Jin-Soo Kwon

Season: 1–6, Episodes: 92, Faction: Survivors

Overview

Kwon Jin-Soo (Hangul: 권진수, Hanja: 權眞秀), more commonly known as Jin, was married to Sun-Hwa Kwon and was one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. Knowing no English, Jin initially isolated himself and Sun from the other survivors, and when he found she’d secretly learned the language, he felt betrayed and briefly left her. He later learned English himself and involved himself more in group activities. His time on the island restored his marriage, which his violent, corrupt job had nearly ruined. He even managed to conceive a child with his wife, even though he’d been infertile. He also contributed through his combat skills, which he’d learned as his father-in-law’s enforcer, and through fishing, a humble occupation that had brought him shame back in Korea.

Jin tried a number of times to escape the island. His first attempt sent him right back to the island, into the hands of a hostile group of other survivors. He and Sun later boarded a freighter, but though Sun escaped, a disaster aboard convinced her he died. Jin returned to the Island, time traveling to 1974, where he joined the DHARMA Initiative as a security officer for three years. He returned to 2007, where he reunited with Sun. They tried to leave the island on a submarine. It sank, and the two drowned together. They stayed a couple in the afterlife and moved on with their friends.

Fertility (Water)

Fertility (Vegetation)

Fertility (Earth)

Childbirth

Sun (Fire)

Craftsman

Ferryboat

Childhood

3×18 – D.O.C.

   

Jin-Soo Kwon was born into the peasant class in the fishing village of Namhae, on the southern coast of Korea. He grew up in a single parent household because his mother, a prostitute, abandoned him as an infant. Mr. Kwon, a fisherman, proudly raised Jin as his son, though he may or may not have been his true father. He never revealed Jin’s mother’s identity, falsely telling him she had died. (“D.O.C.”)

Career

3×18 – D.O.C.

Jin served in the national Army, as the law demands all Korean men do. (“D.O.C.”)

2×05 – …And Found

   

After completing his service, Jin moved to Seoul to raise his standard of life. There, he lived with a friend, and looked for work at nearby hotels. He worked hard as a kitchen helper till he became a waiter. The Seoul Gateway Hotel then hired him as a doorman, but its owner warned him that his background would haunt him. Jin quit his job after realizing the class-policing that accompanied it. (“…And Found”)

1×06 – House of the Rising Sun

   

After quitting his job as a doorman he again became a waiter. After he became engaged to Sun though, Jin began working for her father at Paik Automotive. (“House of the Rising Sun”)

4×07 – Ji Yeon

   

He began with six months of training, and he worked hard; he once dodged oncoming traffic to deliver the Chinese ambassador a gift. His role soon changed though. (“Ji Yeon”)

3×18 – D.O.C.

   

Unbeknownst to him, his mother had blackmailed Sun with knowledge of his background, and she took money from her father to pay her off. She told the Jin the money was for furniture, and he asked her to return it, but Mr. Paik held him accountable for the debt. He made Jin his personal assistant, which meant entering a world of organized crime. (“D.O.C.”)

1×17 – …In Translation

   

Mr. Paik ordered him to send messages to officials and union leaders. The first time he did it, the recipient gladly gifted him the family dog, which Jin gave to Sun. Jin soon learned though that “sending a message” meant killing, and when an assassin accompanied him on his next trip, Jin beat the victim severely to stop the assassin from killing him. (“…In Translation”)

3×02 – The Glass Ballerina

   

Another time, Mr. Paik sent him to deliver a message to Jae Lee, who was “stealing” from him. Instead of killing him, Jin beat him and suggested he flee the country. Jae Lee had been having an affair with Sun though, and thinking that he’d just met the vengeful husband, he jumped out the window and killed himself after landing on Jin’s car. (“The Glass Ballerina”)

Marriage

2×05 – …And Found

   

Jin first bumped into Sun the day he left the Seoul Gateway Hotel. The connection between them seemed instant. (“…And Found”)

1×17 – …In Translation

   

Jin soon asked her to marry him and Mr Paik agreed to this. His father didn’t attend the wedding – Jin had told Sun that his parents were dead to distract from his background. (“…In Translation”)

