Honey Bees Since Time Began

The birth of bees:
Ancient Greeks 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.

Bee symbolism:
As organizers of the universe between earth and sky, bees symbolize all vital principles and embody 
the soul. In the Greek religion, the bee was sometimes identified with Demeter,
the goddess of the earth and crops, who represented the soul sent to hell.
The bee also symbolizes the soul that flies away from the body in the Siberian,
Central Asian and South American Indian traditions. 
Bees also symbolize eloquence, speech and intelligence.
In Hebrew, the word for bee, Dbure, has its origins in the word Dbr, speech.
They settled on the mouth of the child, Plato, " announcing the sweetness of his enchanting soul "
(Pliny) and also settled also on the lips of Saint Ambrose, the patron-saint of beekeepers.
According to Virgil, they have a grain of divine intelligence and the famous Pythia, 
the priestess of Apollo, was called "the bee of Delphi".
In some texts from India, the bee represents the spirit becoming intoxicated with the 
pollen of knowledge.
Because of its honey and its sting, the bee is considered to be an emblem of Christ:
it represents his mildness and mercy on one side and his justice on the other.
In the sacred texts of East and West, milk and honey flow like a stream through the promised land.
Honey designates supreme bliss and the state of Nirvana. Symbol of all sweetness,
the honey of knowledge creates the happiness of mankind.  
In modern psychoanalytical thinking, honey symbolizes the "higher self",
the ultimate consequence of work on one's inner self.

Vanishing of the Bees:
The bee population of North America and Europe is now in serious decline, 
which threatens disaster to our food crops as they are dependent upon the bees to pollinate them.
The increase of commercial agriculture with its use of pesticides and destruction of wild plants and flowers
upon which the bees forage upon contributed to this problem.
Since this nearly year-long investigation first began, thousands of beekeepers around the globe have 
come out of the bee yard and admitted to the same problem, with some reporting losses of more than
90 percent of their colonies.
And there are no dead bees to be found.

So why are the bees dying now? 
This question merits a lengthy and well thought out response which covers massive
differences of opinion among scientists, farmers, beekeepers and government agencies.
With this crisis comes an opportunity for growth and change.
As the bees die, some people are exacting more sustainable approaches to living.
Biodynamic and organic farming are on the rise and a host of alternative beekeeping methods
are coming into fruition...

... So learn, take action and drive change.

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