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MensajeTema: Gene Kritsky, The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt:    Sáb Dic 12, 2015 11:41 pm

Gene Kritsky, The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt: 'Egypt with a sting in the tale' - book review
'The Egyptians believed that when Re, sun god and creator of the world, wept, his tears turned into bees upon hitting the ground'


If beekeeping in ancient Egypt strikes you as an off-puttingly obscure subject for a book, you need to be apprised of two facts. First, the Ancient Egyptians were, as far as we know, the first people to practice organised apiculture, the earliest records dating back to the third century BC. 
Second, Gene Kritsky, the American entomologist who is an authority on the subject, has a cultural approach that makes this short book engaging and accessible even to non-melittologists (melittology being the study of honey bees – but, of course, you knew that already). 
The Egyptians believed that when Re, sun god and creator of the world, wept, his tears turned into bees upon hitting the ground. Honey was thus regarded almost as the tears of the gods, an origin myth that befit its value. Before the discovery of sugar cane, it was the chief sweetening agent, and an important antiseptic.



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MensajeTema: Re: Gene Kritsky, The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt:    Dom Ene 24, 2016 12:48 am

muy interesante, gracias por compartir
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