Myths, Legends and Folklore About the
About The Bee
In early traditions bees were believed to have
originated in paradise and were known as "little servants
of Gods". It was considered bad luck to kill one.
In Wales a bee buzzing around a sleeping child means the
child will have a happy life and a virgin can always walk
safely through a swarm of bees.
The Romans believed a swarm of bees was bad luck and that
they were divine creatures which originated directly from the
According to legend the first beekeeper was Bahus (god of
wine), who domesticated them during his travels in
Jupiter was said to have been fed and protected by bees when
he was hidden in a grotto by his mother Rea, on Ida
Bees are symbolic of sexuality, chastity,
fertility, purity and care. They are also considered to be
an image of a human soul due to their natural ability to
find their way home from great distances.
In ancient times it was believed that bees were attracted to
the sounds of clanging metal and thus bees were associated with
the love of music.
The Hindu gods Vishnu, Krishna and Indra were referred to as
"nectar born ones" (Madhava) and were often represented as bees
perched on a lotus flower.
The Egyptian sun god Re was believed to have created bees
and humans from his tears. Burying the nobility in honey was a
common practice in Eygpt as a form of embalming the dead. The
Eygptians also placed bees and honey in tombs as offerings to
spirits of the dead.
Mead or honey wine is one of the oldest alcolholic beverages
in the world and was drunk in countries such as Ireland,
Ethiopia, India, Germany and Greece. Because mead was believed
to be the drink of immortality, bees were legally protected in
A long believed myth about bees is that they do not sting at
night, which in fact is incorrect ,they will sting at anytime
Bees, supposedly being capable of "virgin births" , became
symbolic of the Virgin Mary.
St Ambrose of Milan is the patron saint of beekeepers and it
was said that as a child, his father found the sleeping
boy covered in a swarm of bees.