Ok- So we now know- thanks to Damian and Carlton- that the Man in Black is NOT the Smoke monster. So now that puts us at block one- thinking... well who is the Man and Black and who is Jacob and what the.. is the Smoke Monster??
First off- I'm told that I have to tell everyone that I think Jacob could be in Sayid's body (I'm at 50/50) while Rick thinks that there is NO possibility for that :)
Here's some theories:
(this is probably way off- but I wanted to get it out there :)) MY new theory is that there is NO man in black. He doesn't exist. So, therefore- when Damian and Carlton say "Smokie is not the Man In Black" and when they say that Smokie is not Locke- it's saying the same thing. While Smokie can portray certain people and look like whatever he wants- he is NOT actually these people. Man In Black might have existed way back when- but he did not at that time. He couldn't kill Jacob- Smokie can't kill Jacob. Again- I repeat- while Smokie is NOT Man In Black- he did portray him on the beach that morning way back in the 1800's.
Now- on to what smokie is. My favorite new theory is that he's a Djinn (possibly Jacob is too- but we've only assumed there's one... but I'm only about 20% on that one). It’s also a possibility that Jacob is a fallen angel… Who knows!! Anyways- read before and see if you see the connections between Smokie and the Djinn (or some form of). I don’t know how we didn’t see this before!
You may have heard of a Djinn before- only when you saw him, he was blue, sang songs, and sounded eerily like Robin Williams. That’s right Djinn is also known as a jinn, jinni, or genie in Arabia. It is a supernatural creature which occupies a parallel world and together with human’s (ex. Locke, Ben, Jack, Kate) and angels (ex. Possibly Jacob- fallen angel?) . A Djinn can be either good or evil and possesses free will. Jinn is the plural for jinni which is derived from the Arabic root JaNaA which means to always hide or be hidden (hmmmm…. Like the jungle at all Smokie?) Genie is derived from Latin genius, which meant a sort of tutelary or guardian spirit. Arabic lexicons provide the rendered meaning of jinn not only for spirits, but also for anything concealed through time, status, choosing another form, and even physical darkness. Pre-Islam times- The Djinn has also been known in Latin beliefs as The Guardian Spirits and The Evil Spirit. The Jinn is made from smokeless fire (literal translation is “subtle fire”… ) by Allah in the same way humans were made of earth. Djinn (having free will) refused to bow to Adam when Allah told him to- and then we was thrown from Paradise to earth (hmmm enter “Paradise Lost” a poem about Fallen Angels) and called “Shaitan”. Djinn are invisible to humans unless they want to be seen and Djinn often harass and even possess humans (we’re not talking possession like you may be used to- we’re talking possession as in getting humans to do what the Djinn wants the human to do). Djinns live in remote areas such as mountains, seas, islands, trees, and in the air. Muslims believe that the Djinn account for much of the ‘magic’ perceived by humans such as lifting people and objects into the air, mind reading, and mimicking the voices of deceased humans (Whispers?). In Muslim legend, a Djinn is capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people. In Arabic folklore, a Marid is a Djinn associated with the oceans where it finds sanctuary. Marids are often described as the most powerful type of Djinn, having especially great powers. They are arrogant and proud. Like every Djinn, they have free will yet could be compelled to perform chores. They also have the ability to grant wishes, but that usually requires battle, and according to some sources imprisonment and rituals. The Djinn is capable of appearing in human and animal forms and influencing humankind for either good or evil. Djinn’s are also supposed to live much longer than humans. Furthermore- some believe that Djinn can be trapped (this is where the legend of Genie’s come from)or confined to an area or bound and summoned by humans. Also- an Ifrit (which is a class of Djinn) is an enormous winged creature of smoke, either male or female, who lives underground and frequents ruins. While ordinary weapons and forces have no power over them, they are susceptible to magic, which humans can use to kill them, capture them, or enslave them. As with the Djinn, an Ifrit may be either a believer or an unbeliever, good or evil, but he is most often depicted as a wicked and ruthless being and one that tempts man on behalf of god so god can judge them.
Just a thought…