A Little Navel Contemplation
So we’re almost at the end of our long journey and I thought I would throw out one last off beat ide. This one concerns the light on the Island. It is very evident that the writers have drawn on many mythologies to craft Lost and I now present another, rather prevelant one that they may have drawn on. The Light on the Island may be the Umbilicus Mundi, sometimes known as an omphallos, or in other words the Navel of the World.
The Navel of the World idea exists in virtually every culture that has appeared on this planet. Many regard its current location to be in the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But there have many navels throughout history and many locations. I’ve been reading a book entitled “Opening the Ark of the Covenant” by Frank Joseph and Laura Beaudoin and most of what follows taken from this book. The basic story that most cultures have in one variation or another is that their ancestors originally came from a far away land across the sea. This land had as its most valuable object a brightly glowing stone, which usually has a variation on the name “Navel of the World” that would bestow good fortune and life upon the land. At some point however the inhabitants anger one of their gods and the ruler of the land sends out explorers to find a new home. The ruler does this because he has been warned by another god of the impending destruction. Once a new home is found the ruler relocates as many people as he can and makes sure that they take the Navel with them and ensure its safety.
Many of the Pacific cultures have a variation on this basic story and the Legend of Mu was one such story. Hawaii was also one of the cultures that had such a story concerning the “Navel of Light” and the god Kane, who was the god of illumination, health, and life. Kane and the goddess Pele escaped the destruction of their original home and came to the islands of Hawaii, bringing with them the Navel of Light. The Navel was a stone that gave off a luminescence that had great spiritual power. Pele excavated two underground areas for worship of the Navel of Light.
There are many stories about the Navel of the World and a more modern one was written by Umberto Eco entitled “Foulcault’s Pendulum.” It concerns a group of three New Age publishers who start to experiment with a computer program that can find the hidden connections between things that don’t seem to be related. They enter a lot of info about secret societies and lost knowledge and end up with a grand scheme for world domination. They keep revising the plan until it takes its final form. The following is a description of the plot from the web site phillipcoppens.com
The final version involves the Knights Templar’s discovering secret energy flows — telluric currents — during the Crusades. The currents’ mother lode is the so-called umbilicus mundi, or “navel of the world”. By placing a special valve in the umbilicus mundi, they will be able to control the currents, to disturb and interfere with life anywhere on Earth, with vast blackmailing possibilities against entire nations.
I don’t have to remind anyone of the frozen donkey wheel, do I? So the three publishers determine that the umbilicus mundi can be found using a foulcault pendulum located in Paris (hmmm, the Lamp Post station). They have also gotten the attention of a wannabe secret society that takes action to get the location of the umbilicus mundi from them.
The Light on the Island reminds me a lot of these stories and I think that there is a good chance that the light, and the Island, is supposed to be the Umbilicu Mundi, the Navel of the World. With the finale fast approaching I would like to take the time to thank everyone who has commented on my theories in the past. The fun I got was in presenting these ideas of mine to all of you and in learnign what you think. Thank you.