The following is vital for Black Americans to get insight into the devastating nature of the European belief system that “took down” our great African Ancestors–a system remaining extremely active in keeping their struggling descendants from rising. This rarely and barely mentioned foundational Belief System story starts with primitive Europeans applying “God,” the common Teutonic word for a personal object of religious worship, to all Supernatural and superhuman Beings of heathen mythologies. These gods were said to exercise power over Nature and humans.  Originally, its essence was of an animalistic religious belief pertaining to indwelling divine spirits–each believed to inhabit a natural object or phenomena. Hence, Images of them in various forms (e.g. trees, pillars) were used as symbols, best shown by early ancient Romans. Their religious “Numen” (divine will; spirit) beliefs were about a Supernatural divine or presiding power or spirit
existing everywhere–a power expressing itself in the greatest of human action to the point of people personifying that power—a personification expanded to be a deity in any given locality–a deity which exercised watch and ward over the whole household. Early Romans sometimes saw a divine force, or divinity, operating in pure function and act (e.g. opening doors or giving birth to children) as well as operating in non-human phenomena, like movements of the sun. In both types they attributed these mysterious things to more than the Natural. The realm in which these gods lived, they assumed, was of a non-sensory, non-rational, non-definable, and non-identifiable nature.

The point was to fashion perceptions of the Supernatural realm being some other reality—a reality not natural, as humans live in, and yet being superior to that Natural reality. Its made-up aspects by European males was fantasized as being in incomprehensible chaos–as an unpredictable, unknowable flux which humans’ minds are impotent to grasp—as a realm of inexplicable miracles. In C2 BC, so as to describe and “feel” the Supernatural powers possessed by a number of deities—and particularly those that inspired horror, or sacred thrill, they applied the word “Numen” (Supernatural God’s nod). The deity spotlighted was the sky god Jupiter because of the numinous power of thunder and lightning he generated over human heads. Further fantasy expansions were into a dynamic or creative strange genius—a Being possessing a powerful Supernatural force—a force imagined to be a single dark numinous power ruling the world and possessing magical
talismanic properties. Of great note is that the elemental characteristic pervading the mysterious sacred reality of the Supernatural is of a non-rational nature. European Supernatural creators categorized those that bathed in this realm as Holy–defined as describing a human’s experience with the “other” or divine Numen—“invested with a wordless mystery ethical or proper/improper aura or undertone.”

By inspiring an inner dread and shuddering, this “Holy” is shrouded in a fear larger than the normally thought of life of fear. The belief behind these concepts was that the same Numen in an individual moves all things in some sort or other. Thus, their Supernatural god appearance was awe- inspiring and wrathful, on the one hand, and gracious and lovable, on the other—as seen in the European Bible and slave drivers carrying that bible in one hand and a whip in other. These contrary opposites are self-explanatory and thus carry a great influence on the people–something outside the people’s ability to influence, if they were in a similar situation. To these Supernatural powers they made sacrifices and performed magic (the attempt not to persuade Nature but to coerce it) as well as adhered to Superstitions. Yet, the Numinous Personality, despite being bearers of special powers making them worthy of being venerated, were not worshipped—nor are
Saints in the Roman Catholic Church—nor are Ancestors in African Tradition. Venerate means to regard with respect, reverence, or heartfelt deference. It was believed the king’s Will was numinous, possessing a kindle of vast universality in it. Particularly for warriors going to battle and needing Numinal ‘wisdom’ to do heroic deeds, the first “Numen” each met that day was embraced as his temporary tutelary god so as to incorporate its “Numen” into himself. A “tutelary god” is one in a position of guardianship, especially protecting or watching over a particular person, place, or thing.