But now together with this interest in things neuroscientific and psychological, I also started to combine a deep interest in the religious and philosophical. Consider how you would set the work to music. The result of eating this strange plant is that the lotus eaters are put into a kind of sleepy stupor. It was partly as a result of this that I became totally immersed in the world of psychedelia. They find a land where the inhabitants are fond of ingesting a plant called the Lotus. Ulysses and his ship and crew stop by at the land of the lotus eaters to get some fresh water and food and what not.
What we're seeing here is the description of, or allusion to the ingestion of plant extracts or perhaps fungaloid preparations, in order to facilitate mystical states. Okay, that might be a disaster, but we still think this poem is absolutely worth your time. Those who did so were overcome by a blissful forgetfulness; they had to be dragged back to the ship and chained to the rowing-benches, or they would never have returned to their duties. The 5th-century- bc historian located the Lotus-Eaters on the Libyan coast. Alright, let's back this up a little. Finally in one of the earliest myths and also the oldest recorded story known to man, that is the tale of Gilgamesh, we also find a reference to some psychedelic plant. These two men were captured by the cyclops Polyphemus, but escaped by blinding him with a wooden stake Odysseus and his crew land.
What follows is a summary of key episodes and phases I went through in the land of the lotus eaters in roughly chronological order. This state of affairs lasted for a few months or so, but gradually I slowly returned back to normal and this door became closed again. He begs his father Poseidon to curse Odysseus. So I would show up a little early a do a little work. If they become contented just eating lotus, they would never keep their ambitions to go home, and thus never go home.
Forexample, aphids like pads, and herons prefer flowers. It was definitely one of the most wrenching times of my life, exacerbated by the fact that my mental state at that time was still quite delicate from the chronic pattern of drug abuse I had been indulging in. Deep down inside, this is what we Shmoopers really love about poetry. There was a feeling that I had wasted valuable time and that it was necessary for me to play catch up. They go searching for them and find them in the village of the lotus eaters, eating lotus.
Also my keen interest in the brain and neuroscience definitely helped to predispose me to becoming curious about psychoactive drugs. Probably the best known myth in the Western world, it describes the journey of the hero Odysseus, on his return from the Trojan war back to Greece. Okay, so maybe there's no rock and roll. Even before my time spent in the squat I already had a certain fascination for the drug culture. The easy thing to do would be to stay with the Lotus eaters and live happily, without ever reaching home, seeing his son, or his wife, Penelope.
Odysseus sent three men to seek out the inhabitants of the land and see if they were eaters of bread, i. How do the Lotus Eater Pose a threat to Odysseus and his men? This is one of the first stopping off points of the voyage after leaving Troy. It also forced me to think hard about my own situation and all this put me into a profoundly depressed state. It was started by Fraser Clark the same person who first created the Megatripolis event that was my first introduction to the scene. I started to feel that I had really taken enough drugs and was becoming increasingly wary of their detrimental effects. Also staying in antiquity we find the mysterious Kykeon, which was ingested in the sacred rituals of the Greek mysteries and also the blue lotus or lily of the Nile which was used by ancient Egyptian high priests.
I existed completely outside of the mainstream of society. The Island of the Lotus Eaters A journey into an aspect of the Worldwide Counter Culture that is the modern day manifestation of a context described in a well known story from Classical Greek Mythology; which exposes the real and hidden meaning behind the Lotus Eaters. Odysseus sends 3 men out to scout butthey do not return. I took on part time work as a gardener's assistant and this was a very healing thing for me to have been doing at this point. There are only really a few of Odysseus' men who are under the hold of the lotus flower.
. Odysseus' twelve ships were driven off course by storms. I dreamed that one day I would gain recognition for my ideas and theories about how the brain worked. So it was with this general mind set that I gravitated towards London's druggy hard trance club scene. Also I read voraciously finishing at least two or three decent sized books a week. Also I happened to be in the perfect context and social milieu for the systematic exploration of psychedelic drugs. Therefore, it can be interpreted as one of many false paradises, much like Calypso's island, the lure of the beautiful Sirens, or even Circe who sorta propositioned him.
She was beautiful and desirable, and she knew how to keep Odysseus' mind on her rather than his responsibilities. It was at around the Summer Solstice that, in my mind, I finally made the break. It really gave me a chance to explore this rather deviant avenue of the mystical quest. The Lotus eaters are from the classical greek myth called Odysseus, also known as Ulysses. What does this all mean? I rediscovered my long time obsession with the brain and how the human mind worked. The Odyssey is my favorite book, and I have read Homer many times, this is my personal interpretation. Special preparations derived from the root of the blue lotus pictured to the right may possess potent psychedelic properties if ingested at an adequate dose.
I'd have to say that Circe is also more dangerous than the Cyclops. So during this time I was able to get to know the strange and non conformist denizens of this druggy counter culture. The lotus eaters are a representation of Sloth. The only people who I spent my time with were the loose collection of odd balls, strays and drop outs that would congregate regularly in psychedelic night clubs. That stuff is great, but we think the best reason to check this out is that it can really transport you into Tennyson's imagination.