Lost, Lost Libs, and Chronopolis
This post is in response to a request from AES for information about the nature of reincarnation in the book “The Fall of Chronopolis” by Barrington J. Bailey. It arose in the comments section of his latest post “Lost Libs…” I have done several posts about this book and the parallels in Lost. Those who are not familiar may want to read them, but it is not necessary to have read them. They are entitled “Lost and The Fall of Chronopolis,” “Time and Tide,” and “Cautionary.” This post will deal mainly with reincarnation in “The Fall of Chronopolis” and possible similarities to what AES proposes.
In the book Bailey describes the soul as being eternal and yet only existing in reality, i.e. in a body, for a limited time. At the time of death the soul is separated from the body. The separation combined with the trauma of death wipes clean the soul’s memory of it’s life. It then travels backwards in time and reenters the body it just left at the time of conception. The soul then relives it’s life all over. Sometimes it is possible for the soul to remember fragments of what it experienced before. This usually takes the firm if deja vu.
There is a cult in the book called the Traumatic Sect. They worship a being called Hulmul. Hulmul is trying to break into this reality and requires souls freshly separated from their bodies. If Hulmul eats such a soul it can not travel back in time and relive it’s life. To this end the Traumatic Sect sacrifices people to Hulmul after they have terrorized their victims, usually over a period of weeks. However, Hulmul resides in the deepest depths of potential time and would need the souls of every man, woman, and child past, present, and future.
I feel that what AES is proposing for reincarnation in Lost may be similar to what happens in “The Fall of Chronopolis. ” I like the idea that the alt lives of the Losties are leaking through to the Island Losties. Also, IMO, the actions and motives of Smokey parallel that of Hulmul in the book. Whatever does happen eventually on Lost I believe there are a lot of parallels in “The Fall of Chronopolis. “