Nomoli (Musée national de Sierra Leone)

Monstrous Nomoli Figures Left By Unknown Culture That Vanished Long Ago

A. Sutherland – – The so-called Nomoli figures were found in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

The Nomoli are mysterious stone figures dated from 2,500 years to approximately 15,000 BC and even 17,000 BC and they seem to prove the existence of an advanced ancient civilization present in current West Africa.

Nomoli (Musée national de Sierra Leone)

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

People of Africa also have memories of the giants who once lived on Earth. African legends describe these powerful beings as courageous and very strong men with shining eyes, and their voices could be heard from one town to another.

An interesting discovery was made, when a small metal ball was found in a hollow space inside the Nomoli figurine.

A legend tells that:

“They wandered without let or hindrance to places where no man had ever been before. One could not look them in the face because their eyes were so bright that it hurt one’s own eyes to look at them. It was like looking at the sun.”

Another legend says about divine creatures banned from the divine empire and sent to Earth, which leads us to a representation of the “fallen angels” mentioned by various cultures.
This civilization, capable of reaching very high melting temperatures, also used the right tools for modeling perfectly spherical objects, like those found inside the figures.

An analysis carried out by the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, Austria revealed that it is made from chrome and steel.
How did it get there? And much more important – where did the metal come from? The earliest known production of steel is a piece of ironware unearthed in Anatolia (Kaman-Kalehoyuk) and is about 4,000 years old.

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

The Somali – some were discovered at depths of 50 meters – depict mostly different human races from the so-called Caucasian to Negroid or their heads, but sometimes they resemble semi-human beings or semi-animal “monsters” and animals like monkeys, leopards, and elephants.

Certain figurines depict lizards with human heads and human figures with heads, disproportionate to the rest of the body, are usually depicted in squatting or kneeling positions; one of the most common depictions represented by the Nomoli is a frightening-looking adult with a child.

Most of Nomoli figures were made of soapstone or diverse kinds and colors of steatite, from dark green to light yellow-brown and to almost white.

Seated Figure (Nomoli)

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

The stone contains a high percentage of iron available in various parts of the Sherbro Island in the Atlantic Ocean, located in Bonthe District off the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

We must not forget that Sierra Leone is also the place where an odd type of bluestone named the stone of heaven, was discovered in 1990, in soil layers dating to at least 12000 BC.

Additionally, it is important to mention that none of these oral traditions reveals any indication
that the territory now inhabited by the Mende was previously occupied. This raises some important questions: were there any earlier inhabitants?

Who were they? And what happened to them? Some scholars claim that these earlier inhabitants were the manufacturers of the mysterious Nomoli figurines, carved in soapstone and found throughout
the area now inhabited by the Mende people.
Those who sculpted the Nomoli figurines probably once occupied much of the present-day territory of the Mende, but according to ancient sources, they were pushed coastward.

The first version of this article was published on August 4, 2014

Written by – A. Sutherland  – Senior Staff Writer

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