BEES: Part I
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So, bees and honey and beekeeping are important to several different gods so I'm going to need separate posts (we'll be looking at Zeus, Aristaeus, Hermes and Melisseus/Melissa) but today we're actually going to start it all off by talking about some traditions surrounding bees and honey as a nice little background.
Honey was often called the food of the gods (ambrosia) and was often used (is still used) as a standard offering. Not only was honey used to nurture some gods when they were babies being raised in the wilds (Zeus, Dionysus, Aristaeus) but many philosophers and poets were said to have been touched in the mouth by honey because of the sweetness of their words. There is a legend that says Plato was found as a baby with bees just all over his mouth (they didn't have the Candyman story back then so this is a testament to the sweetness and purity of his words and not just...objectively terrifying).
Many ancient Greeks believed that honey was in fact star fall (in that it fell at night from the stars) and was collected from the flowers by bees which is a fact we're going to put a pin in and circle back around to when I do the post on Hermes and bees so just make a note of that. (the Hermes post is absolutely going to sound the most like conspiracy theory level wild exposition so strap in early for that one I get a little feral when talking about Hermes).
Bees themselves were often seen as tiny little messengers and a bridge between this world and the world of the dead.
The latter idea came from the fact that bees often made their nests in the openings of caves and near rivers, both of which have strong connections to the entrance of the underworld and also because it was a common belief that bees would spring from carcasses (we'll talk about that in the Aristaeus post).
The messenger aspect comes from the belief that a triad of nymphs who had the heads of women and the bodies of bees were the ones who taught Apollon and Hermes divination. For once a direct quote will be helpful because I cannot paraphrase it better
"From their home they fly now here, now there, feeding on honey-comb and bringing all things to pass. And when they are inspired through eating yellow honey, they are willing to speak the truth; but if they be deprived of the gods' sweet food, then they speak falsely, as they swarm in and out together." [Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 550]
So, keep bees happy or they will lie to you. Which, fair
We'll stop there for now, more bee content coming soon because I want to keep these posts at like...a reasonable length. I think Zeus and bees will be the next post because he sets things up nicely.
okay i have spent like two hours looking for a really specific bees fic that i read like two (three? [four? time is fake]) months ago and i really liked it but forgot to bookmark it and i'm looking for it and i cannot. CANNOT. find it because for some reason i'm putting all the tags in i assume it would have and have turned up short in every respect. so now i turn to the audience for help.
it's a fic about blake becoming a smokejumper after she and adam cause some widescale (mostly unintentional [on blake's part anyway]) arson in her Youth, and she meets yang ruby nora and weiss during the training stage. they all graduate and team RWBY work together leaping into forests and clearing the way to stop full wildfires. blake and yang have the big dokis and all that jazz. then adam shows up, threatens yang, tries to kill her, blake panics and go to sun and neptune's to hide away who then convince her to go BACK to RWBY and apologise for being a clown. also it's a modern au set in america. also there's background schneekos and seamonkeys. i remember this well.
i have tagged for all of the above and found nothing can someone PLEASE tell me if this fic is fucking real or not i feel like im going NUTS,
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