TELLING THE BEES
it is a longstanding English tradition for bee keepers to inform their hives of any going-ons in the community, primarily births, deaths and Marriages.
This is thought to be a remnant from the Bronze age belief that bees could cross back and forth into the underworld and carry messages.
It was said if the bees were not kept informed they would leave, stop producing honey or all die.
If there was a death in the beekeepers family, the hives would be given black drapings for the mourning period.
@bootblackCub I wrote a poem based on this lore. :)
@bootblackCub i just learned today that traditional mesoamerican beekeepers to this day still treat respectfully the bees and try not to hurt them when collecting the honey. They clean the ones that get trapped in it and if some of them die they bury them ceremoniously wrapped up in leaves.
@eearroyo1312 oh that's really cool
@bootblackCub guess we know now why bees are dying off en masse...
@lj_writes to save the world, start telling all your secrets to the bees, instead of google.
@bootblackCub Wow. This is very close to the lore about bees in my father's village, in the North of Spain. In fact, I remember the morning when we went to tell them about my grandpa's death. It was very... special.
In my mother's village they don't do this, just 400km away.
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