5×16 – The Incident, Part 1

   

A stranger showed up though at their wedding, and blessed their marriage in fluent Korean. (“The Incident, Part 2”)

1×17 – …In Translation

   

The marriage suffered under the strain of Jin’s job. They first postponed their honeymoon for Jin’s training; he gave her a white flower in its place. (“…In Translation”)

1×06 – House of the Rising Sun

   

Sun then discovered the job’s violent nature, and their relationship suffered further. (“House of the Rising Sun”)

2×16 – The Whole Truth

   

They tried to conceive a child, hoping a grandchild would please Mr. Paik, but a doctor told them Sun was barren. Jin angrily suggested she’d known but hid this fact, but the doctor later privately told Sun that Jin, not she, was actually the infertile one. She hid this from him. (“The Whole Truth”)

Flight 815

1×17 – …In Translation

   

Uncomfortable with his role as Mr. Paik’s lap dog, Jin visited his own father in Namhae. Though a mere fisherman, his father’s wisdom convinced Jin that his love for his wife mattered more than anything her father could do to them. Jin followed his father’s advice: after delivering two Rolex watches to Sydney and Los Angeles under Paik’s orders, he and Sun would disappear together to a new life in America. (“…In Translation”)

1×06 – House of the Rising Sun

   

After delivering one of the watches in Australia, Jin prepared to board Oceanic Flight 815 and conduct his final job in L.A. (“House of the Rising Sun”)

1×24 – Exodus, Part 2

   

In the airport restroom though, he encountered a man employed by Mr. Paik who threatened him not to try escaping. (“Exodus, Part 2”)

1×25 – Exodus, Part 3

   

With little time to process this information, Jin returned to his wife and the two boarded their flight. (“Exodus, Part 3”)

On the Island (Days 1-44)

1×01 – Pilot, Part 1

   

After crashing on the Island, Jin isolated himself & his wife from the others. During the first rainfall, he shooed another survivor from the debris that sheltered the two. (“Pilot, Part 1”)

1×02 – Pilot, Part 2

   

Despite that, he caught fish and offered it to several in the camp.

   

Claire accepted, and after she swallowed, she felt her baby kicking, the first sign that it had survived the crash. Hurley declined his food offerings laughing. (“Pilot, Part 2”)

1×06 – House of the Rising Sun

   

During the first week, Michael found and wore the watch Jin was transporting for Mr. Paik. Jin attacked Michael, and Sayid and Sawyer intervened, handcuffing Jin to a piece of debris. Sun explained the watch’s significance to Michael, and he cut the cuffs’ chain. The cuffs continued to chafe his wrists. (“House of the Rising Sun”)

1×07 – The Moth

   

Later that night, Jin and Sun moved to the caves, Jin demanded Sun cover her bare shoulders one day, and Jin helped rescue Jack after the cave-in. (“The Moth”)

1×08 – Confidence Man

   

Sun’s later interactions with survivors angered him, but Michael made him back off. (“Confidence Man”)

1×13 – Hearts and Minds

   

Hurley begged Jin to teach him to fish after weeks of low protein. The communication barrier frustrated Hurley, who then stepped on a sea urchin and begged Jin to “pee on” his foot.

   

Jin gave him a cleaned fish that afternoon. Earlier, Jin traded some fish for Sawyer’s last water bottles for Sun. (“Hearts and Minds”)

1×15 – Homecoming

   

Ethan later attacked Jin after Claire’s kidnapping and return, and Sun tended to his wounds. (“Homecoming”)

1×17 – …In Translation

   

Later, when Sun wore on a bikini to the beach, Jin angrily covered her with a towel, and though Michael intervened, she sided with Jin this time.

   

The raft Michael was building caught fire that night, and Jin burned his hands trying to extinguish the flames. Others blamed Jin for the fire, citing his and Michael’s rivalry and Sawyer dragged him to Michael so they could beat out a confession.

