Season: 1–6, Episodes: 88, Faction: Survivors
Sun-Hwa Kwon (née Paik) (Korean name: Paik Sun-hwa; Hangul: 백선화; Hanja: 白善華), more commonly known as Sun, was married to Jin-Soo Kwon and was one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. Before the crash, Sun and Jin’s marriage suffered because Jin oppressed her and they couldn’t conceive. She strayed from and almost left her husband at one point. On the Island, the couple isolated themselves until Sun revealed she spoke English, shocking her husband. He shunned her, but they later reconciled. Despite Jin’s infertility, Sun conceived Jin’s baby on the Island, which strengthened their marriage but threatened Sun’s health. The couple managed to board an offshore freighter, but only Sun seemed to escape its explosion.
Back in civilization, Sun assumed control of her father’s company and sought revenge for Jin’s death. She flew back to the Island upon learning Jin was still alive. Their reunion was brief. She and Jin drowned together when a submarine they boarded sank.
In the flash-sideways, Sun and Jin were reunited with their daughter Ji Yeon and their friends from the Island, and they all moved on together.
3×02 – The Glass Ballerina
Sun-Hwa Paik was born in Seoul, South Korea to Mr. and Mrs. Paik on March 20 1980 (Pisces, “The Fish” a water sign). As the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, she received a luxurious and privileged upbringing.
At a young age, Sun could play the piano and was willing to protect herself no matter the cost. Sun once accidentally knocked over a glass ballerina figurine in her large manor home and fled to another room, afraid and guilty. Mr. Paik found her and asked if she was responsible. She denied and blamed the maid, fully aware this meant the maid would be fired. (“The Glass Ballerina”)
2×05 – …And Found
Sun studied Art History at Seoul National University. (“…And Found”)
Seeking a Husband
2×05 – …And Found
After graduating, Sun’s parents commissioned a matchmaker who suggested Sun meet hotel heir Jae Lee. They met and bonded, but while Sun took the relationship seriously, Jae Lee’s heart lay with an American woman.
Sun first saw Jin-Soo Kwon when he was a hotel doorman, but they met when they accidentally ran into each other along the side of a river.
1×06 – House of the Rising Sun
Their romance blossomed, albeit in private because of the class divide: Jin once waited at a party Sun attended and sent her a message using a napkin. Sun wanted to elope, but Jin refused, giving her a flower and promising it would one day be a ring. Shortly after, Jin did give her a ring – Sun’s father had given them permission to marry, so long as he first worked six months for him. (“House of the Rising Sun”)
5×16 – The Incident, Part 1
Sun and Jin married, and a stranger blessed them at their wedding. (“The Incident, Part 1”)
3×18 – D.O.C. | 3×02 – The Glass Ballerina
Shortly after their wedding, Jin’s mother blackmailed Sun for $100,000, threatening to reveal Jin was born from a prostitute.
Jin’s father confirmed the story, and Sun paid the blackmailer but threatened to have her killed if she contacted them again. Sun took this money from her father, and he held Jin liable for the debt, using him for increasingly shady work. (“D.O.C.”) (“The Glass Ballerina”)
1×06 – House of the Rising Sun
This work took its toll on their marriage. The couple first had to postpone their honeymoon – Jin again gave her a flower in its place – and a later gift of a dog made Sun recall when a flower had meant as much. The work kept Jin away from home and often interrupted meals. Jin once came home with bloodstained hands revealing his work’s nature. The two argued, and Sun slapped her husband. (“House of the Rising Sun”)
2×16 – The Whole Truth
The couple failed to conceive a child, further straining the marriage. A fertility doctor said scar tissue blocked Sun’s fallopian tubes. Jin accused Sun of knowing and withholding this information; Sun mocked the idea that she tried “to trap the son of a fisherman.” The doctor later privately told Sun that it was Jin, not she, who was infertile, but he’d feared the repercussions of questioning the manhood of one of Mr. Paik’s employees. (“The Whole Truth”)
2×16 – The Whole Truth | 3×02 – The Glass Ballerina
Sun also started an affair with Jae Lee, who’d been teaching her English so she could flee to America. Jae suggested they flee together, but Mr. Paik discovered the affair, catching the two in bed together. He ordered Jin to kill Jae to restore the family honor, but he didn’t reveal the affair – he simply said Jae was “stealing” from him. Jin beat Jae Lee but didn’t kill him. Jae committed suicide nonetheless, holding Sun’s pearl necklace as he died. (“The Whole Truth”) (“The Glass Ballerina”)
Mobisode x08 – Buried Secrets | 1×06 – House of the Rising Sun
1×23 – Exodus, Part 1
Losing all hope in reconciliation, Sun decided to go through with her plan to flee to America. A friend gave her a false identity as “Dahlia Choi” and arranged a car that would take her from Sydney Airport to her new life.
