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From the very beginning, bee has appeared as one of the most important insects in nature. We cannot deny its role in agriculture and culture as well, as they live and exist throughout our history and always bring about the good things to people, especially honey bees. Since bee and honey relate closely to human’s day-to-day life. It does become an essential part in people’s lives, especially in the Eastern culture, Buddhism and Hindu.
Bee features in Jewish tradition a lot, as a custom, people often dip the apple into honey to start the meal on Rosh Hashanah evening with the wish of a good and sweet new year. As sweet food implies positive symbols for the new year.In Torah, Jewish eat many products from honey and milk on the Shavuot day, then they organize the Giving of the Torah.Israel has been described by Gods like a spacious and lush land flowing with honey and milk, it means a abundant, nourishing and fertile land. In the Midrash, an old commentary on Hebrew Scriptures clearly states that milk represents for the nourishment, wealthy and superior quality, wheres, honey symbolizes for sweetness. Furthermore, Honey belongs to one of the Meals praises Israel’s “Seven Species” together with other fruit and grain. Actually, in all the species before, honey is the culmination.
In a story, the heavenly manna raised the Jews in 40 years in a desert like the fried honey pastry. Bee also presented in the mighty Samson story after he killed a lion and saw a swarm of bees in its belly with their honey. In some countries, people often use raw honeycomb since in Hebrew word “raw” means “chai” which is also interpreted as “life”, written in the Book of Life is the wish of Rosh Hashanah, thus honey gives people a sense of meaningful life with sweet and fresh.
Pastry and bread fried in honey are also known as the ancient food in these countries. Honey cake has become indispensable in the eve of Yom Kippur, rabbi and sexton give honey cake to congregation with the hope of a sweet wealthy year. Begging for a honey cake is a custom to pose a hope that this will be the last time we have to beg, then a self-sufficient and independent upcoming year will come.
2.Bee in Buddhist Culture
In the Buddhist legend, during the retreat of Gautama Buddha, he was fed and protected by both an elephant and a monkey. The monkey did not only protect him from fierce animals but also brought honeycomb and fruit to him. After Buddha took the gift, as happy as the monkey was, it jumped from one tree to another then fell down and died. Due to the kindness of the monkey, it was reborn immediately by the Buddha. It is assumed to happen in the full moon, celebrated on the 10th lunar month in the full moon period. This is also known as Madhu Purnima or “honey full moon”, the alms include honey and other foods. As a result, honey bee has become a vital food on these special days, with the meaning of sufficiency, sweetness, and generosity,which brings about the good things to people for those who are goodness and always think about helping others in difficult situations.
3.Bee in Hindu Culture
The Hindu gods were often associated with bees. The gods Vishnu, Krishna, and Indra were called Madhava – the nectar born ones and their symbol is the bee. Vishnu is represented as a blue bee upon a Lotus flower. Where Vishnu steps a spring of mead appears and Krishna is depicted with a blue bee on his forehead. Besides, the Hindu bee Goddess Bhrami (meaning bees) emitted the buzzing sound of a bee and resided in the heart chakra. In Vedic chants, this buzzing humming noise is emitted regularly. May Hinduc today believe that honey will bring health, strength, happiness, and wisdom. Therefore, they often put honey on sacred altars as a gift to God.
Bee appears before humans and they do bring about many great things to humans lives. They go with our history from the past till now. Their appearance is not only in our daily life but also in our culture to fulfil our life, and they are in people’s bible, cuisine and clothes and house decoration too, which give us a sort of pleasure in our normal days. Visiting our bee collection, you can choose many best gifts for your friends, family and even your lovers, and do not forget our discount code: HA10 for 10% offfor our first customers.