walk like an egyptian
apologies for the delay folks. herewith is the screencap (GASP!) of the backside of the statue (!) that we saw in “lafleur” :
to refresh, the first image we had of the statue was this:
what we know: the statue is located on the shore of the island. it appears to be egyptian in nature (cat ears, long hair, human body — sphynx/anubis-like). it is holding an ankh, an egyptian symbol of eternal life.
what this means: the statue can be seen by those approaching the island. its position indicates that it is some sort of beacon — or siren — leading people to the island. is it welcoming and benevolent or deceiving and evil? (come to the island, unknowing traveler, and become a smokey snack!)
— EGYPTIAN?! it seems like lost really wants us to think that the history of this island goes wayyyyyy back. lots of egyptian influences throughout the show: the hieroglyphics on the “smokey” door in ben’s house, thr inscriptions on the temple that we saw this season (where rousseau’s team was made into pod-people by smokey), and, OF COURSE, the red alert display on the hatch clock: has
back in season 2, some lost scholar infomred us that this sequence of glyphs means: to cause to die.
this place is death, eh, charlotte? hmmmmmmm.
and with all the dead/not dead/resurrected question that have been raised this season, egyptian seems to be an appropriate influence. notice, also, in “lafleur” that richard asks for paul’s dead body from the dharma folks. while some may argue this is a strategy on rochard’;s part, to show his people tht an”eye for an eye” sort of justice has been taken. yet, with all these egyptian refs, i’m thinking that the others do something with resurrecting bodies. (remember that mummies were created with the notion that one would need one’s organs in the afterlife. is the island an afterlife of sorts? one while we are still alive?)
ALSO: while we enjoyed sawyer’s eyeliner comment for its comic value… didn’t egyptians (men and women) famously wear eyeliner as well?
— the ankh (definition form an aticle by ellison on touregypt):
The Ankh was, for the ancient Egyptians, the symbol (the actual Hieroglyphic sign) of life but it is an enduring icon that remains with us even today as a Christian cross. It is one of the most potent symbols represented in Egyptian art, often forming a part of decorative motifs.
The ankh seems at least to be an evolved form of, or associated with the Egyptian glyph for magical protection, sa. However, what the sign itself represents is often disputed. For example, Sir Alan Gardiner thought that it showed a sandal strap with the loop at the top forming the strap, but if so, the symbolism is obscure and so his theory has found little real favor early on. However, this interpretation seems to have received some acceptance among modern writers. It would seem that the ancient Egyptians called that part of the sandal ‘nkh (exact pronunciation unknown). Because this word was composed of the same consonants as the word “life”, the sign to represent that particular part of the sandal, was also used to write the word “life”.
a SANDAL, eh? you mean, that thing that covers a four-toed foot? but beyond that, we also know this image happens to be the same one that was on paul’s necklace. eternal life iseems to be a growing interest of the island’s inhabitants: perhaps dharma, as a scientific utopia, is trying to achieve this. perhaps the others already have. richard certainly has. perhaps this is why widmore wants the island so bad?
regardless, we can now be certain that egyptian culture has played a significant role in the island’s history.
(then again, can we be certain that the statue we saw in “lafleur” and the four-toes that we saw in “live togehter, die alone” are from the same structure?)