Hilda M. Ransome





Hilda M. Ransome



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“Droughts especially appear to have accompanied the spirits of the dead in bee-form, and for this reason the honey offering was almost always customary in rain-magic, and the power of predicting rain was attributed to the bee.”
Hilda M. Ransome, The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore
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“The siren heralds a friend, the bee a stranger.”
Hilda M. Ransome, The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore
tags: bees

“Lady Gregory, in a note to her play Aristotle’s Bellows, writes:

Aristotle’s name is a part of our folklore. The wife of one of our labourers told me one day as a bee buzzed through the open door, “Aristotle of the Books was very wise, but the bees got the best of him in the end. He wanted to know how they did pack the comb, and he wasted the best part of a fortnight watching them doing it. Then he made a hive with a glass cover on it and put it over them, and thought he would watch them, but when he put his eye to the glass, they had covered it with wax, so that it was as black as the pot, and he was as blind as before. He said he was never rightly killed until then. The bees beat him that time surely.”
Hilda M. Ransome, The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore

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