   

Sun yelled at them to stop, and her English shocked everyone, especially Jin. The betrayal hurt him, and he barely spoke to Sun for weeks. (“…In Translation”)

1×18 – Numbers

   

Michael rebuilt the raft with Jin’s help. The language barrier thwarted them at first, and Michael’s frequent yelling annoyed Jin. (“Numbers”)

1×19 – Deus Ex Machina

   

They eventually though learned to understand each other and continued to construction the second raft. (“Deus Ex Machina”)

1×20 – Do No Harm

   

The one tie he did was when she translated him, summoning Jack to Claire to help her deliver. Jack didn’t come, and Jin helped Kate and Charlie deliver the baby. (“Do No Harm”)

1×22 – Born to Run

   

Sun later confronted Jin about ignoring her, and Jin said he’d sail away on the raft. Kate suggested Sun poison Jin’s water to keep him off the raft, but Michael drank from the bottle instead, and he recovered soon anyway. (“Born to Run”)

1×23 – Exodus, Part 1

   

Just before Michael and Jin left on the raft with Walt and Sawyer, Sun gave him a notebook of English maritime phrases. The two reconciled before Jin left on the raft. (“Exodus, Part 1”)

1×24 – Exodus, Part 2

   

According to Arzt, Jin only caught fish for his friends. (“Exodus, Part 2”)

1×25 – Exodus, Part 3

   

The raft sailed away, but the Others attacked the raft and Jin dove into the ocean to rescue Sawyer.

   

A molotov cocktail then blew up the raft and the Others kidnapped Walt, leaving the remaining survivors adrift on the ocean. (“Exodus, Part 3”)

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Associated LOST Themes 

      

   

Associated DHARMA Stations

      

   

Decoded Family Members & Lovers

Mr. Kwon (Father)

Jin's Mother

Woo-Jung Paik (Father-in-law)

Mrs. Paik (Mother-in-law)

Sun-Hwa Kwon (Wife)

Ji Yeon Kwon (Daughter)

Decoded Season 1 Characters

Claire Littleton

Michael Dawson

Walt Lloyd

James Sawyer

Tom Friendly

Molotov Woman

The Twins

Decoded Season 2 Characters

Libby Smith

Cindy Chandler

Ana Lucia Cortez

Mr. Eko

Bernard Nadler

Jae Lee

Shop Clerk

Decoded Season 3 Characters

Nikki Fernandez

Paulo

Naomi Dorrit

Mikhail Bakunin

Juliet Burke

Ryan Pryce

Jason

Matthew

Luke

Roger Linus

Decoded Season 4 Characters

Charlotte Lewis

Daniel Faraday

Ray

Decoded Season 5 Characters

Robert

Montand

Brennan

Lacombe

Nadine

Danielle Rousseau

Stuart Radzinsky

Amy Goodspeed

Paul

Heather

Benjamin Linus

Dr. Pierre Chang

Jacob

Decoded Season 6 Characters

Dogen

Lennon

Aldo

Justin

The Man In Black

Zoe

Charles Widmore

Martin Keamy

Omar

Key Episode(s) to Decoding the Character

1x02 "Pilot, Part 2"

1x17 "... In Translation"

1x20 "Do No Harm"

1x23-24 "Exodus"

2x16 "The Whole Truth"

6x17 "The End"









Khnum is depicted as a man with the head of a ram with horizontal undulating horns, Ovis longipes palaeoaegypticus. This is thought to be the original Egyptian species, apparently supplanted over time by Ovis platyura aegyptiaca, the type of ram associated with Amun. Some Greek writers, ignorant of the older species, mistake the ram associated with Khnum, Banebdjedet and Arsaphes as a goat. In later depictions Khnum is sometimes shown with both kinds of horns together. Khnum is seen most characteristically sitting at a potter’s wheel upon which he moulds the form of a child. Upon this wheel Khnum shapes the forms of all living beings, the word for ram, ba, being a homophone of the word ba meaning soul or manifestation. Among the several words with which Khnum’s name is linked is khnm, ‘to unite’, later taking on the meaning ‘to form, create’. Khnum’s formative role with respect to living beings has special reference to his control over the Nile’s annual flood. It is Khnum who releases the vivifying floodwaters from the subterranean caverns in which they were symbolically stored; a connection is thus sometimes postulated between his name and the word khnmt, meaning a spring or well. Several times in the Coffin Texts (spells 51 and 53-6) one encounters the phrase, “Khnum is glad,” referring to the resurrection, but also punning on the name Khnum and khnm, meaning ‘to be glad’.

