Season: 5, Episodes: 4, Faction: DHARMA Initiative
Rosie was a DHARMA Initiative nurse who worked in the Looking Glass Station on the Island in the late 1970’s. She was Jerry’s girlfriend and appeared to be friends with Casey as they always appeared together.
5×08 – LaFleur
Rosie came to Phil and Jerry to bring them some brownies and was dancing with Jerry until Phil burst into their station complaining that Jerry should be watching the monitors. While the two men bickered, Rosie noticed Horace walking around the sonar fence with some dynamite. (“LaFleur”)
5×10 – He’s Our You
She was seen in the cafeteria during breakfast when Jack, Kate and Hurley were discussing Sayid.
She was later present at “the vote” with Casey to determine if Sayid should be executed. Rosie voted in favor of the execution.
That night a burning DHARMA van crashed into building 15, one of the houses at the Barracks. (“He’s Our You”)
5×11 – Whatever Happened, Happened
Rosie was standing with other DHARMA Initiative members at the house after it had been put out. (“Whatever Happened, Happened”)
5×15 – Follow the Leader
Associated DHARMA Stations
Decoded Family Members & Lovers
Decoded Season 1 & 2 Characters
Decoded Season 3 & 4 Characters
Decoded Season 5 Characters
Key Episode(s) to Decoding the Character
Geronimo Jackson is a 1970s band. Little is known about the group, but references to the band have been made on Lost starting in Season 2. The only named member of the band, Keith Strutter, as well as several other band members, have “kind of gone missing” according to Damon Lindelof.
Occurrences in LOST
2×11 – The Hunting Party
Charlie and Hurley found the Geronimo Jackson album Magna Carta in the Swan’s collection of LPs. Charlie, a self-proclaimed “expert in all things musical”, said that he had never heard of them. (Neither had Sayid.) (“The Hunting Party”)
2×16 – The Whole Truth
Locke later came across the Magna Carta record while flipping through various albums at the Swan station. (“The Whole Truth”)
3×03 – Further Instructions
Undercover police officer Eddie wore a T-shirt with the Magna Carta album cover picture silkscreened on the front. He claimed it to be one of his “dad’s old shirts”. Commune leader Mike remarked that Eddie’s dad had “excellent taste” in music. (“Further Instructions”)
4×11 – Cabin Fever
A Geronimo Jackson poster adorned the inside door of the locker that 16-year old John Locke was locked in. (“Cabin Fever”)
A Geronimo Jackson vinyl cover is seen next to a DJ at Hurley’s surprise birthday party. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
Charlotte said, ‘Turn it up! I love Geronimo Jackson!’ to the group during a flash. (“This Place Is Death”)
Jin was listening to “Dharma Lady” by Geronimo Jackson in his DHARMA van right before he ran into Jack, Kate, and Hurley who had just crashed from Flight 316. (“316”)
5×08 – LaFleur
Rosie is seen wearing a Geronimo Jackson shirt when dancing with Jerry. (“LaFleur”)
5×09 – Namaste
“Dharma Lady” by Geronimo Jackson was playing in the background immediately after the new 1977 DHARMA recruits had their photograph taken. (“Namaste”)
5×10 – He’s Our You
A Geronimo Jackson promotional concert poster can be seen on the wall of the DHARMA Initiative cafeteria. (“He’s Our You”)
Geronimo Jackson Poster (Number’s Reference)
The poster featured characters of Alice in Wonderland (including Alice, the Caterpillar, the Chesire Cat, The Mad Hatter, and the White Rabbit), and advertised an 15th August (8) 1969 concert, at 23:00 hours. The Mad Hatter’s hat was drawn in red, white, and blue stars and stripes. The ABC store description of Geronimo Jackson products featuring this artwork says that it was created in 1969 for Geronimo Jackson’s European tour, and that it “contains a number of hidden references, including a certain sequence of numbers that may or may not hold significant importance within the show.”
