Primordial Negus (The True "Imago Dei")
Compiled by Ammanuel Bey
The TV series Watchmen’s predominant visual motif: the primordial egg itself. The concept of the cosmic egg is quite expansive and universal, so here's a basic breakdown of Wikipedia's definition: "Typically, the world egg is a beginning of some sort, and the universe or some primordial being comes into existence by "hatching" from the egg, sometimes lain on the primordial waters of the Earth."
An important totem for the central focus in expressing occultic ideas such as "Imago Dei," or 'Image of God,' meaning in likeness, or similarity, to God. Ideas such as Orphicism and their orphic god that emerges from the cosmic egg or thoughts of Hermopolitan Ogdoad cosmogony. We are introduced to the familiar concepts of the "Gnostic Anthrôpos," or "Adamas," as it is sometimes called, a cosmogonic element, pure mind as distinct from matter, a personified idea, or the human reason conceived as the World-Soul.
Hints regarding the "Adam Kadmon" (אָדָם קַדְמוֹן, "Primordial Man"; also called "Adam Elyon" אָדָם עֶלִיוֹן or Adam Ila'ah אָדָם עִילָּאָה, the "Supreme Man." Visual tropes of the "Pre-existent Man" and its "Emanation" from a ray of divine light; the "God-man," the "Primeval Man" (Protanthropos, Adam), an archetypal figure who is also referred to as the "Cosmic Man," a thought of Allah manifested in Human Flesh known as Doctor Manhattan aka Jon Osterman, a so-called black man. God inhabiting the garb of blackness.
"Jon" is a shortened form of the common given name Jonathan, derived from the Hebrew name יְהוֹנָתָן (Yehonatan), contracted to יוֹנָתָן (Yonatan), meaning "YAHWEH has given", derived from the roots יְהוֹ (yeho) referring to the Hebrew God and נָתַן (natan) meaning "to give". According to the Old Testament, Jonathan was the eldest son of Saul. Perhaps Sol is closely related.
The surname "Osterman" is of uncertain origin, but there are several possibilities for its source. It may have derived from the Gothic word "ostan" meaning "the direction of the rising sun," and may have been initially born by someone from the east. Alternatively, Osterman may have come from the Middle High German word "Oster," meaning "Easter," and the name would have likely belonged to someone born or baptized during the festival of Easter. In Christian traditions, the Easter Egg is a symbol of resurrection.
During the TV series, Doctor Manhattan makes the declaration of " Thermodynamic Miracles" and the prophetic birth of God; eloquently uttering that: "events with odds against so astronomical they're effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold. I long to observe such a thing. And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter... Until your mother loves a man she has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged. To distill such a specific form from that chaos of improbability, like turning air to gold... that is the crowning of unlikelihood. The thermodynamic miracle."
In this case, the sperm represents the "Cosmic serpent," or the "World Serpent," the "Ouroboros" (or Uroboros). is often interpreted as a symbol for eternal cyclic renewal or a cycle of life, death, and rebirth. In Gnosticism, a serpent biting its tail symbolized eternity and the soul of the world. The ouroboros has certain features in common with the Biblical Leviathan. According to the Zohar, the Leviathan is a singular creature with no mate, "its tail is placed in its mouth.
This motif is usually depicted as a serpent "twisting around and encompassing the entire world". Throughout South America, it is a common belief that the world-disc is encircled by a snake, often an anaconda, biting its own tail. In case you haven't guessed by now; the world Serpent is representative of the "Cosmic Egg" or the "World Egg."
The egg is often depicted with a serpent wound around it. Eggs symbolize the unification of two complementary principles (represented by the egg white and the yolk) from which life or existence, in its most fundamental philosophical sense, emerges. To the ancient Egyptians, the "Ogdoad" is the "Cosmic Egg", from which all things are born. Life comes from the Cosmic Egg; as the sun god, Ra was born from the primordial egg in a stage known as the first occasion. In Dogon mythology (West Africa): "In the beginning, Amma, alone, was in the shape of an egg: the four collar bones were fused, dividing the egg into air, earth, fire, and water, establishing also the four cardinal directions. Within this cosmic egg was the material and the structure of the universe, and the 266 signs that embraced the essence of all things.
In the Holy Qur’an, Chapter An-Nazi'at (79), Verse: 30 وَالْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ دَحَاهَا we find a possible reference to the Cosmic Egg. In English, it is translated: “And after that, the earth: wide has He spread its expanse.” Interestingly enough, the word “دَحَاهَا” can also be translated: ”extended in egg shape." so the translation can be: “And the earth, moreover, hath he extended in egg shape.”
Even more amazing, the word “دَحَا” (dahaa) is derived from the word “دحية” (duhyah) which specifically means ”egg of ostrich” (not just any egg).
Let us end on the phrase: "Be, and it is" (كن فيكون kun fa-yakūnu). "Kun" (كن) is an Arabic word for the act of "manifesting", "existing" or "being" and consisting of the letters 'Kaph' and 'Nun' (letter). In the Qur'an, Allah commands the universe to "be" ("kun!" كن!), so that it is (fa-yakūnu فيكون). Kun fa-yakūnu has its reference in the Quran cited as a symbol or sign of God's mystical creative power.
Thus, the universe came into existence with the assertion of the Almighty's commanding word “be,” which is being interpreted by the scientists as “the sudden bursting of the cosmic egg."
As an ending statement, I cannot neglect the Quran saying, ‘Yudabbirul Amr’ (He plans his affairs with great precision). And the Quran also calls God, the Wise (Hakeem). Egyptian whispers his name "Amon (Imun/Amen/Ymani/Ámmōn/Hámmōn)). The Nation of Islam teaches a form of "Apotheosis," in their conviction that the Asiatic Blackman is God and his proper name is "Allah", the Arabic word for "God". A.l.l.a.h. being an abbreviation for "A" (arms) "L" (legs), "L" (legs), "A" (arms) "H" (head). The book "Kabbalah" by Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi tells us that "the Name of God, Yahweh “I am that I am” was a special Name of God given to Moses, in a vertical arrangement, as the likeness of Adam Kadmon, the primordial (human) man... This figure of the Kavod or Divine Glory... composed of fire is spoken of in Ezekiel as the appearance of a man... the Divine Name as Adam Kadmon.”
The word "Nigga" perhaps etymologically related to "Naga" or "Negus?" Quite extraordinary, we find that according to Indian myth, the king of all Nagas was a divine, cosmic serpent. Ananta, the Naga, associate of Vishnu and Shiva, wraps its coils around the base of the axis Mundi and is the guardian of the nadir (in many myths the zenith is ruled by the eagle). An allomorph of the name of the cosmic serpent 'Sesa;' or, more rarely, 'ahiraja,' meant "serpent king." Scholars feel that the word "mani" is often connected to "nagas" who are supposed to guard treasures.
The word "Negus" is generally said to mean "King," "Ruler" or "Emperor" in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. It is considered as an antynym of the word "nigger" according to its historical American usage. Some profess that the term "Nigger" can be traced back to "N-g-r" (Egyptian; pronounced 'en-jer') signifying "God." There's also possible relation to "N-t-y-r" (Egypt; pronounced 'net-ger') also translated as "God," or "Devine." We also suggest perhaps a relation to "Negash" (Ethiopia; 'ne-gash') meaning "King." History echoes that the Romans had a name for Black people, being the word "Niger" said to be descriptive for "Black" or people of African origins.