Season: 5, Episodes: 3, Faction: DHARMA Initiative
Erin was a DHARMA Initiative recruit in 1977.
5×09 – Namaste
Erin arrived with other new recruits by Galaga on the Island. (“Namaste”)
5×10 – He’s Our You
She was seen in the cafeteria for breakfast when Jack, Kate and Hurley were discussing Sayid.
She was later told by LaFleur to grab the fire gear when the burning DHARMA van crashed into building 15, one of the houses, at the Barracks. (“He’s Our You”)
5×11 – Whatever Happened, Happened
Associated DHARMA Location
Decoded Season 1 & 3 Characters
Decoded Season 5 Characters
Key Episode(s) to Decoding the Character
In Greek mythology, Despoina, Despoena or Despoine, was the daughter of Demeter and Poseidon and sister of Arion. She was the goddess of mysteries of Arcadian cults worshipped under the title Despoina,”the mistress” alongside with her mother Demeter, one of the goddesses of the Eleusinian mysteries. Her real name could not be revealed to anyone except those initiated to her mysteries. This name is consequently unknown. She was later conflated with Kore (Persephone) the queen of the underworld in the Eleusinian mysteries who was probably originally daughter of Demeter and Poseidon rather than of Demeter and Zeus as it appears in ancient literature. The cult of Despoina is very important for the study of ancient mystery religions.
In the primitive myth, Poseidon saw Demeter, the Earth mother and desired her. To avoid him, she took her archaic form of a mare, but he took the form of a stallion and mated with her. From this union Demeter bore a daughter Despoina and a fabulous horse Arion (Αρείων). Due to her anger at this turn of events, Demeter took on the epithet Erinys, or raging.
The word Despoina (Δέσποινα) “mistress” is derived from the Mycenean Greek *des-potnia which is interpreted as “lady or mistress of the house”, from PIE *dem/*dom “build, house”, Greek “domos” and potni “lady, mistress”, Greek “potnia”. The masculine form is despotis (Δεσπότης), “master of the household. Related words are the Mycenean Greek potnia and Posedao (Poseidon), which were inherited in classical Greece with the same meaning. Demeter is probably a relative word interpreted as “mother of the house” (from PIE *dems-mater).
Cult of Despoina
In the mysteries Demeter was a second goddess under her daughter, the unnameable “Despoina”. It seems that the myths in isolated Arcadia were connected with the first Greek-speaking people who came from the north during the bronze age. The two goddesses had close connections with the rivers and the springs. They were related with the god of the rivers and the springs Poseidon and especially with Artemis, who was the first nymph. Her epithet “the mistress” has its analogue in Mycenean Greek inscriptions found at Pylos in southern Greece and Knossos in Crete. Despoina was later conflated with Kore (Persephone), the goddess of the Eleusinian mysteries in a life-death-rebirth cycle. Karl Kerenyi asserted that the cult was a continuation of a Minoan Goddess worship.
Despoina was also used as an epithet for several goddesses, especially Aphrodite, Persephone, Demeter and Hecate. Persephone and Demeter were the goddesses of the Eleusinian mysteries, identified as the two potniai (mistresses) in a Linear B inscription at Pylos. At Olympia they were called Despoine (Δέσποινες:the mistresses). The epithet may recall the unnameable mistress of the labyrinth.