Sometimes it is clear that the goose is golden and other times it is more about golden eggs. Though, I decided to group those kinds together. There is also a Buddhist tale that is similar to the Golden Elephant Tusks story (see that blog post here).
Aesop’s Fable – http://www.storyit.com/Classics/Stories/goldengooseegg.htm
Man and wife has goose that laid golden eggs. Each day, more golden eggs were laid. Man and wife become impatient. Suspect more gold inside the goose. Kill the goose. Just like any other goose. No more gold.
Brothers Grimm – http://www.topics-mag.com/folk-tales/folk-tale-greed-china.htm
Three brothers approached by dwarf, only youngest (Simpleton) shares lunch. Dwarf rewards Simpleton. Cut tree, find golden goose. Simpleton pays inn’s stay with feather. Attracts attention…and hand…of innkeeper’s daughter. Stuck! Another sister. Stuck! Another sister. Stuck! More people. Stuck! Simpleton carries goose with people stuck. Princess laughs. Marriage.
Buddhist (Jataka Tales) – http://whisperingbooks.com/Show_Page/?book=Jataka_Tales&story=Golden_Goose
Goose with golden feathers learns of poor family. Goose explains that he will give a golden feather. Hurrah! Money. Goose gives another feather. Hurrah! Money spent. Repeats. Greed. Woman takes all feathers. These feathers turn white/normal when forcefully taken. New feathers grow back. Normal. Goose never returns.
So a muscled-wall of a bird’s stomach can be golden…and find out how.
Czechoslavak – http://oaks.nvg.org/czech10.html#bigogi
Poor family kind to golden bird. Lays golden eggs. Sold to goldsmith. Goldsmith’s son sees bird. Secret inscription. Marries daughter of this family (bird as dowry). Will eat gizzard (each morning golden ducats) and heart (become king). Two poor boys eat instead. Gambling. Throw-up gizzard. Girl eats. Goats. Reunion. Marriage.
Cinderella is not the only one with a godmother. You may be jealous.
Czechoslavak – http://oaks.nvg.org/czech13.html#gogod
Lukas handled money poorly. Meanwhile, he and wife wished for child. No child when rich, only when poor. Worried over christening. No one to be godmother. Lukas chose first person on way to christening. Poor woman at crossroads. Grants golden ducat. Gold multiplies. Girl named Marishka. Prince sees her. Marriage.
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