I would like to welcome all to the Gate-Walker’s Page. This is the second article in the series concerning the Ancient Sumerians and how their religious practices are preserved in the African Traditional System, as illustrated in the Simon Necronomicon. You can read our first article by clicking on the link below:
There are certain distinct characteristics of the Sumerian Pantheon that can only be found in the Traditional African System also known as Ifa. What is amazing about this, is that there are certain things mentioned in the Simon Necronomicon about the Sumerian Pantheon, that are duly said among Initiates of the African tradition and is not public knowledge. This will reveal to us that the Simon Necronomicon is not based on Western Ceremonial Magick in the least bit, but it does have everything to do with primordial spirituality of indigenous peoples around the globe.
One example of this can be seen in the Simon necronomicon’s description of the Watcher. For years critics of the Necronomicon Tradition have made the mistake of comparing the description of the Watcher, as presented in the Simon Necronomicon, with some Greek or medieval history of ceremonial magick. However, when we examine the African Traditional System of divination, commonly known as Ifa, we find that the Watcher compares greatly to the Orisha. Let us now make a comparison between these two terms and meanings.
The Mad Arab introduces the Watcher in the text with the following words:
“The Watcher is a Race sent by the Elder Ones. It keeps vigil while one sleeps, provided the appropriate ritual and sacrifice has been performed,: else, if called, it will turn upon you.”
This description of the Watcher compares greatly with the definition of the term Orisha. Here the Mad Arab defines the Watcher as those sent by the Elder Gods. They are emissaries of the Elder Gods. According to Orisha.Net, which can be found at the following link: http://www.orishanet.org/orishas.html a similar description is given:
“The orishas are the emissaries of Olodumare or God almighty”
The Mad Arab also states that the Watcher keep vigil over ones’ head. The term vigil means wakefulness of course. Interestingly, the term Orisha has been defined by some as meaning “owners of the Head.”
The Mad Arab continues in his description to list that sacrifice must be made to the Watcher at least once a month. In an article written by Zenith Harris Merrill, entitled SANTERIA, THE ORISHA TRADITION OF VOUDOU: DIVINATION, DANCE, & INITIATION, which can be found at this link: http://www.bloomington.in.us/~lgthscac/santeria.htm we find the following information:
“The religion, Santeria, traces it’s origin and observance to the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria, in Africa, worships the Orishas (gods or spirits) and is a religion of “African mysteries,”
It seems as if there is a lot in common with the meanings of both Orisha and Watcher, but more importantly the information revealed in the Simon Necronomicon concerning the Watcher does indeed stem from an ancient archetype.