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Daemon
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Feast of Excited Insects

Known as Gyeongchip in Korea and as Ching Che in China, the Feast of Excited Insects marks the transition from winter to spring. It is the day when the insects are said to come back to life after hibernating all winter. In China, it is the day when "the dragon raises his head," summoning the insects back to life, and people perform various rituals designed to prepare for the onslaught. In Korea, this is one of 24 days in the lunar calendar that marks the beginning of a new season. Farmers prepare their fields and begin planting their barley, cabbage, and other vegetables. More...
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what on the menu insects
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Come on Striker, you know they are eating last years cabbage.
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Jack Miller
Feast of Excited Insects
i: Spring’s First Thunder



“This is the time when, as the Chinese say, ‘the dragon
raises his head.’ The lordly dragon goes into hibernation
in September in the form of a tiny creature, and thus remains
unobserved till he calls the insects to life. On the
day of the ‘Excited Insects’ certain fetishes are displayed
to placate them.”
— Chinese Creeds and Customs
by Valentine Rodolphe Burkhardt
The bullroarer call: I know its wellspring,
and bear that dubious privilege
like a child born blind with flashlights
for fingers.

Fluids thaw to course
beneath chitinous shells,
a static of tiny heartbeats
mistaken for
a fervent whisper.

Academic the particular alchemy
of the dragon’s waking yawn,
the prickly ionic unrest
that gathers

as you cleave the unanimous air
to reach for a coffee cup,
eddying motes of dust in
carousel currents;
galvanic accretion
in the reproachful hush of a black dress
as you burrow deeper for warmth.
Then release: tectonic shifts
find voice in the rustle of eye beneath lid,
and subterranean bruises
surface with a rumbletoo low to hear
that rouses the swarm

http://www.juked.com/print/09/juked-09-jack-miller-feast-of-excited-insects-springs-first-thunder.pdf
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NeuroticHellFem wrote:
Is it culturally insensitive to laugh my arse off? Silenced


Perhaps one ought to restrain one's self to s dignified, muffled chuckle. I'm giggling, myself! Angel

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Gary98
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NeuroticHellFem wrote:
Is it culturally insensitive to laugh my arse off? Silenced


Most are misinformed by this little piece. For over twenty years in China I have never heard of "Feast of Excited Insects". A lunar year is divided into 24 periods. This (JingZhe) is a period of time when the frozen ground thaws, living creatures wake up from the winter drowsiness, including the dragons raising heads from their sleep: it is time to prepare to rain and water the land.

To feast on any insects one may want to wait for the Fall.

It is always good to have a good laugh at any time, insensitive or not. Boo hoo!


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more likely then not we will be eating these little bugs by the year 2085, or even maybe sooner...
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