Italians on Comb

The Hebrew for bee is dbure, from the root dbr, meaning ‘word’…indicating the bee’s mission to reveal the Divine Word, the Truth.
The ‘truth’, a message from above, was thought to be passed on by bees in their honey so that the elect could express the truth in scholarship and poetry. Accordingly, bees were supposed to have settled on the lifps of Plato, Pindar, and the well-named Saint Ambrose of Milan as children… the women of the Ivory Coast and Senegal still rub a baby’s lips with honey as soon as it has uttered its first cry of fury at being born…
There is still an Eastern custom whereby a spoonful of honey is poured into the palms of a newly married couples’s hands. They must lick it off for each other as a sign that they will now take all their food together, and it is said to ensure that the husband will not lift his hand to his wife except to caress her, and none but loving words will spring to the wife’s lips – not just during the aptly named honeymoon but forever after. –A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene that uses what this reading teaches about the symbolism of bees.

Journaling Prompt: Write about bees and the feelings they create in you.

Art Prompt: Bees

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the symbolism of bees.

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