geese from egypt, greenland, gotland, ireland
From The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, R.O.Faulkner, BM Publications 1985, p 95
spell to become a goose 1400 bc
If the two trailing Egyptians, from 2630 BC, below, aren't the same species as this Irish Greenlander, to the left, may I become a goose.
The Gotlanders below, cut in limestone, are not quite so elegant
certainly a goose, or swan possibly a duck
These birds appeared on the Gotland picture stones from about 500
The famous Meidum geese sometimes changed into evening dress
Was the dead Gotlander's soul now seeking to become a goose? The earlier stones (400-600) used to sport a sun-whorl [see here]. To my mind they were much finer, see the Bro I stone [click].
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Proctor's Palindromes; courtesy PM
"They ain't no birds, not really," said Billy the Dane.
"Not mollies, not gullies, nor goneys at all," said he,
"But simply the sperrits of mariners livin' again."
A Scot when from the Gallows-tree got loose
Drops into Styx, and turns a Soland Goose.
John Cleveland: The Rebel Scot
I must go where the wild goose goes
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