(The goddess Taweret, in whose pedestal Jacob lives, is a version of the primeval White Goddess)
The television show Lost is almost over. Its series finale will air this Sunday (in the U.S.) on all ABC affiliates.
I am still organizing my thoughts on the series, which will be easier to do after the conclusion airs on Sunday. Kevin and I will be making several posts over the next few weeks summarizing our ideas on what it all meant.
Let me offer some quick initial thoughts as to my impressions of recent episodes. Specifically, I want to talk about the mythology that might underlie the series:
Concerning Jacob/his brother/their “mother”:
The character of “mother” and her two sons, one dark and one light, remind me of the primordial deity that was worshipped in Europe from the stone age until relatively recent times: the White Goddess. The White Goddess had twin sons–the hero and his weird (often depicted as a monster or dragon), one light and one dark–that would engage in an eternal struggle (linked with the changes of the seasons) for the love of their mother/bride. The White Goddess was a death goddess as well–which would explain some of the things that “mother” was able to do in the episode “Across the Sea.” The WG was also understood as a goddess of the oceans…hence “mother” ruling on an island, and the island being the setting for the show. Notice in the Apocalypse of St. John, in the new Heaven and the new Earth there will be no sea.
I am familiar with the pagan concept of The White Goddess primarily from reading Robert Graves’ book (of the same name) around 20 times when I was between 20 and 24 years of age. It is a fascinating book and religious concept, but ultimeately…it is a religion based in and on nature. It lacks the transcendant concepts and goals that Christianity possesses.
The contrast in Lost is between light and dark…which is not quite the same as between good and evil.