Associated LOST Themes
In Greek mythology, Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, who presided over grains, the fertility of the earth, and the seasons (personified by the Hours). Her common surnames are Sito (σίτος: wheat) as the giver of food or corn/grain and Thesmophoros (θεσμός, thesmos: divine order, unwritten law) as a mark of the civilized existence of agricultural society. Though Demeter is often described simply as the goddess of the harvest, she presided also over the sanctity of marriage, the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that predated the Olympian pantheon. In the Linear B Mycenean Greek tablets of circa 1400-1200 BC found at Pylos, the “two mistresses and the king” are identified with Demeter, Persephone and Poseidon. Her Roman equivalent is Ceres.
In some of the earliest accounts Demeter was triune goddess representing the Virgin (Kore), the Mother (Pluto “Abundance”), and the Crone (‘Persephone the Destroyer’), representing the cycle of birth, life, and death. In later legends, the name Pluto was transferred to the god of the underworld, and elements of Kore and the name Persephone became associated as her daughter.
Another aspect of Demeter, was known as the Aganippe “the Mare who destroys mercifully”, a black winged horse worshiped by certain cults. In this aspect her idols (such as one found in Mavrospelya, the Black Cave, in Phigalia) she was portrayed as mare-headed with a mane entwined with Gorgon Snakes. This aspect was also associated with Anion (or Arion) whom Heracles rode, who later inspired tales of Pegasus. Aganippe became associated with a spring, where Pegasus was born according to one legend, and the nymph of the same name.
Demeter as an agricultural goddess appears rarely in the epic poetry. In Homer’s Odyssey she is the blond-haired goddess who is separating the chaff from the grain. The harvesters must pray to Zeus-Chthonios (chthonic Zeus) and Demeter so that the crop will be full and strong. In the Theogony of Hesiod she is the daughter of Cronus and Rhea. At the marriage of Cadmus and Harmonia, Demeter lured Iasion away from the other revelers. They proceeded to have intercourse in a ploughed furrow in Crete; she later gave him a son, Ploutos.
Persephone, Queen of the underworld, is daughter of Zeus and Demeter. The myth of the rape of Persephone seems to be pre-Greek. In the Greek version Ploutos (wealth) represents the wealth of the corn that was stored in underground silos or ceramic jars (pithoi). Similar subterranean pithoi were used in ancient times for funerary practices and Pluto is fused with Hades, the King of the underworld. During summer months the Greek Corn-Maiden (Kore) is lying in the corn of the underground silos, abducted by Hades (Pluto) as it is described in Theogony. Kore is fused with Persephone, the Queen of the underworld. At the beginning of the autumn, when the corn of the old crop is laid on the fields she ascends and is reunited with her mother Demeter, for at this time the old crop and the new meet each other.
In the myths of isolated Arcadia in southern Greece Despoina (Persephone), is daughter of Demeter and Poseidon Hippios, Horse-Poseidon. These myths seem to be connected with the first Greek-speaking people who came from the north during the Bronze age. Poseidon represents the river spirit of the underworld and he appears as a horse as it often happens in northern-European folklore. He pursues the mare-Demeter and she bears one daughter who obviously originally had the form or the shape of a mare too. Demeter and Despoina were closely connected with the springs and the animals. They were related with the God of the waters Poseidon and especially with the mistress of the animals Artemis who was the first nymph.
In another tale, Demeter punished Erysichthon of Thessaly by inflicting him with insatiable hunger after he cut down a tree in a sacred garden which killed a dryad and the other dryads informed Demeter of this.
Corn mother at Eleusis
According to the Athenian rhetorician Isocrates, the greatest gifts which Demeter gave were cereal (also known as corn in modern Britain), the cultivation of which made man different from wild animals and the Mysteries which give the initiate higher hopes in this life and the afterlife.
In the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, dated to about the seventh century BC, she is invoked as the “bringer of seasons”, a subtle sign that she was worshipped long before she was made one of the Olympians. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that also predated the Olympian pantheon.
