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  •  Conference of the Birds?? (4+ / 0-)

    Thinking about Islamic references to birds this one came to mind:

    Don't know if there where loons on their journey there though!

    The Conference of the Birds (Persian: منطق الطیر, Mantiq at-Tayr, 1177) is a book of poems in Persian by Farid ud-Din Attar of approximately 4500 lines. The poem uses a journey by a group of 30 birds, led by a hoopoe as an allegory of a Sufi sheikh or master leading his pupils to enlightenment.

    Besides being one of the most beautiful examples of Persian poetry, this book relies on a clever word play between the words Simorgh — a mysterious bird in Iranian mythology which is a symbol often found in sufi literature, and similar to the phoenix bird — and "si morgh" — meaning "thirty birds" in Persian.

    It was in China, late one moonless night,
    The Simorgh first appeared to human sight -
    He let a feather float
    And rumours of its fame spread everywhere; [1]
    Its most famous section is:

    Come you lost Atoms to your Centre draw,
    And be the Eternal Mirror that you saw:
    Rays that have wander'd into Darkness wide
    Return and back into your Sun subside

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