The Sacred Bee by Hilda Ransome

by stephenpalmersf

This (quite old) book collates much folklore, rural wisdom, legend and myth about bees, beekeeping and honey. Beginning with prehistorical times (a very short section), the book travels chronologically through history, comparing and contrasting the attitude our cultures have taken to bees and honey. Particularly interesting were the sections on the belief that bees emerge from the rotting carcasses of cows, sheep etc – which explains the image I used to see in my childhood printed onto cans of Lyle’s golden syrup… Anyway, this is a really interesting book with many a curious fable to tell.

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Hilda Ransome, The Sacred Bee

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