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The screen shot of the statue from tonight's episode along with the ankh necklace that Paul wore in the episode has turned up a strong connection to the Egyptian God Anubis. In fact, SWLS is saying that the four-toed statue IS in fact Anubis. Follow the jump to learn some more about Anubis, see some pics to help solidify that the statue is him, and to let us know what you think.
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Anubis is the Greek name for the ancient jackal-headed god of the dead in Egyptian mythology whose hieroglyphic version is more accurately spelled Anpu (also Anupu, Anbu, Wip, Ienpw, Inepu, Yinepu, Inpu, or Inpw). He is also known as Sekhem Em Pet. Prayers to Anubis have been found carved on the most ancient tombs in Egypt; indeed, the Unas text associates him with the Eye of Horus (yep, we got a Horace in Lost as well, different spelling, same pronunciation). He serves as both a guide to the recently departed and as the patron of embalmers and mummification, though his primary role is as the guardian and judge of the dead.
Basically, Anubis was the deity who judged the dead, and made the decision about whether they could enter the Underworld, or if they would be cast into the Eater of Souls. However, besides judging the dead, Anubis also looked over them, making sure that no one was ever sent to the Eater of Souls by mistake.
In most images and statues of Anubis, he is seen holding (and sometimes wearing) an Ankh necklace in his right hand, and a staff of some kind in his left. Although one of the images shows a staff with an "Anubis" head on it, typically the staff he is seen holding looks similar to the others pictured below.
Finally, the four toes. On several sites with information about Anubis, we found references to Anubis, when in canine form, having only four toes (or more like paws) on his hind legs, and 5 toes on his front legs. This fact could be what inspired the ancient islanders to create the statue with only four toes, despite the fact that you can't exactly say the statue is in canine form. Two of the sites that mentioned this are here and here. Do a search for "four-toed" to find the exact text.
Other references we've had to ancient Egypt have been Horace Goodspeed (from the Egyptian God Horus); The Hieroglyphs we've seen in many places including the Temple, the Frozen Donkey Wheel, the Ben Cave, and of course in the Swan Station(note: At Comic Con 06, Lost writers said that the translation they were hoping to convey was "Underworld" for these hieroglyphics, which would be a place of death. ); Hurley's recent painting of the Sphinx and Pyramids, and the Ankh Necklace in tonight's episode. Can the producers make it any clearer to us that Ancient Egypt holds a key in all of this.
Note the ears, position of legs, the hair and skirt/dress, and the right arm holding an object (most certainly an Ankh) in the comparison photos below (click to enlarge)."
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