The Divine Origin of Bees

Metallic Blue Halictid BeeBees have been around at least as long as humans, if not longer ,and during that time,bees have been revered world over, not just due to the liquid gold, honey, that that they produce. From where they originally came, no one is certain, however the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that they where made by the gods themselves and sent into the world to be little divine messengers and helpers.They have been making a buzz and through out culture, myth and folklore ever since.
As much a telltale sign of spring as the last frost and the return of Robins, you know that spring has indeed arrived when the bees come out to busily inspect the first colorful flowers of the season. Due to this they were often associated with the gods and goddesses of spring and vegetation. Many goddesses were referred to as Melissa meaning “queen bees” ,and the female followers “melissae”, meaning bees, male followers were called “essenes” meaning drones. Demeter was one such goddess, as she was believe by the ancient Greeks to hold dominion over the return of spring and summer growing seasons, as well as grain crops. To the Pythagorean culture, bees were worshiped as the goddess Aphrodite’s sacred creature.
This association was not just with the goddesses, as many gods were part of the bee story as well. Humans and bees were thought to have been created together, from the tears of Egyptian solar god Ra. The god Jupiter was kept hidden by his mother Rhea from his child devouring father Saturn by entrusting his care to a swarm of bees whose humming drowned out the sound of the infants cries. The god Zeus has a similar story were he was raised and fed by bees until old enough to challenge his father as raining ruler of Olympus.
The Greeks and Romans weren’t the only ones who revered the bee. In India, Bhramari Devi is a bee goddess, and some of the Hindu gods, such as Indra,Vishnu, and Krishna,were considered “ nectar born ones” often symbolically represented as bees perched on a lotus flower or thought to appear as a swarm of bees in times of danger. The sound of a bee humming sound of a bees buzzing, referred to as“bhramaran”,is emulated in Vedic chants due to the belief that the humming of bees represents the essential underlying sound of the universe.