Season: 1 & 2, Episodes: 3, Faction: N/A
Mary Jo was the Mega Lotto Jackpot girl & Sawyer’s intended con-victim.
1×18 – Numbers | 2×04 – Everybody Hates Hugo
She drew Hurley’s winning numbers in the Mega Lotto Jackpot. While she was drawing the numbers on the television, Hurley’s mother was telling him he should find a girlfriend. (“Numbers”) (“Everybody Hates Hugo”)
1×16 – Outlaws
She was about to go to bed with Sawyer, who was possibly trying to con her, but they were interrupted by Hibbs, who mis-informed Sawyer about the identity of the original Sawyer as Frank Duckett, who lived in Australia. (“Outlaws”)
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(Mesekhnet) Meskhenet is depicted anthropomorphically, with the sign of a stylized bovine uterus above her head, or as the personification of the brick on which Egyptian women traditionally squatted to give birth, in which case the brick itself is depicted with a woman’s head. Meskhenet is associated with the destiny bestowed upon an individual at birth, as is vividly demonstrated in a tale from the Westcar Papyrus. When Lady Ruddedet is about to give birth to three sons who are to become the first three kings of the Fifth Dynasty, Re sends Isis, Nephthys, Heqet, Meskhenet and Khnum to preside over the births. Heqet facilitates the delivery, Isis gives to each child his name, and Khnum bestows health upon them. Meskhenet’s role is to approach each child as he is born and foretell his destiny: “A king who will assume kingship in this whole land,” (Lichtheim, vol. 1, pp. 220-1). The ‘Satire on the Trades’, a text whose purpose is to promote the scribal profession, states that “the Meskhenet assigned to the scribe … promotes him in the council,” (Lichtheim, vol. 1, p. 191). Here, one’s Meskhenet is apparently a talent one possesses innately. The ‘Great Hymn to Khnum’ speaks of four Meskhenets who accompany four forms of Khnum “to repel the designs of evil by incantations,” (Lichtheim, vol. 3, p. 114) presumably at the time of birth. A series of dedications at Hermopolis by Hatshepsut, attested in her Speos Artemidos inscription, mentions Heqet, Renenutet and Meskhenet as having joined together to form Hatshepsut’s body; it has been postulated that in this grouping, Heqet is responsible for initial conception, Renenutet with growth in the womb, and Meskhenet with the delivery of the infant.
A role in the afterlife as well for Meskhenet is implied by a fragmentary and cryptic passage from the Pyramid Texts (PT utterance 667C) which speaks of something “which Meskhenet your [i.e., the deceased king’s] mother has made,” urging the deceased king, “whose seats are hidden,” to “Raise yourself … collect your bones, gather your members together,” to “Turn yourself about,” and to “overthrow the ramparts.” Meskhenet must either be presiding over a literal new birth for the deceased here or is continuing to administer posthumously the destiny she bestowed upon the individual at birth. In a spell for protection against infectious disease (no. 16 in Borghouts), the operator seeks to repulse hostile powers by invoking a wrathful aspect of Meskhenet, affirming that “I am the horror that has come forth from Dep [Buto], Meskhenet who has come forth from Heliopolis.”
Meskhenet was a goddess who presided at child birth. In her form of a tile terminating in a female head (called in the Book of the Dead “cubit-with-head”) she represents one of the bricks upon which women in ancient Egypt took a squatting position to give birth. Her presence near the scales in the hall of the Two Truths, where the dead person’s heart is examined and weighed to ascertain suitability for the Egyptian paradise, is there to assist at a symbolic rebirth in the Afterlife. Her symbol of two loops at the top of a vertical stroke has been shown to be the bocornuate uterus of a heifer.
In addition to ensuring the safe delivery of a child from the womb, Meskhenet takes a decision on its destiny at the time of birth. In the Papyrus Westcar the goddess helps at the birth of the future first three kings of the 5th Dynasty. On the arrival of Userkaf, Sahure and Neferirkare into the arms of Isis, she approaches each child and assures it of kingship. Similarly she is the force of destiny that assigns to a scribe promotion among the administrators of Egypt.
A hymn in the temple of Esna refers to four “Meskhenets” at the side of the creator god Khnum, whose purpose is to repel evil by their incantations.
In Ancient Egyptian mythology, Meskhenet, (also spelt Mesenet, Meskhent, and Meshkent) was the goddess of childbirth, and the creator of each child’s Ka, a part of their soul, which she breathed into them at the moment of birth. She was worshipped from the earliest of times by Egyptians.
In ancient Egypt, women delivered babies while squatting on a pair of bricks, known as birth bricks, and Meskhenet was the goddess associated with this form of delivery. Consequently, in art, she sometimes was depicted as a brick with a woman’s head, wearing a cow’s uterus upon it. At other times she was depicted as a woman with a symbolic cow’s uterus on her headdress.
Since she was responsible for creating the Ka, she was associated with fate. Thus later she sometimes was said to be paired with Shai, who became a god of destiny after the deity evolved out of an abstract concept.
It was said that Meskhenet was present at the birth of triplets, and foretold in their fates, that they would each be pharaohs – the triplets in question were Sahure, Userkaf, and Neferirkare Kakai, who were the first pharaohs in the fifth dynasty (although Userkaf was not the sibling of the other two, but their father).
Meskhenet also was believed to be the earliest wife of Andjety the god of rebirth in the underworld. Andjety appears to have been worshipped since pre-dynastic times at Andjet, and is thought by most Egyptologists to be the god who eventually became Osiris.