Season: 3 & 6, Episodes: 3, Faction: The Others
Aldo was an Other who worked on the Hydra Island as a guard of the Hydra station, until he travelled to the Temple shortly before the arrival of the Kahana. He was soon forced to assist Kate in finding Sawyer, both of whom were responsible for assaulting him years before. However, when he attempted to murder Jin, Aldo was shot and killed by Claire.
3×07 – Not in Portland
Aldo was apparently quite familiar with Alex and the other Others, and stated that her father would kill him if he found out she was there. Also, he inadvertently revealed to Sawyer and Kate that Ben is Alex’s father.
Aldo was sitting at the Hydra station, reading “A Brief History of Time”and making notes, when Alex approached him with Sawyer and Kate, who were seemingly tied up in a scheme inspired by Star Wars. Alex told him that she caught them in the woods, and that Ben had told her to bring them there. Aldo was suspicious, but radioed Pickett and asked to talk to Ben for confirmation. Sawyer then tackled him, and Kate took his rifle. Kate threatened to shoot him in the knee if he didn’t tell them where Karl was. He told them he was in Room 23. She took his keys and smacked him in the face with the rifle butt. He was knocked unconscious, and the three ventured inside the building to rescue Karl.
He was later seen with Pickett, who proceeded to violently wake him. Pickett asked him where Kate, Sawyer, Alex and Karl escaped to, to which Aldo was unable to provide an answer. Pickett left him, Ivan, and Jason at the station when he ran off into the jungle. (“Not in Portland”)
6×03 – What Kate Does
Three years later, in 2007, Aldo was living at the Temple when he was sent out along with Justin to follow Kate and Jin, who agreed to find Sawyer and bring him back to the Temple.
While on the trek through the jungle, he harassed Kate, angry about how she had knocked him out back in 2004 on Hydra Island. Kate asked Justin and Aldo why they wanted to keep them (i.e., her, Jin, Hurley, Sayid, Miles and Jack) at the Temple. Aldo stated they were trying to protect them. When Kate asked, “From what?”, Aldo replied, “You have been on the Island for a while. Ever seen the billow of black smoke that goes tchka tchka and looks pissed off?” While he spoke, Kate was able to overcome him, knocking him out once again.
Later, while Jin was drinking water from a stream, Aldo and Justin ambushed him. Just as they were about to shoot him, Claire suddenly intervened, and shot them both, killing Aldo. (“What Kate Does”)
6×05 – Lighthouse
After, Claire took Justin to her hut, and left the corpse of Aldo in the jungle. (“Lighthouse”)
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Aldo was seen reading and writing notes in the book A Brief History of Time. The book was written by Stephen Hawking in 1988.
A Brief History of Time attempts to explain a range of subjects in cosmology, including the Big Bang, black holes and light cones, to the nonspecialist reader. Its main goal is to give an overview of the subject but, unusual for a popular science book, it also attempts to explain some complex mathematics.
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Heh, whose name denotes an incalculable number, personifies unlimitedness, especially in the sense of unlimited time as reckoned by heavenly cycles. Along with his consort Hauhet, he is one of the Gods of the Hermopolitan Ogdoad, whose name Hehu, ‘Infinites’ (often translated ‘Chaos-Gods’), is the plural form of the same word. Because unlimited time is regarded as a boon, however, Heh does not share in the ambivalence which generally attaches to the Hehu as a group. Heh is depicted anthropomorphically, usually kneeling atop a collar of beads which is the sign for gold, regarded as an incorruptible metal, and grasping in each hand a notched palm-branch representing the marking off of time, and sometimes with a palm branch on his head. The palm branches may be augmented with the shen sign, a loop of rope signifying eternity in the sense of a closed (encircled) totality, which is also familiar as that within which the names of kings are written, in which case it is commonly known as a ‘cartouche’, and ankhs, the signs for life, may hang from his arms or hands.
In late period temple inscriptions, the symbol of Heh is shown being offered by kings to Gods or Goddesses in a manner similar to the offering of Ma’et (J. F. Borghouts, “Heh, Darreichen des,” in Helck and Otto). Typical recipients of the symbol are Shu, as bearer of the heavens, or Hathor, as embodying the heavens. The symbol of Heh received by the God is described as their own image; that is, the king, granted an infinite reign, would offer to the Gods in return an image of themselves, upholding the cosmic order just as they do. The Heh symbol thus becomes a medium for identification between the king and the Gods. In earlier scenes of investiture, the king receives the Heh symbol as an expression of the eternity which is manifest in a king’s perfect fulfillment of his role in relation to the state, the world and the Gods. Often the Heh symbol is conceived metaphorically as air or the breath of life, and as a bouquet of eternal fragrance, an apt symbol for the permanence which is obtained for even that most fleeting of beings through its participation in perfection.
