What Is Bee Shamanism?
The honey bee has lived with humans for thousands of years. According to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, there was an amber fossilized of the world’s oldest known bee. The amber itself has been dated to be 80 million years old, but the bee itself might be more than 65 million to 135 million years old. This is due to the fact that the animals that produced the amber came from a family of early crawlers.
Some scientists believe that bees are as old as the first known flowers. Bees and flowers have a very special relationship. These little insects help pollinate most if not all known flowering plants. There are fossil records of leaves, flowers, pollen, and bees together. Bees have been producing honey, and pollinating flowers even before humans ever existed.
So how did our ancestors get the idea of gathering and eating honey?
There are couple of theories. Some say our ancestors were always in the trees, and happen to find hives there. Other scientists believe that old hives would drop to the ground and would have honey burst open.
Although they might argue how our ancestor were able to get the idea of eating honey, they all agree that it wasn’t only honey that early humans found useful.
They know that we also took part in eating the pollen, propolis and even eggs of the bees. Some native aboriginal people today in some parts of the world still eat directly from raw hives.
With this diet of bee by-products people got sick less often, and the benefits of these wonder foods, were used by kings, pharaohs, and emperors throughout history.
In ancient Greece, people thought that bees were the products of a mystical marriage between hornets and the sun, that was approved by God Olympus.
Many ancient and religious texts mention the honey bee as the helper of man. From the Bible, the Talmud, the Torah, and the Koran, and the scrolls of China, writings of ancient Rome, legends of the Russian people, and even in the book of Mormon, all talk about how nutritious and beneficial honey and pollen is for people.
No wonder a type of bee religion developed. This bee religion is called bee shamanism. Some say this worshiping of the bee and hive started in medieval Europe. But according to one professed Bee Shaman, he says that bee shamanism developed concurrently throughout the world. Although, there is no centralized organization of bee shamans, bee culture developed in America, Europe, China, and Africa.
Characteristics of this interesting “religion” also known as “Path of the Pollen”, is the worship of bees and living in harmony with the hive. As you can probably guess, most of these Bee Masters are bee keepers. They eat most if not everything the bee produces. For example, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and the bee honey combs.
There was a recent study done on German bee keepers, and it found that most of these people were older than a hundred years. On close study of their eating habits, it was revealed that they ate raw honey, which is very rich in pollen, and propolis.
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