Season: 5, Episodes: 2, Faction: The Others
Jill was a butcher who worked in Simon’s Butcher Shop in Los Angeles and apparently works for Ben. She watched Locke’s body for Ben while he was out collecting the rest of the Oceanic Six together to return to the Island.
On the mainland (2007)
5×02 – The Lie
Jill knew about Ben’s plan to bring the Oceanic Six back to the Island and confirmed that other elements of the plan were progressing as planned. She made a snide remark about Jack’s addiction to pills, and Ben defended Jack, telling her to “cut the man some slack“. Ben asked her if Gabriel and Jeffrey had “checked in yet,” which Jill confirmed. (“The Lie”)
5×06 – 316
Later, Ben sent Jack to the butcher shop to pick up Locke’s body. She addressed him as “Dr. Shephard” and said that she knew who he was. She took him to the shop’s cold storage room where the coffin was being kept, then left to get the van for Jack. (“316”)
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Bat’s name combines the common Egyptian theological term ba, ‘soul’ or ‘manifestation’, with the feminine suffix; hence her name means something akin to ‘feminine potency’ or ‘the ensouled one’. Bat is depicted frontally and only from the neck up, with a human face, bovine ears and horns. Sometimes her head is surmounted by a configuration of five stars, one at the tip of each horn, one atop the forehead, and one at the tip of each ear. Generally Bat’s image forms a pendant, the top of a column, an ornamental frieze, or, somewhat later, the top of a sistrum. The bat-sistrum becomes especially popular in the cult of Hathor, largely replacing an earlier, plainer form of sistrum, and Bat’s cult center in the seventh nome or district of Upper Egypt comes to be known as ‘Mansion of the Sistrum’. Bat’s frontal, semi-bovine depiction as well as the bat-sistrum are increasingly seen as attributes of Hathor in the Middle Kingdom and thereafter, leading to Hathor’s assimilation of Bat’s nature. A Bat pendant is part of the regalia of a class of official in the Old Kingdom known as ‘director of the palace’, such officials sometimes given the title hqa-bat, ‘bat-governor’ (Fischer, 12f).
Bat is mentioned in PT utterance 506, the deceased king affirming “I am Bat with her two faces,” referring perhaps to Bat’s visage on some portable object, such as that seen on the famous Narmer Palette, from the Early Dynastic period (c. 3000 BCE), where the king is depicted wearing an item on his belt on which Bat appears to be depicted, while an image of Bat adorns the top of the palette itself. “I am one who is saved,” the utterance continues, “and I have saved myself from all things evil.” Later in the same utterance, the king affirms that he is “a living soul … who saved himself and removed himself from those who disturb Her-who-does-what-has-to-be-done when She-who-does-what-has-to-be-done, and who commands what-has-to-be-commanded, is at rest.” This string of female identities may refer to Bat, who is the only Goddess named in the utterance. CT spell 334, for “becoming Ihy,” the sistrum-playing son of Hathor, characterizes the pre-cosmic period in which the operator identifying with Ihy came into being as that “before the face of Bat was knit on.” CT spell 411, for remembering one’s name in the netherworld, invokes Bat: “O Bat, my name is ‘Isis in the sealed place’; I am in my name and my name is a God; I will not forget it, this name of mine.”
Bat is one of the cow goddesses, particularly of Upper Egypt. She is hardly ever depicted in Egyptian art, though we find her more often in jewelry such as amulets head is human but the ears are bovine and horns grow from her temples. Her body is in the shape of a necklace counterpoise. In fact, the whole iconography suggests the sacred rattle or sistrum, which is fittingly since her cult center is the district of Upper Egypt known as the “Mansion of the Sistrum”.
Without inscriptional evidence there must always be an element of caution but it does seem likely, on stylistic grounds, that she was represented on the top corners of the Narmer Palette, rather than Hathor, making her a very old Egyptian deity. Our earliest written evidence for the goddess is in the Pyramid Texts, which would support this view. Here, the king is Bat “with her two faces”. Even earlier, she may be the goddess depicted on a palette on which stars are represented at the tips of her horns, indicating that, like most Egyptian cow deities, she has celestial connections.
It is possible that Bat has a presence that maintains the unity of Egypt, both north with south and the Nile Valley with the deserts. In addition to her pre-eminent position on the Narmer Palette, she is represented in the center of a pectoral of the 12th Dynasty flaked by the two protagonists in the struggle for the Egyptian throne, Horus and Seth, in a state of reconciliation. However, her similarity to Hathor, the cow goddess worshipped in the neighboring southern district, was so close that Bat’s personal identity was not strong enough to survive being totally assimilated to her by the New Kingdom.
Bat was a cow goddess in Egyptian Mythology depicted as a human face with cow ears and horns. By the time of the Middle Kingdom her identity and attributes were subsumed within the goddess Hathor.
The worship of Bat dates to earliest times and may have its origins in Late Paleolithic cattle herding. Bat was the chief goddess of Seshesh, otherwise known as Hu or Diospolis Parva, the 7th nome of Upper Egypt.
The epithet Bat may be linked to the word ba with the feminine suffix ‘t’. Ba means something like personality or emanation and is often translated as ‘soul’ . The word can also be read as ‘power’ or ‘god’. Bat became strongly associated with the sistrum and the center of her cult, was known as the ‘Mansion of the sistrum’.
The sistrum is a musical instrument whose shape is very similar to that of the ankh. This instrument is depicted with her head and neck as the handle and base, with rattles placed between her horns. The imagery is repeated on each side, having two faces. The sistrum was one of the most frequently used sacred instruments in temples.
The Egyptian Pyramid Texts say:
I am Praise; I am Majesty; I am Bat with Her Two Faces; I am the One Who Is Saved, and I have saved myself from all things evil.
Although it was rare for Bat to be clearly depicted in painting or sculpture, two exceptions are displayed below, one in bovine form and the other in human form. In rare instances she was pictured as a celestial bovine creature surrounded by stars. More commonly, Bat was depicted on amulets, with a human face, but with bovine features, such as the ears of a cow and the inward-curving horns of the type of cattle first herded by the Egyptians.
She is found, on a significant Egyptian archaeological find shown to the right. This stone object dates from about the 31st century BC and contains some of the earliest hieroglyphic inscriptions. It is thought by some to depict the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt during the first dynasty under the pharaoh Narmer. Bat appears at the top of each side of the object.
The imagery of Bat as a divine cow was remarkably similar to that of Hathor the parallel goddess from Lower Egypt. The significant difference in their depiction is that Bat’s horns curve inward and Hathor’s curve outward slightly. It is possible that this could be based in the different breeds of cattle herded at different times.
In two dimensional images, both goddesses often are depicted straight on, facing the onlooker and not in profile in accordance with the usual Egyptian convention.
Hathor’s cult centre was in the 6th Nome of Upper Egypt, adjacent to the 7th where Bat was the cow goddess, which may indicate that they were once the same goddess.
In the image to the right a king of the fourth dynasty is flanked by both goddesses, Hathor and Bat. They are remarkably similar in this large sculpture, however, their crowns identify them clearly. The emblem on Bat repeats the sistrum imagery and her zoomorphic face is present upon it (wearing another sistrum). The image on her crown carries the feather of Ma’at.