In CT spell 335, the affirmation “I am that great Phoenix which is in Iunu [Heliopolis], the supervisor of what exists,” has appended to it an ancient commentary which says, “As for what exists, it is eternity [neheh] and everlastingness [djet]. As for eternity, it is day; as for everlastingness, it is night.” This implies that neheh and djet are not synonyms, but are, taken together, inclusive of the whole of being. The manner in which to differentiate them is subject to dispute. Jan Assmann (2002, 18-19) has interpreted neheh as the cyclical time generated by the movement of the heavenly bodies, and therefore an eternity of motion and of ceaseless coming-to-be and transformation, whereas djet is the eternity of immutability and permanence, the eternity of that which is perfect and for which time has, as it were, either stopped or never begun.
The Egyptians believed that before the world was formed, there was a watery mass of dark, directionless chaos. In this chaos lived the Ogdoad of Khmunu (Hermopolis), four frog gods and four snake goddesses of chaos. These deities were Nun and Naunet (water), Amun and Amaunet (invisibility), Heh and Hauhet (infinity) and Kek and Kauket (darkness). The water stretched infinitely off in all directions, as ever lasting as time itself. Heh and Hauhet came to symbolise infinity. After the Egyptians believed that time began, Heh and Hauhet came to symbolise limitless time, and long life.
The frog or human headed god Heh (Huh) was one of the original eight gods of the Ogdoad of Khmunu (Hermopolis). He was the god of infinity and time, the god of long life and eternity. In his hand he is shown holding one or two palm fronds of ‘A Million Years’ in his hands, the Egyptian sign of long life. Sometimes he was shown wearing a palm frond on his head, as a headdress.
As a god of infinity, his name was linked to numbers. His determinative – an image of Heh with his arms raised – was used for ‘one million’. It seems that ‘million’ was a number for eternity – the ‘Barque of a Million Years’ was the name of the boat that the sun god Ra travelled in during the day, which the Egyptians believed would happen until the end of time, when chaos took over the land once more.
This centerpiece of a princess’ necklace is composed around the throne name of King Senusret II. It was found among the jewelry of Princess Sithathoryunet (sit-hathor-you-net) in a special niche of her underground tomb beside the pyramid of Senusret II at Lahun. Hieroglyphic signs… might be read as a text saying, “The god of the rising sun grants life and dominion over all that the sun encircles for one million one hundred thousand years [i.e., eternity] to King Khakheperre [Senwosret II].”
… The cartouche rests on the bent tops of palm fronds (signs for “year”) that are held by a kneeling Heh, god of eternity and sign for “one million.” A tadpole (sign for “one hundred thousand”) dangles from the god’s right elbow.
— Pectoral of Princess Sithathoryunet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
As well as being a god of time and infinity, he was also an air god. Identified with Shu, Heh was a god of the wind who was linked to the four pillars that held up the sky. Like Shu, he was sometimes shown with his arms raised to help hold up the sky.
O you eight chaos gods, keepers of the chambers of the sky, whom Shu made from the efflux of his limbs, who bound together the ladder of Atum…The bnbn [phoenix] of Ra was that from which Atum came to be as Heh… I am the one who begot the chaos gods again, as Heh, Nun, Amun, Kek. I am Shu who begot the gods.
Heh was also eight different gods – like Hathor and the seven Hathors – who were believed to support the great celestial cow in the heavens. He, like Nun, was also believed to hold up the solar barque of Ra, and to life it up into the sky at the end of its voyage through the land of the dead.
Some believe that Heh was a representation of fire at one point, though it seemed that he was regarded as representing different things over time. While being a god of fire, he was shown as a snake headed god. Hauhet, as a goddess personifying fire, was shown with the head of a cat.
In Egyptian mythology, Huh (also Heh, Hah, Hauh, Huah, Hahuh) was the deification of eternity in the Ogdoad, his name itself meaning endlessness. As a concept, he was androgynous, his female form being known as Hauhet, which is simply the feminine form of his name.
Like the other concepts in the Ogdoad, his male form was often depicted as a frog, or a frog-headed human, and his female form as a snake or snake-headed human. The other common representation depicts him crouching, holding a palm stem in each hand (or just one), sometimes with a palm stem in his hair, as palm stems represented long life to the Egyptians, the years being represented by notches on it. Depictions of this form also had a shen ring at the base of each palm stem, which represented infinity. Depictions of Huh were also used in hieroglyphs to represent one million, which was essentially considered equivalent to infinity in Egyptian mathematics. Thus this deity is also known as the ‘god of millions of years’.