Beast

Goose


Latin name: Anser
Other names: Oie

Geese can smell the odor of man better than any other animal can

General Attributes

There are two kinds of geese: wild geese, which fly in order high in the sky; and domestic geese, which live in villages, clamor, and maintain themselves with their beaks. Geese mark the night watch by repeated cackling; geese thus warned the Romans of the attacking Gauls. Geese can smell the odor of man better than any other animal can.

Allegory/Moral

The goose can signify men who are prudent and look out for their own safety. As the cackling of a goose saved the city of Rome, so the warning voice of a brother warns his community of disruption by the wicked. The sense of smell of geese represents the wise man who knows of other men by their good or bad reputation.