbols flourish.28 In the Celtic Hallstatt Culture, for instance, the Smith was identified as a dangerous wizard.

In Dogon mythology humans were created and regenerated in the mythical Smithy in what were known as omphalos or navel stones. On 7 Verso in the Book of Kells, which is the Folio of the Virgin and Child, there are pictures of twin men curled up inside omphalos type stones beside the Virgin. Jesus who appears to be a grown man also sits on the Madonna's lap. He has string-like red strands emerging from his nose and ear. It almost looks like a tube of some sort.29

Images of these stones have been found throughout the world. In some of the omphalos stones a rod like device emerges with rope like strands dangling from it. At the end of these strands appear pinecone shaped or round stones. The device later became identified with the Tree of Life. Since these rods coming from the stones became related to the Tree of Life and the creation of humanity, I associated the stones found on the end of the rope strands with the apples from the mythical Garden of Eden.30 By eating the apple or being regenerated humans gained intelligence but lost their immortality. According to the Dogon, it was the Nummo's failed genetic engineering experiment that caused humans to become separated from immortality. If humans had been left alone to evolve naturally, spiritualism and immortality would have eventually evolved on Earth.

These "apples" or stones may be the "blue apples at noon" that were referenced in one of the ciphers from Rennes-le-Château. Information connecting Rennes-le-Chateau with Shugborough can be found in my first article on the Shugborough Shepherd's Monument. They are identified with the device used in the genetic experimentation of humans. Because they were later related to the regeneration process, they also became identified with immortality. The colour "blue" relating to the apple or stone may have originated from the Epic of Gilgamesh and is mentioned when Gilgamesh is searching for the plant of immortality. He arrives at the mountain where the scorpion men guard the gate. One of the men opens the gate and Gilgamesh goes in and finds a great park and a wonderful tree. The tree bears precious stones as its fruit. Its branches are exceedingly beautiful and at its top is lapis lazuli, which is a blue stone. Its harvest dazzles the eye. In the story, Gilgamesh then arrives at the home of a mysterious female who tells him that when the Gods created humans, "they apportioned death to mankind; and retained life to themselves." She tells him to enjoy everything the Earth has to offer because that is his lot in life.31 This relates to Dogon mythology, where after the third experiment, humans were supposed to continually live and die until spiritually evolving back into immortal beings. In the Dogon religion, the scorpion relates to "twins", meaning androgyny, and symbolizes the Nummo.

The reference to "noon" in the cipher "blue apples at noon" could also relate to the famous experiment carried out by the alchemist Nicholas Flamel, which also had to do with immortality. According to Flamel, he performed his first alchemical transmutation at noon on January 17th in 1382.32 Following the strict method found in the book of Abraham the Jew, Flamel had apparently "changed a half-pound of mercury first into silver, and then into virgin gold. And simultaneously, he accomplished the same transmutation in his soul. From his passions, mixed in an invisible crucible, the substance of the eternal spirit emerged."33 Is it possible that Nicholas Flamel's experiment was somehow connected to the regeneration process in Dogon mythology? Whether Flamel can be believed or not, the truth is that he became very wealthy afterwards. By 1413 he had founded and endowed 14 hospitals, seven churches and three chapels in Paris and a similar number in Boulogne.34 The date January 17th also appeared continually in the mysteries and stories relating to Rennes-le-Château.

Henry Lincoln made an interesting reference to blue circles appearing in the painting of the raising of Lazarus in the church at Rennes-le-Château. A south wall window had been built in such a way as to cause the blue circles to appear on the altar. Lincoln suggested that these blue circles could be the "blue apples" from the cipher.34a This is a particularly important observation because of the fact Lazarus is being resurrected. This would suggest that the blue apples were in deed related to the regeneration process.

The "blue apples at noon" may also be associated with the "Blue Lodges" in Masonry. There is a reference to "noon (or in the South)" in one interpretation of the cipher from Rennes-le-Château.35 The York Rite and the Scottish Rite require their members to be "Blue Lodge" Masons. The Blue Lodge and its ceremonies establish the fundamental bond which makes all Masons brothers.36 According to Masonic legend, the Operative Lodges constructed a lodge building adjacent to their work site where the Masons could meet for instruction and social contact. Normally this was on the southern side of the site where it was warmer and as a result the social gathering of the lodge was and is still referred to as the "South".37

The Dogon religion is also related to the Arthurian Legends. I believe they were created as a means of preserving the pagan religion. This is also where the myths relating to the Holy Grail probably originated. In the Arthurian legends the Fisher King was the keeper of the Holy Grail relating to the fish tailed Nummo. Campbell also believed that the German Celtic Hallstatt lore of drawing swords from stones later evolved into the Arthurian theme of the sword drawn from the stone suggesting a sense of magic.38

The association of the Smith with the alien Nummo, who were known as "Heaven's Smiths", also appears in the earlier versions of the Arthurian legends. In one version of the Sword in the Stone by Robert de Boron he reported the sword was in an anvil on top of a stone. This introduction of the anvil on top of a stone was also found in Robert's Merlin. "The sword symbolized justice, and the stone represented Christianity. By pulling the sword from the stone, Arthur was agreeing to pursue justice in the name of Christianity. Later writers would omit this connection as well as the anvil and portray the Sword in the Stone as a test arranged by Merlin to prove that Arthur was the true king."39 In the Dogon religion the separating of the hammer from the anvil represented the androgynous humans being divided into single sexed beings and in the process losing their immortality. It was hoped they would eventually evolve back into androgynous and immortal beings.

