Ancient Bee Facts
Our oldest written records come from the civilization near the river Euphrates, what is now southern Iraq. They were written on clay tablets. In the Songs of Songs, written around 2000 BC honey was used for the first time as the synonym of love by the extatic bride of the king Shu Sin.
In ancient Egyptian poetry honey was used also as a symbol of love. In the few poems written between 1100 and 2000 BC and transmitted into our times honey is mentioned twice. The following is an excerpt from the book Love Songs of the New Kingdom, by John L. Foster, 1992
Your love has penetrated all within me
Like honey plunged into water,
Like an odor which penetrates spices.
When her little sycamore begins to speak
The murmor of its leaves
Drips honey in the ear
Its fragrant words taste sweet
her own hand, as soft and delicate as lotus.
In ancient India honey was worshiped in many scriptures. In the Vedas, created 1000-1500 BC we find in the Rig Veda, 1:90:6-8:
Let every wind that blows drop honey
Let the rivers and streams recreate honey
Let all our medicines turn honey
Let the dawn and evening be full of honey
Let the dark particles be converted to honey
Our nourisher, this sky above, be full of honey
Let our trees be honey
let the sun be honey
Let our cows secrete honey