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Emily Linus was the wife of Roger and the mother of Ben.
3×20 – The Man Behind the Curtain
While in her seventh month of pregnancy with Ben, she and her husband were hiking through a forest outside of Portland when she went into premature labor.
Roger delivered the child in the woods, but Emily suffered complications. Roger helped Emily and the baby to the side of a highway and flagged down Horace and Olivia Goodspeed for assistance. Before the Goodspeeds could drive the Linus family to the hospital, Emily died. Her dying words were a request that Roger name their son Benjamin.
As a child, Ben saw apparitions of Emily on the Island, while he was holding his pet rabbit. His first vision of her was a startling appearance outside his bedroom window at the Barracks.
Later, at the perimeter between the barracks and the jungle, Ben saw Emily again and ran toward her. She called to him to stop, as she did not want him to cross the sonar fence.
During their time on the Island, Roger forgot Ben’s birthday multiple times, saying that it was also the anniversary of when Ben killed his mother. Roger complained that he was unhappy that Emily was no longer around and that he was stuck on the Island with Ben. Years later, just before Ben killed Roger in the DHARMA van, he told his father that he had missed his mother too, but that the difference for him was that he also had to put up with his father for all of those years. (“The Man Behind the Curtain”)
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Gaia (“land” or “earth”) is the primal Greek goddess personifying the Earth, the Greek version of “Mother Nature” or the Earth Mother, of which the earliest reference to the term is the Mycenaean Greek ma-ka (transliterated as ma-ga), “Mother Gaia”, written in Linear B syllabic script.
Gaia is a primordial deity in the Ancient Greek pantheon and considered a Mother Titan or Great Titan.
Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was Terra Mater or Tellus. Romans, unlike Greeks, did not consistently distinguish an Earth Titan (Tellus) from a grain goddess Ceres.
In Greek mythology
Hesiod’s Theogony (116ff) tells how, after Chaos, arose broad-breasted Gaia the everlasting foundation of the gods of Olympus. She brought forth Uranus, the starry sky, her equal, to cover her, the hills (Ourea), and the fruitless deep of the Sea, Pontus, “without sweet union of love,” out of her own self through parthenogenesis. But afterwards, as Hesiod tells it, she is a great god of nature she lay with her son, Uranus, and bore the world-ocean god Oceanus, Coeus and Crius and the Titans Hyperion and Iapetus, Theia and Rhea, Themis, Mnemosyne, and Phoebe of the golden crown, and lovely Tethys. After them was born Cronus the wily, youngest and most terrible of her children, and he hated his lusty sire.
Hesiod mentions Gaia’s further offspring conceived with Uranus: first the giant one-eyed Cyclopes: Brontes (“thunderer”), Steropes (“lightning”) and the “bright” Arges: “Strength and might and craft were in their works.” Then he adds the three terrible hundred-handed sons of Earth and Heaven, the Hecatonchires: Cottus, Briareos and Gyges, each with fifty heads.
Uranus hid the Hecatonchires and the Cyclopes in Tartarus so that they would not see the light, rejoicing in this evil doing. This caused pain to Gaia (Tartarus was her bowels) so she created grey flint (or adamantine) and shaped a great flint sickle, gathering together Cronus and his brothers to ask them to obey her. Only Cronus, the youngest, had the daring to take the flint sickle she made, and castrate his father as he approached Gaia to have intercourse with her. And from the drops of blood and semen, Gaia brought forth still more progeny, the strong Erinyes and the armoured Gigantes and the ash-tree Nymphs called the Meliae.
From the testicles of Uranus in the sea came forth Aphrodite. After Uranus’s castration, Gaia, by Tartarus, gave birth to Echidna (by some accounts) and Typhon. By her son Pontus (god of the sea), Gaia birthed the sea-deities Nereus, Thaumas, Phorcys, Ceto, and Eurybia. Aergia, a goddess of sloth and laziness, is the daughter of Aether and Gaia.
Gaia also made Aristaeus immortal.
Gaia is believed by some sources to be the original deity behind the Oracle at Delphi. She passed her powers on to, depending on the source, Poseidon, Apollo or Themis. Apollo is the best-known as the oracle power behind Delphi, long established by the time of Homer, having killed Gaia’s child Python there and usurped the chthonic power. Hera punished Apollo for this by sending him to King Admetus as a shepherd for nine years.