Season: 4, Episodes: 1, Faction: N/A
Ishmael Bakir (Arabic:إشماعيل باكر) apparently worked for Charles Widmore, but it is unknown in what capacity.
4×09 – The Shape of Things to Come
Bakir was first seen in Iraq as Ben surveyed Nadia’s funeral with a camera. Bakir watched the proceedings with seeming disinterest, drinking coffee as the procession walked by. Upon Ben’s discovery by Sayid, Ben shows him a picture of Bakir in a car at a streetlight, allegedly speeding away from the place where Nadia was killed. Ben convinced Sayid that Bakir worked for Charles Widmore and that he had been responsible for Nadia’s death.
Ben later spied on Bakir from a cafe, while Bakir was reading a newspaper. Bakir suddenly left, and Ben followed closely behind, eventually losing Bakir to the crowd of people.
However, Bakir had doubled back, and held Ben at gunpoint, forcing him into a dark alley, where he began to question Ben. Ben instructed Bakir to give a message to Widmore.
Suddenly, Sayid appeared and shot Bakir multiple times until the ammunition ran out of his gun. After Bakir fell to the ground, Sayid then stated that he wished to work for Ben. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)
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(Sha) A God of the western desert region, including its fertile oases and their produce, especially wine, Ash is depicted with the head of the same animal as the God Seth, or with a falcon head, sometimes wearing an ostrich plume on his head. A late depiction of him, however, depicts Ash with the heads of a lion, a vulture, and a snake who wears the crown of Upper Egypt, and is captioned “Ash of the many faces” (A. Shorter, JEA 11 (1925) pp. 78-9). His early cult center was Nubet or Ombos, which also belonged to Seth, and Ash may lay behind certain references to Seth where he is simply called ‘the Ombite’. The name of Ash is often rendered ‘Sha’ by metathesis. The Seth-animal itself is called the sha; P. E. Newberry has argued that this animal was a type of wild pig (JEA 14 (1928) pp. 211-225). CT spell 107, “Recitation for going out into the day,” states on behalf of the deceased that “Sha guards me in company with the Lords of Upper Egypt.” In BD spell 95, for “being beside Thoth,” the operator states that “Ash cools off opponents for me,” in which it seems that Ash is to share in the characteristic function of Thoth of calming wrathful deities, perhaps because of Ash’s association with wine.
Other Names: Ash
Patron of: the desert
Appearance: A man with the head of a hawk
Description: As was the “Lord of Libya” and the god of the Sahara Desert. Although sometimes depicted as a companion of Set (who had the duties of the god of desert storms), As was a benign god who caused the oases to be made. He also looked after those who had to travel through the desert, ensuring that they did not die of its cruel heat.
Ash was the ancient Egyptian god of oases, as well as the Vineyards of the western Nile Delta and thus was viewed as a benign deity. Flinders-Petrie in his 1923 expedition to the Saqqara (also spelt Sakkara) found several references to Ash in Old Kingdom wine jar seals: I am refreshed by this Ash was a common inscription.
In particular, he was identified by the Ancient Egyptians as the god of the Libu and Tinhu tribes, known as the people of the oasis. Consequently Ash was known as the lord of Libya, the western border areas occupied by the Libu and Tinhu tribes, corresponds roughly with the area of modern Libya. It is also possible that he was worshiped in Ombos, as their original chief deity.
In Egyptian Mythology, as god of the oases, Ash was associated with Set, who was originally god of the desert, and was seen as protector of the Sahara. The first known recorded mention of Ash dates to the Protodynastic Period, but by the late 2nd Dynasty, his importance grew, and he was seen as protector of the royal estates, since the related god Set, in Lower Egypt, was regarded as the patron deity of royalty itself. Ash’s importance was such that he was mentioned even until the 26th Dynasty.
Ash was usually depicted as a human, whose head was one of the desert creatures, variously being shown as a lion, vulture, hawk, snake, or the unidentified Set-animals. Indeed, depictions of Ash are the earliest known depictions, in ancient Egyptian art, to show a deity as a human with the head of an animal. On occasion, Ash and Set were depicted similarly, as the currently unidentified Set-Animal.
Some depictions of Ash show him as having multiple heads, unlike other Egyptian deities, although some compound depictions were occasionally shown connecting gods to Min. In an article in the journal Ancient Egypt (in 1923), and again in an appendix to her book, The Splendor that was Egypt, Margaret Murray expands on such depictions, and draws a parallel to a Scythian deity, who is referenced in Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia universalis.
The idea of Ash as an import God is contested, as he was the God of Ombos far before Set’s introduction sometime in Dynasty II. One of his titles is “Nebuty” or “He of Nebut” indicating this position.