Cockaigne

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Cockaigne

fabled land of luxury and idleness. [Medieval Legend: NCE, 589]
See: Luxury
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In Cockaygne, unbounded satisfactions are available to sate appetites; in Arcadia, there is a reduction of appetite to 'real' needs and wants, which can therefore be met.
Just as the nature of the Land of Cockaygne is a summary of everything that is the very opposite of natural, so the rule of the Abbey of Cockaygne is obviously a kind of anti-rule, making sense only in so far as it is the complete antithesis of a true monastic rule.
This history has been shaped as much by Arcadian dreams of unchanging harmony with a nature that is generous within the limits of modest human wants as it has by the Cockaygne tradition, with its superabundant nature and total satiation of human desires, however fantastical or excessive, as well as the modernist discourse of the Ideal Republic, in which rational social and technical developments fulfil and manage human desires.