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Monstrous Nomoli Figures Left By Unknown Culture That Vanished Long Ago

A. Sutherland – – The so-called Nomoli figures have been present in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

The Nomoli are mysterious stone figures from 2,500 years to roughly 15,000 BC and even 17,000 BC. They appear to show the existence of a sophisticated historic civilization in West Africa.

Nomoli (Musée national de Sierra Leone)

Nomoli (Musée nationwide de Sierra Leone). Image credit score: John Atherton — Soapstone “Nomoli” determine from Sierra Leone (West Africa) – CC BY-SA 2.0

People of Africa even have recollections of the giants who as soon as lived on Earth. African legends describe these mighty beings as brave and robust males with shining eyes, and their voices might be heard from one city to a different.

An thrilling discovery was made when a small steel ball was present in a hole house contained in the Nomoli figurine.

A legend tells that:

“They wandered with out let or hindrance to locations the place no man had ever been earlier than. One couldn’t look them within the face as a result of their eyes have been so shiny that it harm one’s personal eyes to have a look at them. It was like trying on the solar.”

Another legend says about divine creatures banned from the celestial empire and despatched to Earth, which leads us to a illustration of the “fallen angels” talked about by numerous cultures.
This civilization, able to reaching very excessive melting temperatures, additionally used the appropriate instruments for modeling completely spherical objects like these discovered contained in the figures.

An evaluation by the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, Austria, revealed that it’s produced from chrome and metal.

Left: Nomoli people, Mende, Sierra Leone; Right: Nomoli - Soapstone "Nomoli" figure from Sierra Leone (West Africa). Image credit: John Atherton, photo: British Museum, London, June 1970.

Left: Nomoli folks, Mende, Sierra Leone; Right: Nomoli – Soapstone “Nomoli” determine from Sierra Leone (West Africa). Image credit score: John Atherton, picture: British Museum, London, June 1970. – CC BY-SA 2.0

The earliest recognized manufacturing of metal is a chunk of ironware unearthed in Anatolia (Kaman-Kalehoyuk) and is about 4,000 years previous. How did it get there? And rather more essential – the place did the steel come from?

The Somali – some have been found at depths of fifty meters – depict largely totally different human races from the so-called Caucasian to Negroid or their heads. Still, generally they resemble semi-human or semi-animal “monsters” and animals like monkeys, leopards, and elephants.

Some collectible figurines depict lizards with human heads,  and human figures with heads disproportionate to the remainder of the physique are often proven in squatting or kneeling positions; one of the most typical depictions represented by the Nomoli is a frightening-looking grownup with a baby.

Most Nomoli figures have been product of soapstone or numerous varieties and colours of steatite, from darkish inexperienced to mild yellow-brown and nearly white.

Seated Figure (Nomoli)

The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979 – CC0 1.0

The stone incorporates a excessive proportion of iron accessible in numerous elements of Sherbro Island within the Atlantic Ocean, situated in Bonthe District off the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Additionally, it’s price mentioning that none of those oral traditions signifies that the territory – now inhabited by the Mende –  was beforehand occupied. It raises some essential questions: have been there any earlier inhabitants?

Who have been they? And what occurred to them? Some students declare that these earlier inhabitants have been the producers of the mysterious Nomoli collectible figurines carved in soapstone and located all through the world now inhabited by the Mende folks.
Those who sculpted the Nomoli collectible figurines in all probability as soon as occupied a lot of the present-day territory of the Mende, however in accordance with historic sources, they have been pushed coastward.

Written by – A. Sutherland  – Senior Staff Writer

Updated on March 9, 2023

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