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As Odysseus was heading back to Ithaca, his ships were blown by "foul winds" to the land of the Lotus-eaters (probably the modern day island of Djerba, off the coast of Tunisia). The inhabitants of the island lived primarily off of the delicious Lotus flower, which produced a narcotic reaction of pleasure and happiness among the people. When Odysseus sent several of his men to investigate the natives, they ate of the flower; soon, they had no thoughts of wanting to return to the ship or to Ithaca. Odysseus had to forcibly return the men to the ships, barring them from eating any more of the Lotus-flowers, and they soon rowed off so the rest of the men would not face the temptation of the plant.
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