Season: 4, Episodes: 1, Faction: N/A
Ms. Karen Decker is a public relations representative of Oceanic Airlines.
On the mainland
On the trip to the military facility just west of Honolulu, Karen sat in the cockpit along with the pilot and co-pilot.
Upon nearing the landing, she walked back to see six Oceanic Flight 815 escapees of the Island in the cargo hold, telling them that their families were waiting, and that they didn’t have to answer any press questions. Jack, however, responded that they would answer questions.
After making sure everyone agreed with this decision, Karen revealed to them that the press had branded them as the “Oceanic Six”, which she opined was not necessarily the best name, but that it was “catchy.”
At the following press conference, Karen revealed to the public the story of the Oceanic Six (which was fabricated by an unknown source), of how they crashed, how Kate gave birth, and their eventual salvation. She then denied a reporter’s question about Kate’s fugitive status.
After the press conference, Karen pointed Sayid towards Nadia, who was waiting for him. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
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Shares a last name with Starfleet Captain Decker from Star Trek: the Motion Picture. Incidentally, Michelle Forbes played Starfleet Lt. Ro Laren on “Star Trek: the Next Generation.”
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(Sopdet) Sothis is the way the Greeks wrote the name of the Goddess whose name appears in hieroglyphic Egyptian as ‘Sopdet’. Sothis is the deity immanent in the star Sirius, which in addition to being the brightest star in the sky, also played a key role in the Egyptian calendar. The Egyptian new year was fixed to the heliacal rising of Sirius, that is, the first day on which Sirius is visible before dawn after a period of invisibility which, in the case of Sirius, is about seventy days. The heliacal rising of Sirius varies depending upon the observer’s latitude; at Egypt’s latitude, this event would have occurred in late July. The heliacal rising of Sirius was particularly significant for Egyptians because it marked the beginning of the period within which the Nile’s annual inundation could be expected, and all Egyptian agriculture depended upon the Nile’s inundation. Sothis is depicted as a woman wearing a crown like the White Crown of Upper Egypt, but with antelope horns at the sides, like the crown worn by Satis, with the addition of a five-pointed star at the top. Sothis has for consort Sah, the deity immanent in the constellation of Orion, and is the mother of Soped. Both Sirius and Orion undergo a period of invisibility during which they are in the netherworld, but they emerge again, and thus are symbols of resurrection.
PT utterance 216 says that Orion (Sah) and Sothis are “swallowed up by the Netherworld, pure and living in the horizon,” i.e., they depart alive; so too the deceased king says “I am swallowed up by the Netherworld, pure and living in the horizon. It is well with me and with them, it is pleasant for me and for them, within the arms of my father, within the arms of Atum.” In the Pyramid Texts, the relationship between the deceased king and Sothis is either that of son or of consort, in which latter case the Morning Star is said to be their offspring. This union is frequently identified with that of Isis and Osiris, as in PT utterance 366: “Your sister Isis comes to you [the deceased] rejoicing for love of you. You have placed her on your phallus and your seed issues into her, she being ready [seped] as Sothis [Sopdet], and Horus-Soped has come forth from you as Horus who is in Sothis.” In PT utterance 477 Sothis is called the beloved daughter of Osiris “who prepares yearly sustenance for you [Osiris; not here identified with the deceased king] in this her name of ‘Year’ and who guides me [the deceased king] when I come to you.” In PT utterance 509, the deceased king affirms that “I ascend to the sky among the Imperishable Stars [i.e., the northern circumpolar stars], my sister is Sothis, my guide is the Morning Star, and they grasp my hand at the Field of Offerings,” a location in the northeastern sky. In CT spell 467 (cp. BD spell 110), for becoming lord of the Field of Offerings, and which details a number of sites within this place, it is said of the “Town of the Great Lady” that “Sothis speaks to me [the deceased] in her good time,” perhaps the heliacal rising of Sirius. PT utterance 569 indicates that the heliacal rising of Sirius could be seen as the “birth” of Sothis. PT utterance 609 says of the deceased king, “Your sister is Sothis, your offspring is the Morning Star, and you shall sit between them on the great throne which is in the presence of the Two Enneads [a general term conveying the sense of ‘all the Gods’],” while it is said in PT utterance 691A of Re that “his brother is Orion [Sah], his sister is Sothis, and he sits between them in this land forever.” CT spell 6, which speaks of the resurrection of the deceased at the new moon festival, it said of the deceased that “You suck at your mother Sothis as your nurse who is in the horizon, while CT spells 36 and 37 affirm that the deceased has been “ennobled in the House of Sothis.” CT spell 44 invokes Sah, Sothis, and the Morning Star to encircle the deceased, saying “may they set you within the arms of your mother Nut, may they save you from the rage of the dead who go head-downwards,” an idiom in Egyptian afterlife literature for those lacking awareness in the netherworld, “for you are not among them and you shall not be among them, you shall not go down to the butchery of the first of the decade,” referring to the ‘death’ suffered by decanal stars when they disappear for seventy days, as is explained in a text from Papyrus Carlsberg I, where it is said of these stars that “one dies and another lives every ten days,” in a cycle of death and rebirth which is “the life of [these] stars,” (Neugebauer and Parker, vol. I, 68). This death of stars each decan might trigger the ‘second death’ of souls who have not the means of fixing their state. The stars themselves suffer no ill fate for undergoing this cycle, however, as is clear from the deceased’s affirmation in BD spell 149 that “I have eaten of the foods of the field of offerings, being gone down to the meadow of the stars that set.” The role of certain stars, such as Sirius, the stars in Orion, and the Morning Star, was apparently to assist in the transition to a state of permanence. CT spell 469 and its much abbreviated version, CT spell 470, serve to equip the operator to be among the spirits “belonging to … He of the Dawn,” who is “ever between the two great Gods when they are in the sky, one of them in the west of the sky and one of them in the east of the sky.”