Sun went with Jin to Sydney on the way to Los Angeles for a business errand. At 11:15 though, when the time came to leave, Jin raised a white flower, the same sort he’d given when their romance was young. She then reluctantly ditched her escape attempt and joined him. Later, still recovering from her emotional choice, Sun spilled coffee on to Jin’s lap. She tried to clean up the mess as an American woman nearby mocked her subservience. The two then boarded Oceanic Flight 815. (“Buried Secrets”) (“House of the Rising Sun”) (“Exodus, Part 1”)
On the Island (Days 1-44)
1×01 – Pilot, Part 1
Upon arriving on the Island, Sun and Jin separated themselves from the others. Jin was overly protective multiple times, such as when he told Sun to button her shirt or when he refused a fellow survivor their shelter during a rainstorm. (“Pilot, Part 1”)
1×02 – Pilot, Part 2
The protectiveness continued in a softer manner when Sun became dehydrated and Jin managed to trade Sawyer a fish for two bottles of water. (“Pilot, Part 2”)
1×03 – Tabula Rasa
Later, Jin told Sun she was filthy and needed to wash up. Finding a spot in the jungle, Sun removed her shirt and cleaned up, but was interrupted by a startled Michael who apologized and left. (“Tabula Rasa”)
1×04 – Walkabout
Sun, wanting to be more active with the other survivors, slowly began to find her place with them, leaving Jin to fish. Though the language barrier existed, Michael chose Sun as Walt’s babysitter when he hunted boar. Sun then began to share her knowledge of herbs, showing Walt how to use an aloe plant like toothpaste. (“Walkabout”)
1×06 – House of the Rising Sun
Sun’s relationship with Michael suffered though when Jin violently attacked Michael for wearing Mr. Paik’s Rolex. Sun explained the issue to Michael, revealing she knew English. Jin no longer felt safe on the beach and the two moved from the beach into the caves. (“House of the Rising Sun”)
1×07 – The Moth | 1×08 – Confidence Man
At the caves, Sun continued participating more, helping dig rocks that trapped Jack and using eucalyptus to treat Shannon’s asthma. (“The Moth”) (“Confidence Man”)
1×13 – Hearts and Minds | 1×14 – Special
Jin still bossed her around, scolding her for wearing a tank top, but she began to disobey. She also began cultivating plants in the caves and creating a garden close by in the jungle. She began an awkward friendship with Kate who discovered she spoke English. Michael also continued asking her advice about Walt. (“Hearts and Minds”) (“Special”)
Mx08 – Buried Secrets
Michael later caught Sun burying her fake driver’s license, and they almost kissed. (“Buried Secrets”)
1×17 – …In Translation
Later, Jin forcibly covered Sun with a blanket when he saw her in a bikini and when Michael rushed to her aid she slapped him, fearing what Jin might do. She later apologized, and she confided her worries with Kate that night. The survivors then found someone had set fire to the raft, and Jin told Sun he’d burned his hands trying to extinguish the flames. The other survivors saw the burns and attacked him as the culprit, so Sun explained his innocence – in English.
Furious, Jin went to the caves to pack his bags. Sun followed and tearfully asked if they could start over. He ignored her pleas and left her. Later, Sun had a moment in her bikini on the beach. (“…In Translation”)
1×19 – Deus Ex Machina
Sun continued helping the camp, offering Sawyer medicine for his headaches. (“Deus Ex Machina”)
1×20 – Do No Harm
She assisted Jack with Boone’s surgery, even providing sea urchin spines as needles for a blood transfusion. She translated awkwardly when Jin tried to fetch Jack for Aaron’s birth and convinced Jack to stop giving Boone his blood. (“Do No Harm”)
1×21 – The Greater Good
Afterward, she convinced Jack he needed rest and helped Claire care for her newborn. (“The Greater Good”)
1×22 – Born to Run
As the raft’s departure approached, Sun worried for Jin’s safety and poisoned his water to keep him on the island. Her attempt failed. (“Born to Run”)
1×23 – Exodus, Part 1
Before Jin left, she made him a book of English phrases, and they tearfully reconciled. Sun also shared an awkward hug with Michael before he left. As the raft set sail, Sun cried on the beach.
