I found this today in Doc Jensen's teaser to his LOST Season 5 wrap-up column.
And as the camera pulls back, we see what we've been waiting to see since we first glimpsed that four-toed foot over three years ago... the towering, majestic statue of the Egyptian goddess Taweret.
There was a lot of Internet discussion and analysis about the identity of the statue, which was represented partially in Season 2 with four toes. The mystery stood for three seasons before an opening scene flashback of Season 5's finale, in which we were treated to a close-up of a completely in tact statue. It was Tawaret, the Egyptian goddess of birth, rebirth and the horizon.
Here's more details about Tawaret...
Early during the Old Kingdom, the Egyptians came to see female hippopotami as less aggressive than the males, and began to view their aggression only as one of protecting their young and being good mothers, particularly since it is the males that are territorially aggressive. Consequently, Taweret became seen, very early in Egyptian history, as a deity of protection in pregnancy and childbirth.
I wouldn't be a true LOST fan (nerd?) if I didn't post my theory.
Despite what the Wikipedia entry says, I don't believe the statue was destroyed sometime before 1974. There isn't proof. Instead, the statue was destroyed in 1977 during The Incident. Explaining The Incident is a debate in itself, but I believe it was the hydrogen bomb-detonating actions by the Losties stuck in 1977. Juliet apparently set off the bomb, known as Jughead, and the screen went white to end Season 5.
As the statue crumbles during this explosion, so does the protection of the pregnant women (this is something we've been made aware of the entire series). Hence all of their deaths and the reason Juliet, a miracle-working fertility doctor, was brought to The Island in 2001. The only proven storyline that corraborates by theory is that Amy berthed Horace's child (Ethan) in 1977. It seems that Juliet's detonation destroyed the statue and subsequently caused the problems with the pregnant women, which brought her to the Island. I-RONY.
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