Lotophagi


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Lotophagi:

see lotus-eaterslotus-eaters
or Lotophagi
, a fabulous people who occupied the north coast of Africa and lived on the lotus, which brought forgetfulness and happy indolence. They appear in the Odyssey. When Odysseus landed among them, some of his men ate the food.
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Lotophagi

African people, eaters of an amnesia-inducing fruit. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Br. Lit.: “The Lotus-Eaters” in Norton, 733–736]
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We all can understand the porcine lotophagi of Greek legend, the shamefully debased people whom Homer represents as eating lotus so as to enter a state of dreamy forgetfulness where there is a "loss of all desire to return home.
The atavistic old, entering oblivion through dementias of many kinds, not merely the feared Alzheimer's, can seem to have left most if not all of their humanity behind, though in their case it does not appear to be as enjoyable a lowly condition as that achieved by the lotophagi.