Telling the Bees

Telling the bees painting

The Bee Friend, by Hans Thoma, via Wikimedia Commons

I learned about the tradition of “telling the bees” when their keeper has died from Johanna Sinisalo’s sad and beautiful book The Blood of Angels. JSTOR has a fascinating article about the history of the tradition.

“Bees, bees, awake! Your master is dead, and another you must take.”

found on Miss Cellania

~ by lolarusa on October 9, 2018.

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