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The Statue

May 18th, 2009 4 comments

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Taweret or Sobek or combination of many? (I vote many/composite)

UPDATE: Aha! moment.

(disclaimer: probably too much analysis of this easter egg.)

Okay so what IF the statue is Taweret.  I can live with that, with her linkage to fertility and the current lack thereof on the Island (and her current state of being… well she’s only a foot now)

What is Jacob embodies Sobek? From the wiki:

On occasion, later, rather than having a crocodile back, she was seen as having a separate, small crocodile resting on her back, which was thus interpreted as Sobek, the crocodile-god, and said to be her consort.

Why the quibble? Well because I really like this description of Sobek, vis-a-vis my pet theories of Jacob and his qualities (which admittedly could be all wrong).

Sobek’s ambiguous nature led some Egyptians to believe that he was a repairer of evil that had been done, rather than a force for good in itself, for example, going to Duat to restore damage done to the dead as a result of their form of death. He was also said to call on suitable gods and goddesses required for protecting people in situation, effectively having a more distant role, nudging things along, rather than taking an active part

bolding mine?

UPDATE teh second:

So presuming Taweret as statue and Jacob as Sobek analog, where does that put our friend black shirt.  If he is the embodiment of Smokey (perhaps black shirt was actually a manifestation of Smokey, hmmm…) then where does his fit in this egyptian mythical love triangle.  Back to the wiki entry for Taweret we read:

When paired with another deity, she became the demon-wife of Apep, the original god of evil. Since Apep was viewed as residing below the horizon, and only present at night, evil during the day then was envisaged as being a result of Taweret’s malfeasance

As the hippopotamus was associated with the Nile, these more positive ideas of Taweret allowed her to be seen as a goddess of the annual flooding of the Nile and the bountiful harvest that it brought. Ultimately, although only a household deity, since she was still considered the consort of Apep, Taweret was seen as one who protected against evil by restraining it.

Okay, so who is Apep?

In Egyptian mythology, Apep (also spelled Apepi, and Aapep, or Apophis in Greek) was an evil demon, the deification of darkness and chaos (isfet in Egyptian), and thus opponent of light and Ma’at (order/truth), whose existence was believed from the Middle Kingdom onwards.

As the personification of all that was evil, Apep was seen as a giant snake, crocodile, serpent, or in later years, in a few cases, as a dragon, leading to titles such as Serpent from the Nile, and Evil lizard.

As they say in the blogs, read the whole thing…  So White/Jacob/Sobek vs. Black/Smokey/Apep vying for the affections of The Island/Taweret.

So what do you think, a grand unification theory of LOSTiness proportions or epic FAIL?

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LOST – Watching from the Beginning

May 18th, 2009 2 comments

Okay, the final installment of season 5 Lost was awesome.  I LOVED the opening scene with the dialog between Jacob and HeWhoShallNotBeNamed (Esau/Smokey/Blackshirt/Man #2).

I loved the final words between Ben and Jacob:

Ben, “What about me?”

Jacob, “What about you?”

The white flash can mean anything (like every other season finale we know nothing)

So instead of troubling myself on predictions and such.  I’m going to review the whole series.

I did the math, 101 episodes roughly 260 days before season six kicks off.  That’s an episode about every other day. 

If you’ve been following me (@jstueve) on twitter, like @ccollinsmith, @ASHATL and others, this is old news.  But if you’re just picking this up, or want to pitch in, I’ll keep this place as a holder.

We’ve loosely decided to to watch an episode every 48 hours.  That might change as we go, but it does allow for wriggle room along the way.  So for now here is the initial few episodes to watch.

This past weekend watch the pilot (S1E01-E02) not too late to catch up, its just two hours long, and still a wonderful two hours of television.

The schedule for the next couple of episodes are as follows:

  • Today: S1E03 – Tabula Rasa
  • Wednesday (May 29th) – Walkabout

I’ll post more blog posts about the schedule as we go along.  Feel free to register and follow along, post theories, thoughts observations.  Join us on Twitter with the hashtag #WFTB. 

UPDATE:  I hear that SciFi channel is re-airing season 1 episodes this week in the evening (@Yelwrose) so that might be a good place to get some episodes re-DVRd.  Grab the box sets, or other alternative ways of getting the episodes and watch with us.

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