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An imaginary land of easy and luxurious living.

[Middle English cokaigne, from Old French, from (pais de) cokaigne, (land of) plenty, from Middle Low German kōkenje, diminutive of kōke, cake.]
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(kɒˈkeɪn) or


(European Myth & Legend) medieval legend an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
[C14: from Old French cocaigne, from Middle Low German kōkenje small cake (of which the houses in the imaginary land are built); related to Spanish cucaña, Italian cuccagna]
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or Cock•ayne


a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
[1250–1300; Middle English cokaygn(e) < Middle French (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler's paradise]
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Noun1.Cockaigne - (Middle Ages) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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The Japanese artist Mizuho Matsunaga, for example, has drawn in her Shangrila and Schlaraffenland series on pattern from both Zen and Rococo sacred art.
In the later seventeenth century Johann Andreas Schnebelin wrote about, and Johann Baptist Homann made maps of the utopian Schlaraffenland. (12) A couple of decades after that Matthaus Seutter was mapping an "Attack of Love." (13) In 1726 Jonathan Swift famously published Gulliver's Travels with its maps of Lilliput and Houyhnhnms Land.
In the Schlaraffenland, (1) with a superabundance of goods, no conflict can arise (except for conflicts regarding the use of our physical bodies that embody our very own interests and ideas).
Weill's foreword to the production book described the "Paradise City" of Mahagonny as a contemporary idyll riven by discontent and the threat of natural disaster, first reconstituted into a parodistic utopia/dystopia of the marketplace, then collapsed under its financial crises." It is a mythical place at once historical and contemporary: it resonates with the biblical cities of the plain, Sodom and Gomorrah, or Babylon; it draws upon folk representations of Cockaigne and its German equivalent, Schlaraffenland; it could be San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, or perhaps Berlin.
It is known by many other terms: Schlaraffenland, Pfannkuckenberg (Pancake Land), Bauernhimmel (Peasants' Heaven), Luilekkerland (Land of Loafers), Mag-mell (Plain of Pleasure), El Dorado, Bensalem, Lubberland, and numerous others.
Other German-speaking regions produced lyrics with similarly hyperbolic descriptions, such as those picturing an America where "wine flows right into the windows/and the clover grows three cubits high." (72) These images can be traced back to popular sixteenth-century satires of utopia known as Schlaraffenland, a word carrying associations both of laziness and of culinary abundance.