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what a croc!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 14, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

along with many, many, MANY things that happened last night (many of which still have me reeling — locke 2.0, much), one thing that can be confirmed is that more of the four-toed statue is revealed. we’ve viewed him from the back and the profile and i’m hoping that sometime we might get a frontal view.

it is widely believed that our four-toed friend is the egyptian god sobek who is half-alligator, half-man. some sects believe sobek was the creator from the world and that he emerged from the “dark water.” cities in ancient egypt where water was important were particularly devoted to sobek, with one city even earning the nickname “crocodilopolis” (i’m there). this is what we saw last night:

jacob chomp chomp chomp

jacob chomp chomp chomp

here is a photo of an ancient sculpture of King Amenhotep with the god, Sobek:
hello, friend!

hello, friend!

(there is a better quality image of this statue over at artstor if you click the link above). this statue seems to be a good parallel for the mythology we saw last night; a god gently guiding a king. (reminds me of, perhaps, what ben may have experienced in the temple. jacob’s response to whiny ben was “what about you?” but maybe it was more of an existential question than a rebuff. it seems very possible that ben and jacob were once in communion with each other — when his “innocence was lost” in the temple — and perhaps they will be again).
more general information on this god, followed by links for further reading.
certainly plays into the whole good or bad theme, non?
“Sobek (also known as Sebek, Sebek-Ra, Sobeq, Suchos, Sobki, and Soknopais) was the ancient god of crocodiles. He is first mentioned in the Pyramid Texts and his worship continued until the Roman period. Some sects believed that Sobek was the creator of the world who arose from the “Dark Water” and created the order in the universe. Sobek was a god of the Nile who brought fertility to the land. As the “Lord of the Waters” he was thought to have risen from the primeval waters of Nun to create the world and made the Nile from his sweat. One creation myth stated that Sobek laid eggs on the bank of the waters of Nun thus creating the world. However, as well as being a force for creation, he was seen as an unpredictable deity who sometimes allied himself with the forces of Chaos. Sobek first appeared in the Old Kingdom as the son of Neith with the epithet “The Rager”. According to some myths his father was Set, the god of thunder and chaos, but he also had a close association with Horus.”

more info at: http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/sobek.htm 

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walk like an egyptian

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 9, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

apologies for the delay folks. herewith is the screencap (GASP!) of the backside of the statue (!) that we saw in “lafleur” :

meow?

meow?

to refresh, the first image we had of the statue was this:

four toes... smaller shoe size?

four toes... smaller shoe size?

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

hatchclock

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):

ankh9The 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?)