The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore

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Courier Corporation, Apr 1, 2004 - History - 308 pages
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Hilda Ransome's well-documented and copiously illustrated study of bees points out that no creature has provided man with so much wholesome food; nor has any inspired so many beliefs and superstitions. Illustrations depict bees, hives, and beekeepers as they appear in paintings and sculpture, on coins, jewelry, and Mayan glyphs; and carved into African tree trunks. Chapters cover the folklore of bees and bee culture — from Egyptian, Babylonian, and other ancient sources to practices in modern Europe. The use of honey in religious rites, as well as customs and superstitions in France and Central Europe, folk stories from Finland, and the bee in America are also described.
 

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Excellent book. Visits so many aspects of life through our mysterious relationship with a very important insect. Some of the mythologies here really stirred me, and have been very fun to share with friends.

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Contents

EARLY TIMES
19
ANCIENT EGYPT
24
SUMERIA BABYLONIA AND ASSYRIA
35
INDIA AND CHINA
43
THE HITTITES WESTERN ASIA AND CRETE
55
THE HEBREWS AND MOHAMMEDANS
65
BEEKEEPING IN GREECE
75
BEEKEEPING AMONG THE ROMANS
83
BEES AND HONEY AMONG THE GERMANIC AND SLAVONIC PEOPLES IN CENTRAL EUROPE
140
BEES AND HONEY AMONG THE GERMANIC AND SLAVONIC PEOPLES IN CENTRAL EUROPE
155
FINLAND THE KALEVALA
176
THE BRITISH ISLES
189
THE BRITISH ISLES
211
CUSTOMS AND SUPERSTITIONS IN FRANCE
233
FOLKSTORIES FROM VARIOUS LANDS
241
THE BEE IN AMERICA
260

BEES AND HONEY IN GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHS
91
THE OXBORN BEE
112
HONEY IN GREEK RELIGIOUS RITES
119
THE FOOD OF THE GODS
133
RITUAL USES OF MILK AND HONEY
275
PRIMITIVE PEOPLES OF TODAY
285
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