A Trojan Feast: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/5/1
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YOU'VE BEEN WARNED
Accept food from faeries, and you'll never escape their realm, according to European folklore. Accept food from Sasquatch and you will forever be trapped in the spirit world, according to indigenous North American tales. And today, abductees-at least those who have returned-often report being offered strange beverages from their captors. Are these similarities mere coincidence, or is something more at play?
In this outstanding example of scholarship on the unknown, Joshua Cutchin has created the world's first survey and analysis of the food and drink offered by aliens, faeries, and Sasquatch. The offerings are often not what they appear to be: some liquids have healing or aphrodisiac qualities, some foods expand awareness, and there are ointments that reveal an invisible world.
Through his playful explorations of every possibility-from the outer regions of space to the inner sanctum of the human mind-A TROJAN FEAST offers new insight into our relationship with these strange creatures of the outer edge.
"The humble subject of food in anomalistic accounts serves, in Cutchin's measured, learned, and lucid argument, as proof that high strangeness events may be uncertain and discordant, but not incomprehensible." - Thomas E. Bullard, folklorist (ret.), Indiana University, Bloomington
"Joshua Cutchin has brought together a contemplative and truly unique folkloric analysis of the way that food and drink fits into the broader narrative of purported strange phenomena. In doing so, Cutchin provides, in the very truest sense, 'food for thought.'" - Micah Hanks, author of "Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule"
JOSHUA CUTCHIN is a native of North Carolina with a long interest in forteana. He holds a Masters in Music Literature and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and currently works as a public affairs specialist in the southeast. In addition to his media work, Cutchin is also a published composer and maintains an active performing schedule as a jazz and rock tuba player, having appeared on eight albums and live concert DVDs. A TROJAN FEAST is his first book.
Joshua's approach is uniquely humble, and uniquely insightful. Rather than trying to fit a meta-narrative over the data, rather than eisegeting - putting something onto the data, he has exegeted from the data - drawn out what is there. What is there is really weird. It took a Joshua to see what is there - below all the cultural chattering.
As you progress through the reports of interactions with entities you become aware of the patterns yourself, and connections within yourself begin to form. For instance, while reading, I recalled a dream I had in which I was given a piece of extremely sweet very pink strawberry cake with painfully sweet and sugary pink icing. As I ate it, I noticed it had worms in it as well as opium. I don't remember who gave it to me. I remember some of the setting. A grassy field, a stone wall, with a fire pit built into the wall.
Joshua saves his hypothesis for the end of the book. His hypothesis is not sensational, neither is it long-winded nor self-aggrandizing. It's concise and to the point, and rather disturbing. This book in itself is food for thought that will result in a change of consciousness. In many ways it's a distillation of decades of thought and experience. Even though Joshua has shown us the emergent patterns throughout an expansive amount of time, we are left with more questions than answers. I know that Joshua's seeking nature inevitably results in a continuing expansiveness that defies categories. This is the consequence of drawing out rather than placing upon. I eagerly await his second book.
I will say I wish that I had bought the actual book instead of the ebook. This is because there is a tremendously expansive bibliography and index. The amount of material drawn from is astounding. The ground covered here is breathtaking - and to follow the golden thread that ties them all together is just spooky; especially because it's so obvious now that it has been shown.
In closing something struck me as I read the last words of Joshua's. When we provide offerings ourselves, what, in recognition of this book, does that then suggest?