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Absolutely. Taste is a much more visceral sense, isn't it? It has to be done up close and personal, not enjoyed at a remove like sight. That makes it more intimate. The Lotus literally becomes part of the eater, and in the case of the Lotus Eaters raises a sinister question: who is eating whom? It makes me think of the term 'sarcophagus,' lithos sarkophagos, 'flesh-eating stone,' which marries the concepts of eating, tasting and death, the dissolution of one's physical self.



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