When we see that honey and bees are found in the spiritual beliefs and practices of ancient cultures, we understand that the connection between bees and humans is thousands of years old.
Bees and spirituality
Hindu mythology speaks of the goddess Bhramari Devi, who was fighting demons when she turned into a black bee. Swarms of black bees emerged from her body and covered the entire world, stinging all the demons just as a community of bees will sting those who disturb its hive.
The sound made by the bees is said to live in the heart chakra and protect us from negativity. The buzzing of a swarm has been called the sound of the universe that connects us to everything in the world.
Greek mythology speaks of three bee nymphs who could read signs in nature and use them to see the future. They taught this skill to Apollo, who became the god of healing, music, and prophecy.
The relationship between people and bees has not always been a spiritual one. Ancient Romans used bees in war. Bee hives were placed in catapults and launched at enemy soldiers.
Romans loved to drink enormous amounts of alcoholic beverages. It is very possible that some of them had spiritual experiences after drinking mead and honey wine while celebrating a military victory.
But our connection to bees isn’t limited to eating honey and drinking mead because bees also greatly affect our planet.
Would our menus be boring if bees didn’t exist?
Professor Joergen Tautz is a German expert on bees. According to him, “bees are more important than poultry in terms of human nutrition.”
You can buy many bee products from your local beekeeper that serve many health benefits. Bee pollen tablets for example aids as an energy enhancer. Bee pollen is also known as a skin soother, aids the respiratory system along with the immune system, the cardiovascular system and the prostate. Bee pollen is even known holistically for healing addictions and inhibiting cravings by suppressing impulses.
Vegetables and fruits make up a third of all the food we eat. Pollinators like bees make the growth of that food possible.
When bees carry powder-like pollen from one flower to the next, the resulting fertilization leads to things like raspberries, green beans, and vanilla.
Global issues writer Anup Shah refers to bees as “crucial agricultural workers” as he blogs about biological diversity and shows that biodiversity is not just about the food we eat.
The Earth needs a wide variety of plants and animals to be healthy. As pollinators, bees play a significant role in maintaining that biological health.
So it is in our best interest to keep bees safe from dangers like pesticides, the destruction of natural forests, and maybe even cell phone towers. But a basic danger to bees returns every year: winter.