Since time began, honey and bees have been part of the great myths of humanity and have always been extraordinarily potent symbols.
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The birth of bees:
According to the ancient Greeks, all of Nature’s phenomena had divine origins. Bees were a source of great fascination, and their mysterious origins inspired the legend of Aristæus: Aristæus, the son of the god Apollo, had a beehive. But he wanted to seduce Eurydice, Orpheus’ wife, who died from a snake bite because she had refused Aristæus’ advances. In revenge, Orpheus destroyed Aristæus’ hive. To appease the wrath of the gods, Aristæus sacrified four bulls and four heifers. From their entrails, new swarms suddenly appeared, so Aristæus was able to rebuild his hive and teach beekeeping to men. . This legend is told by Virgil, the great Latin poet, in his famous ’’Georgics’’. Like the ancient Greeks, he believed that bees were born spontaneously from animal corpses.
In the texts of ancient Egypt, bees were born from the tears of Râ, the Sun God. When the tears fell onto the soil, they were transformed into bees that built honeycombs and produced honey
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