The Adorable Custom of ‘Telling The Bees’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

The Adorable Custom of ‘Telling The Bees’

There was a time when almost every rural British family who had beekeepers followed a strange tradition. Whenever there was a death in the family, one had to go out for the hives and the bees had to report about the terrible loss that caused the family to suffer. Failure to do so often leads to further loss such as the release of honey bees, or production of enough honey or even death. Traditionally, bees were not only informed about all important family matters including deaths, but also long absence due to birth, marriage and travel. If bees were not told, then all kinds of disasters were thought of. This strange nature is known as "telling the bees".

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