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To place on sandals,' acknowledged the eu, 'is to pose because the sunlight. Very. good! yet why should still sandals hinder him from environment the earth on fireplace? ' 'The first sandals,' stated Ogotemmeli, 'were ·made of iron no longer of copper, for copper is water and likewise rays of sunshine. The sandals have been iron, simply because iron is the color of coloration. ' colour, he went directly to clarify, is cool and clean. it's the absence of solar and is helping to struggle opposed to him. Iron, the color of color, is an effective defense for soil trodden through ft of fireside. At Nanduli at the plateau, the priest, on the perfect second of consecration, whilst he's utterly pointed out with the Nummo, places at the iron sandals which lie at the altar. . yet there we see the 1st fumbling makes an attempt at jogging. What was once sought after was once sandals conlfortable to put on and supple like 119· over watery areas that are his preserves. 'It used to be the good Nummo who steered leather-based, simply because' dermis had held the fireplace stolen. from Heaven on the time of smith's descent. ' Slcin was once therefore resistant to hearth. It was once itself hearth, or it was once inoculated opposed to hearth. It was once the right monitor the foot and the soil to be secure. hence leather-sandals enabled those that possessed attributes to stroll on this planet with out harm to Sandals have been reserv. ed to such humans and no different may perhaps usurp the fitting to put on them. one other accent bizarre to the Hogon and indicative: the. foundation of his strength is his crimson cap. 'The crimson cap is sort of a sunlight at the Hogon's head. not anyone may well put on a crimson cap in Sanga. ' Koguem smiles. 'When i used to be a rifleman,' he confided to stranger, 'I consistently took my army cap offwhen I reached boundary. ' 'Another reason,' acknowledged Ogotemmeli, 'why the Hogon no longer move open air the village is due to the copper. ' whilst a Hogon dies, a copper ring is positioned around each one of ankles and his hands. those earrings come from the unique box, the grave of Lebe. They have been made from steel excreted the 7th Nummo after the swallowing. once more Ogotemmeli defined the character of copper. The rays falling from the clouds are became copper touching the floor. now not at the floor ofthe floor, yet deep in. the earth, too'deep for males in order to lay carry it, the transformation occurs. Lebe's copper used to be since it wasin the grave that they had dug for him. The earrings made up of the steel are the valuables of Lebe ; are wear the Hogon whilst he's buried, yet afterwards are taken from him and given, to not his successor, yet to oldest guy after the latter, who can be appointed in his while the workplace falls vacant back. hence each Hogon had had the jewelry in his possessio1'1 whereas his predecessor held workplace. he's impregnated copper. he's like copper, and consequently won't go water, ~or that's one of many Nummo's leader prohibitions. the ecu, for himself, had no trouble in ,accepting some of these symbolical representations, those assorted tools in which guy Ilought to control the invisible and was once himself manipulated. yet he was once considering those that, in different nations, may well in the future be curious adequate to check Dogon metaphysics, and every time he had a chance he ,checked Ogotemmeli's clarification of the universe by way of providing a few objection: 'Copper,' he acknowledged, 'belongs to the Nummo : he's copper: he excretes copper.