Thursday, October 13, 2005

The chocolate doctor?

This is about Lost. Everyone else just go play in the street.

Begging to Differ mentioned something odd. I followed it and noticed something odder.

To quote:
Try logging on to the secure version of the website (https://www.hansofoundation.org) and you'll see the following url: http://bigspaceship1.com/, follow that, and you'll get a crazy flash site with polar bears. Um...okay.

Look at the title bar, that’s morse code. Using this morse code alphabet, I decode it as chocolate asclepius.

In Greek mythology, Asclepius was Apollo's son, the god of medicine. And here’s some background:
The cult of Asclepius became very popular during the 300s BCE and the cult centres (known as an Asclepieion) were used by priests to cure the sick. Invalids also came to the shrines of Asclepius to find cures for their ailments (in the same fashion pilgrims visit Lourdes today.) The process of healing was known as incubation. The patient would spend the night in a dormitory. During the night they would supposedly be visited by the god in a dream. Priests would interpret the dreams and then recommend a remedy or give advice on how they could be cured with perhaps a recommended visit to the baths and gymnasiums. There were many centres and schools of medicine, from Trikkis in Thessaly to the island of Cos. It is believed that Hippocrates, a great doctor of antiquity, plied his trade on the island of Cos. It is also said that Hippocrates was a descendant of Asclepius.

And from the legend of Asclepius:
Some of Ascleipius' most famous cures took place with a special herb he received from a "serpent in a tomb" and the "Gorgon's blood". Athena, the mother of Asclepius, gave him two vials of the blood of Medusa, the Gorgon, that had the power to save lives and resurrect the dead. If anyone saw Medusa with her poisonous snake hair they would immediately become petrified and die. The Gorgon's blood could either kill or bring back to life depending on how it was used. Asclepius once used this unusual homeopathic remedy to resurrect a patient who had died bringing great wonder in all. How could he get the soul back from Hades?, they wondered.

Hades, the god of the underworld, was quite concerned with the famous healers intervention into his dominion. He that it was presumptuous for a physician to steal the dead from his kingdom and complained to Zeus about the timing. Zeus knew that Ascelpius still had the fault of hubris and that he needed to be humble to attain a higher realization. To humble he whom he loved and restore the natural order, Zeus hurled his thunderbolt at the great physician and his newly resurrected patient.

What any of this has to do with Lost is beyond me. It’s gotta be a joke.

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