The Harvest Table
These artefacts, and journal entries belonged to Professor Adrian Anderson, the leading anthropologist for studies on fertility gods, and specifically a pacific island tribe whose exact geographical location has been lost due to volcanic eruption. The Tingada tribe were one of the first recorded peoples to invest in a naïve form fruit and vegetable farming.
This tribe was focused on harvest deities and famous for the Cave of Aditingga at the base of their volcano. The cave was believed to induce a higher level of fertility in crops as well as fishing and hunting expeditions. Over time the myth expanded to include increased fertility in married couples, potency and attractiveness in those searching for a mate.
Peoples from other islands and even mainland countries would brave ocean and weather conditions to come and leave offerings and sit in the cave.
Whilst almost all artefacts of this primitive society were lost, the Professor carved the fertility symbols into his basement door in honour of this ancient tradition. All through the 1890’s couples and individuals would enjoy the novelty of a visit to this room in his house in Aldinga to make offerings and pray to Aditingga.
Professor Anderson’s basement was slowly transformed into a suburban version of The Cave of Aditingga. Surprisingly the reported success rate of visiting the room was close to one hundred percent for farmers and lovers alike.
Unfortunately, the professor’s house was completely demolished by a bushfire in 1910. Amazingly the basement and offerings inside were the only things that remained untouched.
Professor Anderson’s great-grandchildren have donated the door to The Pseudo Society in the hope that the sympathetic magic may continue to create abundance within the community.