But forget the honey of Thule for a second…if you want a mythical land that’s really going to delight your inner gourmet, head for Cockaigne – the land of plenty where food never runs short. There are houses topped with pie, and cheese-trees for all to feast on. The idea comes from medieval mythology – in a Europe that had been swept by war, plague and poverty, the idea of a land where you could lie back and let an entire roast fowl fly into your mouth was inspirational. It probably originates from Islamic mythology originally, as the Muslim idea of Heaven from the Qur’an is luxurious and contains plenty of food, including “the flesh of fowls that they desire.” So it may be less of a mythical land and more of a final destination…for some.
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