Ash vs. Pylons

So I was thinking the other day both the ash and the pylons can keep the smoke monster (in any form it seems) at bay.

Why do those two things do it? What do they have in common that they both have this ability???

The ash seems to have an etheral or almost spiritual component to it, and the pylons are manmade and are of science.

Maybe they don't have anything in common. idk, just theorizing out loud here lol

Maybe the island's earlier inhabitants used the ash until the pylons were developed?

Maybe it's just a way for Darlton to express that both science and tradition/religion are valid ways of accomplishing the same thing, b/c there have always been both mythical/religious and scientific/mathematic elements to LOST.

Any thoughts guys?

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