John also says:
It was interesting that Richard is referred to as the guy with the eye liner - ancient Egyptian rulers and higher ups wore eye makeup.Yes, he very well could. Good thinking!
The Phoenicians adopted many of the Egyptian gods and tweaked them a bit to suit their purpose. Interestingly, Carthage, their capital, was in modern day Tunisia. Did the Phoenicians - famous for their sea-faring ability - discover the island?
The island seems to have many symbols of many world religions both past and present - Christianity, Egyptian and Hindu come to mind immediately. Clearly the wheel has something to do with the Hindu wheel of life. The Dharma wheel and the Hindu wheel both have 8 spokes.
We know that all names on Lost have significance. Could Richard Alpert be somehow connected to the Egyptian God Ra? Richard Alpert = R.A.