So, I’m doing what everyone does while sick, sitting on the toilet reading Davidson’s Gods and Myths of Northern Europe and two things catch my eye and have stuck with me all day. One is a small matter–of parts of Prussia not being Christianized until as late as the 1500s. This seems possible to me, considering the long and contentious history of trying to Christianize the Lithuanians (a brief recap–1009-1386–Lithuania hems and haws about becoming Christian. Sure, it seems like fun, but Lithuania has a cake in the oven and the baby is napping and now’s just not a good time. 1387–Lithuania is declared a Christian nation. Many Lithuanians still busy doing other things. 1413–Oh, all of us were supposed to convert? Sorry, we thought you just wanted those Lithuanians to become Christian. Okay, we’re getting right on it. 1569–No, look, seriously, we’re all Catholic, we swear. 1868–What? We’re just having a little solstice party here and catching up with some old Friends. We’ll be at church on Sunday.), but I’d love to see her sources on that.
The other is that she’s going on about shamans and using the male pronouns to count for both genders, but this time, reading through it, I catch that she’s saying that it’s widely known that men and women could be shamans and she’s talking about how shamans reach the spirit world and one way is said to be on the back of a goose.
I, for one, am all about riding around on the back of a goose. It tickles me how a woman with a pointy hat riding a goose is a good omen for children but a woman with a pointy hat riding a broom is a bad one. Does having a goose insulate you from the temptation to lure children to your candy house and eat them?