LOST – Anubis/Tawaret – The Egyptian Connection

A lot of people have been theorizing that the four-toed statue, which we’ve also now seen from the back, is Anubis, the Egyptian god of the underworld. However, in the pictures I’ve seen, Anubis has long pointy ears and the view from the back of the statue we saw did not.

I was all set to write about this last week until Ben summoned the Smoke monster because the hieroglyphs above smokey’s lair depicted an Egyptian god WITH pointy ears summoning what looked like a snake, but was probably just a hieroglyphic version of smokey.

So, the debates continues, but consider this…the Egyptian god Tawaret does not have pointy ear, carries two ankhs, has only four toes, and has a flat topped head just like the statue. I can’t take credit for this discovery, since I only came across it while reading information on Anubis, but someone was kind enough to provide a side-by-side comparison for us (CLICK HERE).

Furthermore, Tawaret is the Egyptian goddess of motherhood. Wouldn’t it be something if there was some connection between the fact that pregnant women all die before giving birth and the fall of the statue?

Here’s something else that got me thinking…I was in a yoga studio this past week (In Spirit Living Studio, Long Branch, NJ – I told her I’d give her a plug) and noticed a statue of what I thought might be Anubis. He had pointy ears, carried an ankh in one hand and a staff in the other hand. I had to ask the studio owner if it was Anubis and she replied that it was not even an Egyptian god. She said it was an Egyptian GUARD whose duty it was to judge people to see if they were worthy of entering the afterlife.

Now this seemed relevant to me because Ben was basically judged by smokey and given a chance at redemption by agreeing to listen to and follow Locke. The way the guards would judge the dead was to bring them to the hall of Ma’at, the Egyptian goddess of truth, and weigh a feather that Ma’at used to carry in her hair to see if it weighed more or less then the heart of the deceased. If the heart was lighter than the feather then it was considered free from sin and the dead could enter the afterlife.

No, I didn’t see any feather in the hieroglyphs, but the judgments made by smokey could parallel the heart versus feather judgments. Regardless, it appears more than obvious by now that the history of the island is steeped in ancient Egyptian mythology. I’m looking forward to learning more.


4 Responses to LOST – Anubis/Tawaret – The Egyptian Connection

  1. […] thought…I have already detailed my thoughts about with Egyptian goddess the statue represents (BLOG LINK). I personally now think that it is clearly Tawaret, but there still seems to be some debate […]

  2. jon says:

    The statue is definitely Tarawet, but there are some interesting things about it. Even though it has four toes the body is much more human than the early statues. Tarawet statues didn’t start showing up until after the third dynasty and Tarawet eventually was assimilated into Mut the Earth mother by about the 19th dynasty. The human-like form indicates a later incarnation and dates it to probably 2000 to 1500 bc.
    The snake on the inscription is probably Wadjet the cobra god who was depicted periodically with Tarawet along with Sobek the crocodile god.

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