Thursday, March 5, 2009

Dude looks like a lady

I have to laugh at how wrapped up I get in this show. If you are like me I was in complete awe of that quick glimpse of the four toed statue. About 2 seconds before the cut to the view of the statue I knew it was coming. What I wasn't expecting is the creepy backside view of it. I also got a strong feeling the island was going to shift quickly again leaving us with no other views of it. Through out the show last night I couldn't get that image out of my head. I think it was a brilliant, titillating piece of editing by the creative team. In true LOST form they gave a lot but not quite everything. The online geeks immediately went to work last night trying to identify the statue and in my opinion the mystery has been solved. I think it's mildly spoilerish so if you don't want to know quit reading now.

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At first what freaked me out so much was I though it appeared as if the statue had long uneven hair almost wookie like. After closer inspection of the screen caps you can see a clearly chiseled line that you would expect from historic statues. At this point most people agree this is a statue of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead. Before anyone starts regurgitating any purgatory theories a reminder that Darlton has stated many times that the island is NOT purgatory. In last night's episode Amy takes a necklace from her newly dead husband's neck. It's a necklace of a ankh, which is an Egyptian hieroglyph meaning eternal life. This is a very blatant clue on the writers part. Here is the part that sells me on the idea the statue is Anubis. In almost all documentations of Anubis he is holding at least one ankh and quite often two. In the screen cap you can see our statue is clearly holding what appears to be an ankh in each hand. So if this a statue of Anubis, what does that mean?

Anubis on the wiki

Ankh on the wiki