Again, I will be precautious by saying that this might contain spoilers (it will actually) and I am sorry in advance if this has already been discussed.
So! What is the monster? First, I will try to explain the functions and the inspirations of its fictional existence through astonishing literal resemblances a bit like my previous post on Adam and Eve. And then, hopefully this can open up a discussion on further theories leading to a somewhat complete bigger picture.
Now, I’m still re-watching the Lost Seasons. As the monster appears, I have a flash. He he he… You know… A flash… Anyways, in my flash was the scene when (Disney’s) Aladdin first meets the Genie (you know with the smoke…). I actually seriously look this up further for a possible theory only to discover that this might work.
My hypothesis: the monster is a form of DJINN or at least they used the concepts of DJINN and mixed it up geophysical aspects to create it. So, there’s a lot into defining what a DJINN is. I’ll do my best to put it as simple as I can while including the undeniable resemblances.
We actually can find djinns in the Bible, in Islam and in the pre-Islamic era. Here are the main characteristics with a little extra to get your mind working: Muhammad reportedly divided jinn into three classes: those who have wings and fly in the air, those who resemble snakes and dogs, and those who travel about ceaselessly. Abd Allah ibn Mas'ud, who was accompanying Muhammad when the jinn came to hear his recitation of the Quran, described them as creatures of different forms; some resembling vultures and snakes, others tall black men in white garbs. They may even appear as dragons, onagers, or a number of other animals. In addition to their animal forms, the jinn occasionally assume human form to mislead and destroy their human victims. One such jinni who had assumed the form of a beautiful woman was identified because of her beastly feet by her human victim, who killed her by throwing a rope around her neck and dragging her behind his camel. This type of jinn is called mardāzmā, (tester of men) among the Baluch people. Muhammad is also said to have told the jinn that they may subsist on bones, which will grow flesh again as soon as they touch them, and that their animals may live on dung, which will revert back to grain or grass for the use of the jinn flocks. Ibn Taymiyyah believed the Jinn were generally "ignorant, untruthful, oppressive and treacherous". Muslims believe that the Jinn account for much of the "magic" perceived by humans, cooperating with magicians to lift items in the air unseen, delivering hidden truths to fortune tellers, and mimicking the voices of deceased humans during séances.
As for the pre-Islamic era, types of djinn include the Shaitan (Satan), the Ghul (Ghoul), the Marid (associated with open waters of the seas and oceans where it finds sanctuary), the Ifrit (the strong one) and the Jinn. According to the information in The Arabian Nights, Ifrit seem to be the strongest form of djinn, followed by Marid, and then the rest of the djinn forms. As for Lost’s djinn version, my favorite is the Ifrit. Here’s more on the Ifrit: Ifrit is mentioned in the Qur'an, Sura An-Naml (27:39-40) An ‘Ifrit (strong one) from the jinn said: "I will bring it to you before you rise from your place. And verily, I am indeed strong, and trustworthy for such work. One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said: "I will bring it to you within the twinkling of an eye!" Then when Solomon saw it placed before him, he said: "This is by the Grace of my Lord - to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his ownself; and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his ownself). Certainly my Lord is Rich (Free of all needs), Bountiful. Sura An-Naml: 40. (27:40) Doesn’t this ring a bell with a particular scene…? Yeah I know. If we take all of this and mix it up with enigmatic science fiction in order get the whole spectrum of the ‘‘monster’’ away from apostasy (for example we know it has ‘‘electronical’’ (… maybe even magnetic) aspects, it clearly makes mechanical and biological sounds, it also can morph (like a djinn), etc.). I think we can get close to the writers mind about its nature or its origins.
If I were to guess, I would say that the monster was formed by the geophysical attributes of the Island. Yes. Like an animal. Probably when the Egyptians or ‘‘ancient people’’ that came first to the Island was the monsters first exposure to humans. I come to believe it wasn’t hostile to them since probably these people built it a temple. I don’t want to go too far but I agree when we say the monster is a security system; a security system like a trained dog protecting his territory and what not.
Hopefully we can build on this.
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