Bees (was Trolling)
juliette at harvestroad.com
Thu May 19 04:05:38 EDT 2005
Yes, the bee thing is a genuine folk belief. People who kept bees
believed they had to tell the bees when major events happened in the
family, especially deaths. If they did not, the bees would stop making
honey or leave the hive.
In "Lark Rise to Candleford", Flora Thompson described an old woman
giving her bees the news after her husband had just died. She knocked on
the roof of the hive and said "Bees, bees, your master has died and now
you must work for your mistress". This happened around 1890, I think,
and Thompson said the old woman was doing it in all seriousness, not
just as a cute folk tradition. Flora Thompson lived in or near Oxfordshire.
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