A hymn to Hapy, the divine personification of the Nile’s inundation, states that Khnum fashions Hapy anew each year (p. 206 in Lichtheim, vol. 1). Khnum’s role of fashioner of the bodily form was not completed once and for all before birth, but continued throughout life. Hence, in the famous ‘Famine Stela’ from Sehel Island, Khnum appears to King Djoser in a dream and states, “I am Khnum, your maker! My arms are around you, to steady your body, to safeguard your limbs,” (p. 98 in Lichtheim, vol. 3). Khnum goes on to promise Djoser that he will prosper the land of Egypt on his behalf: “I shall make Hapy gush for you, no year of lack and want anywhere, plants will grow weighed down by their fruit.” In BD spell 30B, an appeal by the deceased to his/her heart, the heart is called “the Khnum who prospers my limbs.” The heart was for Egyptians an entity as much moral as corporeal. Hence the Instruction of Amenemope (chap. 9) says of the heated or quarrelsome personality, “If only Khnum came to him, the Potter to the heated man, so as to knead the faulty heart,” (p. 154 in Lichtheim, vol. 2). Similarly, in the statue inscription of Djedkhonsefankh, Djedkhonsefankh praises Khnum for having “fashioned me as one effective, an adviser of excellent counsel. He made my character superior to others, he steered my tongue to excellence,” (p. 15 in Lichtheim, vol. 3). Nevertheless, Khnum was also responsible for simple physical beauty; in the Tale of Two Brothers, for instance, ReHarakhty asks Khnum to fashion for the man Bata a wife, of whom it is said “Khnum made a companion for him who was more beautiful in body than any woman in the whole land, for every God was in her,” (p. 207 in Lichtheim, vol. 2) such being the power of Khnum. Khnum is hymned as the cosmic creator, due in part to the identification of the Nile’s annual inundation with the Nun, the primordial watery abyss which pre-exists the cosmos.

In PT utterance 300 Khnum is said to have been the maker of a netherworld ferry-boat, strongly implying that these boats are at least in certain cases to be understood as equivalent to the bodily ‘vehicle’. In utterance 522, the bringing of the boat is juxtaposed with the healing of the Eye of Horus. The deceased appeals to the ferrymen Mahaf and Herefhaf, saying “behold, I have come and have brought to you this re-knit Eye of Horus which was in the Field of Strife; bring me this boat which Khnum built.” In the later Coffin Texts the ferry-boat spells are much elaborated. In CT spell 397 we read that the boat which Khnum put together “has been taken to pieces and placed in the dockyard,” and directions are given for its reassembly (see also BD spell 99). Khnum’s role in the afterlife literature seems aptly expressed by the appeal in utterance 324, “Hail to you, Khnum … May you refashion me.” In one case, however, his role is ambivalent. CT spell 214 seeks to “repel Khnum who brings feces in order to make what is in the two districts.” Here, the raw material of which bodies are made is conceived as dung, just as Khepri fashions new form from dung; the spell ends with another appeal to the ferryman Herefhaf.

In the ‘Great Hymn to Khnum’ from Khnum’s temple at Esna (pp. 111-115 in Lichtheim, vol. 3), Khnum’s work fashioning all the parts of the body in accord with their functions is carefully evoked. Here it is a matter of the formation, not of some individual or other, but of all the species of creatures. Next, the hymn proceeds to explain how Khnum has fashioned all the different peoples, each with their own language, as well as precious commodities for each region that they may trade. He is responsible, thus, for mineral abundance as well: “He opened seams in the bellies of mountains, he made the quarries spew out their stones,” (p. 114). Through his control over the produce which forms their offerings as well as the materials out of which their cult statues are fashioned, Khnum can be praised as having “engendered the Gods,” (ibid.). In a magical spell (no. 128 in Borghouts), Khnum is referred to as “image of an infinity of infinities [heh n hehu] … only son, the one who was conceived yesterday and who was born today … who has 77 eyes and 77 ears.” Reference is made sometimes to seven Khnums created by Khnum: “It is Khnum who made the seven Khnums, Builder of Builders who created what exists,” (Esna III, no. 378, 18); “Khnum who made the seven Khnums, who created the craftsmen, Builder of Builders,” (Esna V, no. 367, 14-15).

