Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Monday, August 01, 2005

Wild Geese

It is said of the wild goose that it calls to its comrades whenever it finds food; this is the symbol of peace and concord in good fortune. A man does not want to keep his luck for himself only, but is ready to share it with others. -- I Ching [Wilhelm/Baynes]

The goose is in China a symbol of married bliss. So a goose makes a very suitable engagement present. This is a very old custom, varied on occasion by an exchange -- the bridegroom's family sends a gander, the bride's family reciprocates by sending back a goose. Neither of these ever end up on the table. -- A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols [Eberhard/Campbell]

The path rises high toward heaven, like the flight of wild geese when they have left the earth far behind. There they fly. . . . And if their feathers fall, they can serve as ornaments in the sacred dance pantomimes performed in the temples. -- I Ching [Wilhelm/Baynes]

Wild geese are represented as flying in pairs, and so a picture of wild geese makes a good wedding present. -- A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols [Eberhard/Campbell]

1 comment:

ms_lili said...

I wonder how goose symbolism fits into the honkless goose story in ZZ... maybe I'll take a look at it later and give my impressions on it.