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Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore.

Author: Hilda M Ransome
Publisher: Dover Publications, 2012.
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No creature has provided man with so much wholesome food as the honey bee. Equally impressive is the number of beliefs and superstitions the industrious insect has inspired. Its honey, which was known to the ancient Greeks as the?food of the Gods,? played an important role in early religious rites and was also mentioned in the folklore of many peoples. Hilda Ransome's well-documented and copiously illustrated study  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Folklore
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hilda M Ransome
ISBN: 1306339936 9781306339933 9780486122984 0486122980
OCLC Number: 868272405
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; TO THE READER; PREFACE; Table of Contents; Table of Figures; CHAPTER I --
EARLY TIMES; CHAPTER II --
ANCIENT EGYPT; NOTE TO CHAPTER II; CHAPTER III --
SUMERIA, BABYLONIA, AND ASSYRIA; NOTE TO CHAPTER III; CHAPTER IV --
INDIA AND CHINA; CHAPTER V --
THE HITTITES, WESTERN ASIA, AND CRETE; CHAPTER VI --
THE HEBREWS AND MOHAMMEDANS; CHAPTER VII --
BEEKEEPING IN GREECE; CHAPTER VIII --
BEEKEEPING AMONG THE ROMANS; CHAPTER IX --
BEES AND HONEY IN GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHS; CHAPTER X --
THE "OX-BORN BEE"; CHAPTER XI --
HONEY IN GREEK RELIGIOUS RITES; CHAPTER XII --
THE FOOD OF THE GODS. NOTE TO CHAPTER XIICHAPTER XIII --
BEES AND HONEY AMONG THE GERMANIC AND SLAVONIC PEOPLES IN CENTRAL EUROPE; PART I --
HISTORICAL; THE BEEHIVE OF THE ROMISHE CHURCHE; CHAPTER XIV --
BEES AND HONEY AMONG THE GERMANIC AND SLAVONIC PEOPLES IN CENTRAL EUROPE; PART II-MYTHS AND FOLKLORE; CHAPTER XV --
FINLAND. THE KALEVALA; CHAPTER XVI --
THE BRITISH ISLES; CHAPTER XVII --
THE BRITISH ISLES; CHAPTER XVIII --
CUSTOMS AND SUPERSTITIONS IN FRANCE; CHAPTER XIX --
FOLK-STORIES FROM VARIOUS LANDS; Why is the Bee Black, and why is it making Honey?; Making the Earth Smaller. Why is the Bee Black, and why has it a Narrow Waist?Why the Bees Avoid Red Clover; Why is the Wasp the Gipsies' Bee?; A Mongolian Story.; Bees from Egypt.; A Lithuanian Folk-tale.; CHAPTER XX --
THE BEE IN AMERICA; CHAPTER XXI --
RITUAL USES OF MILK AND HONEY; CHAPTER XXII --
PRIMITIVE PEOPLES OF TO-DAY; INDEX.

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No creature has provided man with so much wholesome food as the honey bee. Equally impressive is the number of beliefs and superstitions the industrious insect has inspired. Its honey, which was known to the ancient Greeks as the?food of the Gods,? played an important role in early religious rites and was also mentioned in the folklore of many peoples. Hilda Ransome's well-documented and copiously illustrated study of bees focuses on this valuable byproduct of nature and its creator -- the "sacred" bee. Chapters cover the folklore of bees and bee culture -- from Egyptian, Babylonian, Chinese, Hittite, and other ancient sources as well as practices in modern England, France, and Central Europe. Thirty-five plates of rare black-and-white illustrations depict bees, hives, and beekeepers as they appear in ancient paintings and sculpture, on coins, jewelry, and Mayan glyphs; and carved into African tree trunks. Folk stories from Finland and the bee in America are also described. Hailed by The New York Times as possessing an "oddity, beauty, and broad scholarly interest," this unusual book will attract a wide audience -- nature lovers and folklore enthusiasts included.

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