The reason that Sopdet, or Sothis, is better known to us is that Sirius was, for the ancient Egyptians, a very important star that signaled after having been hidden from view for seventy days, in its appearance on the eastern horizon at dawn during July (Heliacal rising), the coming annual inundation of the Nile River which marked the beginning of the agricultural year. Hence, the goddess was called the “bringer of the New Year and the Nile flood”. It was for this reason that she was associated with Sah, and thus Osiris, who symbolized this annual resurgence of the Nile. In fact, Pyramid Text 965 describes Sopdet as the daughter of Osiris. Therefore, Sopdet became associated with the prosperity resulting from the fertile silt left by the receding waters. In the pyramid text, Sopdet is described as having united with the king/Osiris to give birth to the morning star, Venus, and through her association with that netherworld god, she was naturally identified with Isis, who she was eventually synchronized with as Isis-Sothis. In the Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys, from a fourth century BC papyrus, Isis asserts that she is Sothis, who will unswervingly follow Osiris in his manifestation as Orion in heaven. Though at first an important deity of the inundation and as an afterlife guide to the deceased king through the Field of Rushes, by the Middle Kingdom she was identified as a “mother” and “nurse”.
The earliest known depictions of Sothis, known from a 1st Dynasty ivory tablet belonging to Djer and unearthed at Abydos, represent the goddess as a reclining cow with a plant-like emblem (perhaps representing the “year”) between her horns. She is almost always shown as a woman wearing a tall crown similar to the White Crown of Upper Egypt but with tall, upswept horns at the sides and surmounted by a star with five points. In this iconography, she had few variations, and is usually represented as simply standing with arms at her sides or with one arm folded across her lower breast. However, occasionally the goddess could also be depicted as a large dog. In her syncretistic role as Isis-Sothis, she is also shown riding side-saddle on this symbolic animal on some of the coins minted at Alexandria during Roman times.
The star Sirius may have been worshipped as a cow-goddess in the Predynastic Period before its eventual identification with Isis and Sopdet. Sopdet was clearly an important god in her own right at first, but her growing identification with Isis eventually meant that her individual identity was decreased during later times. By the Graeco-Roman Period, her assimilation with Isis was almost complete. Though we know nothing of any specific cult that worshipped specifically Sopdet, during the excavation for the Cairo Metro (subway), a temple was unearthed that was apparently dedicated to Isis-Sothis.
In Egyptian mythology, Sopdet was the deification of Sothis, a star considered by almost all egyptologists to be Sirius. The name Sopdet means (she who is) sharp in Egyptian, a reference to the brightness of Sirius, which is the brightest star in the night sky. In art she is depicted as a woman with a five-pointed star upon her head.
Just after Sirius appears in the July sky, the Nile River begins its annual flood, and so the ancient Egyptians connected the two. Consequently Sopdet was identified as a goddess of the fertility of the soil, which was brought to it by the Nile’s flooding. This significance led the Egyptians to base their calendar on the heliacal rising of Sirius.
Sopdet is the consort of Sah, the constellation of Orion, by which Sirius appears, and the planet Venus was sometimes considered their child. The noticeably human figure of Orion was eventually identified as a form of Horus, the sky-god, and thus, together with her being a fertility deity, this led to her being identified as a manifestation of Isis.
After Sirius’ appearance, the scorching heat of summer arrives, an aspect that was referred to as Sopdu, meaning (one who is) with Sopd, Sopd being simply the masculine form, and stem, of Sopdet. Since the heat arrived after Sirius’ appearance, it was said that Sopdet had given birth to it, thus Sopdu was seen as being a child of Sopdet, and thus also of Sah.