Khnum’s consort is Menhyt, their union producing Heka, the divine personification of magic.

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Further Info

Other Names: Chem, Kemu, Khem, Khnum

Patron of: the creation of people and animals.

Appearance: a man with the head of a ram.

Description: Khenmu formed a triad with Anuket and Satis, and was possibly a Nubian god originally. The worship of Khenmu dates to the earliest of times in Egypt, the Unas Pyramid Text indicates that his cult was already old when that ancient document was written. Called “the Great Potter,” Khenmu was the creator of people. He sculpted them out of clay from the Nile, held them up so that Ra could shine his life-giving rays upon them, and then placed them in the womb. His wife was the lioness-goddess Menhit, and their son was Hike. Originally a primal force deity of creation like Ptah, his role was later modified to fit him into the pantheon of the state religion.

Worship: Worshipped throughout Nubia and Egypt, his cult centers were Elephantine, Sunnu, Abu, and Semnut.

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Wiki Info

In Egyptian mythology, Khnum (also spelled Chnum, Knum, or Khnemu) was one of the earliest Egyptian deities, originally the god of the source of the Nile River. Since the annual flooding of the Nile brought with it silt and clay, and its water brought life to its surroundings, he was thought to be the creator of the bodies of human children, which he made at a potter’s wheel, from clay, and placed in their mothers’ wombs. He later was described as having molded the other deities, and he had the titles Divine Potter and Lord of created things from himself.

In certain locations, such as Elephantine, since Khnum was thought of as a god pouring out the Nile, he was regarded as the husband of Satis (who did much the same), and the father of Anuket, who was the personification of the Nile. In other locations, such as Her-wer (Tuna el-Gebel perhaps), as the moulder and creator of the human body, he was sometimes regarded as the consort of Heket, or of Meskhenet, whose responsibility was breathing life into children at the moment of birth, as the Ka. Alternatively, in places such as Esna, due to his aspect as creator of the body, they viewed him as the father of Heka, the personification of magic, and consequently as the husband of Menhit.

Originally one of the most important deities, when other areas arose to greater prominence, it was the secondary function, as potter, that became his whole realm of authority, and instead, the Nile was considered the god Hapy, who was the Nile god in the more powerful areas. Khnum’s name derives from this secondary association, – it means builder. However, Khnum’s earlier position as ‘moulder’ of the other deities, leads to him being identified as Ra, or more particularly as the Ba of Ra. Since Ba was also the word for a Ram, he became thought of as having a Ram’s head, but he really has a bull’s head.

In art, he was usually depicted as a ram-headed man at a potter’s wheel, with recently created children’s bodies standing on the wheel, although he also appeared in his earlier guise as a water-god, holding a jar from which flowed a stream of water. However, he occasionally appeared in a compound image, depicting the elements, in which he, representing water, was shown as one of four heads of a man, with the others being, – Geb representing earth, Shu representing the air, and Osiris representing death.

The worship of Khnum centred on two principal riverside sites, Elephantine Island and Esna, which were regarded as sacred sites. At Elephantine, he was worshipped alongside Anuket and Satis as the guardian of the source of the River Nile. His significance led to early theophoric names of him, for children, such as Khnum-khufwy – Khnum is my Protector, the full name of Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. Due to his importance, as an aspect of the life-giving Nile, and also the creator, Khnum was still worshipped in some semi-Christian sects in the second or third centuries.

Khnum has also been related to Min (god).

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Mythological Family Members & Associated Deities

SATIS (Consort)

ANUKET (Daughter)

MENHIT (Consort)

HEKA (Son)

PTAH

HAPY

AMUN

HERYSHAF

BANEBDJEDET

RA

HORUS

BATA

BATA

NUN

MAHAF

KHEPRI

HEH

HEQET

MESKHENET

GEB

OSIRIS

MIN

SHU


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