Demeter’s emblem is the poppy, a bright red flower that grows among the barley.
Demeter and Persephone
In Mycenaean Pylos, Demeter and Persephone were potniai (the mistresses). In classical Greece, they were invoked as to theo (the two Goddesses) or despoine (the Mistresses”. Myths and cults to Demeter as Mother and Persephone as Maiden (Kore) lay at the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
Demeter controlled seasonal growth and regeneration. When her virgin daughter Persephone was abducted to underworld by Hades, Demeter searched for her ceaselessly, preoccupied with her loss and her grief. The seasons halted; living things ceased their growth, then began to die. Faced with the extinction of all life on earth, Zeus sent his messenger Hermes to the underworld to bring Persphone back. Hades agreed to release her if she had eaten nothing while in his realm; but Persephone had eaten a number of pomegranate seeds (one, three, four, or seven seeds are eaten.. This bound her to Hades and the underworld for certain months of every year. According to some modern writers such as Walter Burkert, this corresponds with the dry Mediterranean summer, during which plant life is threatened by drought. Winter, autumn, and spring by comparison have heavy rainfall and mild temperatures in which plant life flourishes. However the ancient commentary by Porphyry did not understand the myth in this way and saw Persephone’s descent as connected with the autumn and winter months. It was during her trip to retrieve Persephone from the underworld that she revealed the Eleusinian Mysteries. In some versions of the myth, Persephone is tricked into eating the pomegranate seeds but chooses to eat them, moments before her return to the upper world with Hermes. seen Hades’ gardeners, claimed to have witnessed her do so, at the moment that she was preparing to return with Hermes. Her return to the upper world signals the advent of spring. In another version, Hecate rescues Persephone.
According to the personal mythology of Robert Graves, Persephone is not only the younger self of Demeter, she is in turn also one of three guises of the Triple Goddess — Kore (the youngest, the maiden, signifying green young grain), Persephone (in the middle, the nymph, signifying the ripe grain waiting to be harvested), and Hecate (the eldest of the three, the crone, the harvested grain), which to a certain extent reduces the name and role of Demeter to that of groupname. Before Persephone was abducted by Hades, an event witnessed by the shepherd Eumolpus and the swineherd Eubuleus (they saw a girl being carried of into the earth which had violently opened up, in a black chariot, driven by an invisible driver), she was called Kore. It is when she is taken that she becomes Persephone (‘she who brings destruction’). Hecate was also reported to have told Demeter that she had heard Kore scream that she was being carried off.
Demeter’s stay at Eleusis
Demeter was searching for her daughter Persephone (also known as Kore). Having taken the form of an old woman called Doso, she received a hospitable welcome from Celeus, the King of Eleusis in Attica. He asked her to nurse Demophon and Triptolemus, his sons by Metanira.
As a gift to Celeus, because of his hospitality, Demeter planned to make Demophon as a god, by coating and anointing him with ambrosia, breathing gently upon him while holding him in her arms and bosom, and making him immortal by burning his mortal spirit away in the family hearth every night. She put him in the fire at night like a firebrand or ember without the knowledge of his parents.
Demeter was unable to complete the ritual because his mother Metanira walked in and saw her son in the fire and screamed in fright, which angered Demeter, who lamented that foolish mortals do not understand the concept and ritual.
Instead of making Demophon immortal, Demeter chose to teach Triptolemus the art of agriculture and, from him, the rest of Greece learned to plant and reap crops. He flew across the land on a winged chariot while Demeter and Persephone cared for him, and helped him complete his mission of educating the whole of Greece in the art of agriculture.
Later, Triptolemus taught Lyncus, King of the Scythians the arts of agriculture but he refused to teach it to his people and then tried to murder Triptolemus. Demeter turned him into a lynx.
Some scholars believe the Demophon story is based on an earlier prototypical folk tale.