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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Superstitious Saturday Bees

Superstitious Saturday Bees

Here we are in beautiful spring and many people’s thoughts are turning to the outdoors - especially now when many of us are sheltering at home. So although this superstition isn’t related to the performing arts, it is an interesting one.

Telling the bees is an ancient tradition, believed to come from western Europe. It also appears in the Appalachian mountains of the U.S. And it is just what it sounds like: talking to bees.

To keep their bees producing, farmers would talk to them, telling them all about the human goings-on every day. They believed this passing of information was critical for the bees – without it they wouldn’t produce honey.

This superstition also involved keeping the bees informed of life’s milestones from birth to death. If a death occurred in the family, the beehives had to be draped with black fabric so the bees could mourn. Otherwise, they would perish too.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstitious Secret #204:
“Telling the bees is a superstition from western Europe.”

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“Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.”
― John Muir

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