Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bee Folklore

In addition to providing us with honey and wax, bees are known to have magical properties. They are common in folklore from many different cultures. These are just a few of the legends about bees:
~ In some areas of New England and Appalachia, it was believed that once someone died, it was important for the family to "go tell the bees" of the death. Whoever kept the bees for the family would make sure the bees got the news, so that they could spread it around.
~ Ancient Egyptian pharaohs used the honeybee as the royal symbol, during the period between 3000 b.c.e. and 350 b.c.e.
~ The Greeks believed that a baby whose lips were touched by a bee would become a great poet or speaker.
Art - Talking to Bees II by ~Rozefire on deviantART

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