The Centaur Chiron teaching Achilles the Lyrehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiron#/media/File:Chiron_instructs_young_Achilles
_-_Ancient_Roman_fresco.jpg 'The Education of Achilles by Chiron' fresco from Herculaneum
(Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples)
The Eight Nummo Ancestors were described as having human upper bodies and fish-tailed lower bodies like mermaids. My research in The Rose reveals that they were also associated with Centaurs. In The Nummo I suggested an association between the Nummo and the Centaurs of Greek mythology. It wasn't until researching for The Rose that I discovered that the Dogon also depicted the figure of the Smith like a Centaur. Three anvils that appeared inside the Dogon Smithy and which represented the body parts of the Nummo, showed a human hand in one anvil, a human head and torso in another, and the bottom of a horse's torso and legs in another. This indicates that the Nummo Ancestors were identified with both Centaurs and Mermaids by the Dogon. My research in The Rose indicates they were also associated with the Sirens, who were part bird and part human figures. The secret language taught to the Dogon goatherders for the Sigui festival, which was only held once every 60 years, was described as being the language of the birds. This associates the Nummo with the creatures of the sea, the land and the sky.
The Nummo lived in the Solar System before humanity. Symbolism suggests they came from Mars and may have been associated with the Alpha Centauri System. They also spent some time in the Pleiades.
The main purpose of the Dogon religion was to warn humanity about the fail-safes embedded into the Universe to protect it. The Nummo were unaware of these fail-safes when they carried out an experiment that destroyed life on Mars, and ultimately left our Solar System with only one Sun. According to the Dogon, all aspects of life are interconnected and associated with Suns. The loss of our second Sun caused some Nummo and eventually humans to be born mortal.
The Nummo were supposed to be far superior to humans in every way. Although they were identified with Centaurs and Antelopes, they were primarily described as being fish and serpent-like. According to the Dogon elder Ogotemmêli's description of them, the Nummo, whom he also referred to as the "Serpent", were amphibians that were often compared to lizards, chameleons, and occasionally even sloths (because of them being slow moving and having shapeless necks). They were described as fish capable of walking on land; while they were on land, the Nummo stood upright on their tails. The Nummo had whiskers and their skin was primarily green, but, like the chameleon, it sometimes changed colours. It was said at times to have all the colours of the rainbow. The fish that was most often used to describe the Nummo was the catfish. The Nummo were also shape shifters, which may be why they were identified with Centaurs and Sirens. In The Nummo, I associated them with cephalopods, which are the shape shifters of the sea.
For more information on the Dogon religion refer to my books at right.