This Pagoda was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty. But this isn’t a boring Asian history lesson; it’s actually a pretty awesome legend story. I know what you’re thinking… The name “Wild Goose Pagoda” seems pretty crazy, right? So, I’m gonna control the crazy and tell you a pretty insane story.
In Xi’an there is a legend. According to ancient stories of Buddhists, there were two branches of Buddhism; one branch believed eating meat was taboo, the other didn’t (this story is about the ones who could eat meat)…
One day these Buddhists couldn’t find meat to buy, and one of the monks said: “Today we have no meat. I hope the merciful Bodhisattva will give us some.” Ironically, a group of wild geese flew above… This is the crazy part; at that very moment, the leading wild goose broke its wings and fell to the ground. Mind boggling, right?
Obviously all the monks were startled and believed that Bodhisattva was ordering them to be more pious. Therefore, they established a pagoda where the wild goose fell and stopped eating meat. Hence its name “Wild Goose Pagoda”.