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Originally posted by SquirrelNutz
reply to post by RiverRunsFree
Wow. You are either bat-# crazy, or right on the #ing money.
In his book Notes on Virginia the early American statesman Thomas Jefferson discussed how the Honeybee arrived in North America;
"The honeybee is not a native of our country. Marcgrave, indeed, mentions a species of honeybee in Brazil. But this has no sting, and is therefore different from the one we have, which resembles perfectly that of Europe. The Indians concur with us in the tradition that it was brought from Europe, but when and by whom we know not. The bees have generally extended themselves into the country a little in advance of the settlers."
Jefferson’s theory is intriguing, and not inconsistent with the Mormon legend of the Jaredites Honeybee migration.
Originally posted by cuopar
After reading through this I wonder if the "group mind " is just science fiction
"and he that will so demean himself, as not to be endeavouring to add to the common stock of knowledge and understanding, may be deemed a drone in the hive of nature, a useless member of society, and unworthy of our protection as masons.”
Originally posted by pacifier2012
A huge post of the symbolism of a bee and you forgot one important fact before you rambled on and on.
The symbol is not a bee, it's a beehive. A beehive symbolizes storage of something valuable needed for living.
End of symbolism.
Originally posted by ipsedixit
Question for the OP (or anybody): Did you uncover any relationship between bees and flies in your researches? Could they have been used interchangeably, or was a differentiation made between the two insects?
Wasn't one of the old Sumerian or Babylonian gods known as "Lord of the Flies"?
For example, the Sumerian stele below is one of many believed by alternative history writers to depict figures of alien origin. However, more measured interpretations believe that this scene, and others like it, depict the worship of the Mother Goddess, manifest as a Queen Bee or Bee Goddess; a figure who is frequently adorned by her followers - the Bee Priestesses. Again, this should not be viewed as unusual, for honey was regarded by Sumerian physicians as a unique and vital medicinal drug. In fact, it has been suggested that the Sumerians invented Apitherapy, or the medical use of Honey
Sumerians appear to have been the first to depict winged figures in art, including humans with wings. Might this symbolism be attributable to worship of the Bee Goddess? Could the Bee have been the inspiration for winged figures of all kinds?