Structures known as "Arthur's Oven" in Britain and Wales are related to the Nummo's Smithy or spaceship. According to Thomas Green, there were several sites in England, "with the name 'Arthur's Oven'". One oven existed between Exeter and Bodmin and was seen in 1113 by some canons of Laon, northern France. They had been shown both a "seat" and an "oven" of King Arthur. According to Green, the location of the seat was no longer known but the oven was probably the "King's Oven" recorded at Dartmoor. He also referred to another "Arthur's Oven" near Stirling, which was a circular building of the Roman period known from at least the 13th century. It had been destroyed in the 18th century. There were several references to "Arthur's Seat" in Wales including one recorded in 1190 by Gerald of Wales in his Itineranium Kabrie.40 Both "Arthur's oven" and "Arthur's seat" relate to the Dogon spaceship, which was identified with a Smithy. In my book, The Nummo, I relate a Dogon diagram of Amma's seat spinning through space to a picture drawn on a Celtic ogam stone found in Maumanorig, county Kerry, Ireland. According to Anthony Weir, the word "ogam" is derived from Oigmiú, the Smith god who became the script god. Another aspect of the Smith god was Nuadú of the silver arm and horned helmet. Ogam writing was apparently introduced in Ireland just before Christianity. The word "Ogam" may in fact come from the Dogon word, "Ogo", which is another representation of the Jackal or the Smith. "Nuadú" may derive from the word "Nummo". In the Irish language the word "nuta" means fisher.41

The Greek goddess Artemis, who was the Roman Diana, is also associated with the Dogon religion and it is likely the name "Arthur" comes from the name "Artemis". The Welsh word for bear is "arth" from which the name Arthur is derived.42 The bear is the symbol associated with Artemis. Like other symbols relating to the androgynous Nummo and the sacred feminine, the name "Artemis" was probably changed to become identified with a male. The family crest of the Plantards, who are supposed to be Merovingian descendants, shows dual bears, a symbol not only of Artemis but of androgyny. It also reveals the phrase "Et In Arcadia Ego", which is also found on the Shepherd's monument in Poussin's painting.43 The phrase means "And In Arcadia I" suggesting the presence of an immortal being forced to live in Arcadia, which although beautiful is still mortal.44

There are also bees on the family crest an important symbol in Egyptian mythology and associated with the goddess Neith, a forerunner of Isis and talked about in my book the Master of Speech. Neith's temple was known as "the house of the bee". Bees were also supposed to have been the tears of the sun god Ra. The Nummo were identified with the sun in the Dogon religion and these tears are likely related to the Nummo's anguish after the failed experiment. They are also related to the tears of the Greek Goddess Demeter after her loss of Persephone to the underworld. This myth is discussed in Master of Speech. Honey was regarded as a symbol of resurrection and also thought to give protection against evil spirits.45

For more information on the Nummo and the Dogon religion purchase The Nummo or The Master Of Speech. If you would like to contact the author, email

10Dan Burstein, Secrets of the Code, CDS, New York, NY. 2004. p. 348.
10a Shugborough Then And Now, Stafforshire County Council. ©Earl of Lichfield
11Shannon Dorey, The Master of Speech pp.193-194.
12Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, The Holy
Blood And The Holy Grail, BPCC Hazell Books, Aylesbury, England, 1990. p.26.
12aThe Secret History of Freemasonry, Paul Nadon,
translated by Jon Graham. Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont. 2005 p.136
12bThe Secret History of Freemasonry, Paul Nadon,
translated by Jon Graham. Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont. 2005 p.126
12cThe Secret History of Freemasonry, Paul Nadon,
translated by Jon Graham. Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont. 2005 p.126
13 Staffordshire
14Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, The Celtic Cross pp. 28-29.
15 Adam McLean
16Shannon Dorey, The Master Of Speech p. 128.
17Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.191.
28Shannon Dorey The Nummo, The Smith's Hammer p. 14-21.
29Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, The Cord of God pp.61-63.
30Shannon Dorey The Nummo, The Smith's Hammer pp. 14-21,
and The Master of Speech, The Navel Stones, p.100.
31The Masks of God, Occidental Mythology, Joseph Campbell
Penguin Books 1976. pp.90-91. Shannon Dorey, The Nummo, The Arthurian Legends p.19.
32Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.446.
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34Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.446.
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DW, King Arthur: A Man for the Ages. 2001.Anno Domini
The Gazetteer of Topographical Folklore. Thomas Green. 2001 and in The Nummo,
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41Celtic Lore, Ward Rutherford, Thorsons, Hammersmith, London p. 165.
42Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.250.
43Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.188.
44Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln p.40.
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