1×24 – Exodus, Part 2
Soon after though, Rousseau arrived and attacked Claire, and Sun rushed to the screaming Claire. Sun tended to the injured mother and helped lead the Losties to the caves for protection against the mysterious “Others.” (“Exodus, Part 1”) (“Exodus, Part 2”)
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(Satet) Satis is depicted typically as a woman wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt to which are attached antelope horns and a uraeus. Her principal functions, deriving from the location of her cult center at Elephantine, pertain on the one hand to the protection of Egypt’s southern border, which has naturally a spiritual as well as a political significance inasmuch as Egypt is a spiritual as well as a political territory, and on the other to the Nile’s annual inundation, which was, at least from a religious perspective, thought of as originating from subterranean caverns in the vicinity of Elephantine Island. A reference to these caverns is likely to be seen in PT utterance 508, in which the king, ascending to the sky, affirms that “Satis has cleansed me with her four jars from Elephantine,” a reference perhaps to the caverns from which the inundation is released. Satis has Khnum and Montu for consorts, and is frequently paired with Anukis, who is perhaps to be regarded as her daughter, although their relationship cannot be definitively determined from the surviving evidence. Satis and Anukis are sometimes conceived as dividing the function of superintending the Nile’s inundation, with Satis being responsible for the river’s rise and Anukis for its withdrawal. Satis is also strongly associated with the star Sirius – Sothis in Egyptian – the heliacal rising of which was regarded by the Egyptians as heralding the coming of the inundation and thus marks the beginning of the Egyptian calendar. Satis and Anukis also have a general protective function with respect to Osiris at his ‘tomb’ at Biga.
In PT utterance 439 the deceased king identifies himself with Satis, saying “I am Satis who takes possession of the Two Lands, the Burning One who receives her two shores,” linking Satis thus to Sirius, the brightest ‘burning’ star in the sky, while the two shores are ‘received’ in the inundation which claims them. The king, as Satis, goes on to affirm that “I have gone up to the sky and found Re standing that I might meet him; I will seat myself beside him,” referring possibly to the heliacal rising of Sirius, in which the star appears on the horizon just before the sun (Re). The rather fragmentary CT spell 937 states at one point, “Satis opens to me the cleared paths, and my glance falls on all of them, the evil ones who are in their caverns.” Here Satis blazes a trail for the deceased in the netherworld, shining light upon its hidden menaces. There is perhaps some implied reference again to the heliacal rising of Sirius, which ‘opens’ the year. The protection of Satis is characteristically localized to the symbolic southern frontier, as in CT spell 313, where among a series of protective incantations delivered on behalf of the deceased by Thoth is the charge that “Those who shall come against you [the deceased] from the South shall be driven off by Satis, Lady of Elephantine, who will shoot at them with her arrows, which are painful and sharp against them.”
Other Names: Sates, Satjit, Sati
Patron of: the borders of Egypt
Worship: Worshipped throughout Nubia and Egypt, her cult center was at Elephantine.
Patron of: the inundation of the Nile
Appearance: a woman wearing a star on her head and carrying water jars.
Description: Satet was believed to pour out the water into the Nile that caused the inundation each year. She was associated with the star Sirius A (the “Dog Star”), because the inundation coincided each year with the rising of that star. The inundation itself was known as the Night of the Teardrop. Every year, Isis would shed a single tear, which would be caught by Satet in her jars, then poured into the Nile.
Worship: Cult center at Elephantine.
In Egyptian mythology, Satis (also spelt Satjit, Sates, Satet, and Sati) was the deification of the floods of the Nile River, and her cult originated in the ancient city of Swenet, now called Aswan on the southern edge of Egypt. Her name means “she who shoots forth” referring to the annual flooding of the river. She was an early war, hunting, and fertility deity who was seen as the mother of the Nile River, Anuket, and a protector of southern Egypt.
One of her titles was She Who Runs Like an Arrow, which is thought to refer to the river current, and her symbols became the arrow and the running river. Satis was pictured as a woman wearing the conical crown of Upper Egypt, the Hedjet, with gazelle or antelope horns, or as an antelope, a fast moving creature living near the banks of the river in the southern portion of Ancient Egypt. She also was depicted with a bow and arrows.
Other interpretations say her primary role was that of the war goddess, a guardian of Egypt’s southern (Nubian) frontier and killing the enemies of the Pharaoh with her arrows.
She usually is depicted as holding an ankh also, due to her association with the life giving flooding of the Nile. Consequently, it is true that Satis acted as a fertility goddess, thus granting the wishes of those who sought love. Satis is also described as offering jars of purifying water.
Later she became regarded as one of the consorts of Khnum, the god identified as the guardian of the source of the Nile, with whom she was worshipped at Elephantine (the First nome of Egypt), indeed the centre of her cult was nearby, at Sahal, another island of the Nile. Since she was most dominant at the southern end of Egypt, she became regarded as the guard of Egypt’s southern border with Nubia.
Satis’s child was Anuket, goddess of the Nile River herself, who formed the third part of the Elephantine triad of deities when formed.
After Khnum became considered a form of Ra, Satis became known as the Eye of Ra. This eye had begun as the wedjat, advanced to being called the Eye of Horus, and finally being called the Eye of Ra as the importance of the cults changed the nature of the pantheon during the long history of Ancient Egypt.