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Pushing Daisies: Biciulyste

This passage about bees comes from a book called Lithuania: Past, Culture, Present (Baltos lankos 1999). The English translation is awkward, but it still contains glimmers of interesting informatio...
  • Jennifer Moore

    Austeja Lithuanian Bee Goddess

  • Mary P Brown

    AUSTEJA is the Lithuanian Bee Goddess with whom some interesting rituals are connected. It was believed that bees chose their own homes according to how generous the farmer was; when a queen hived off, the people followed until she set up a new location, after which the two families were considered linked through "biciulyste", a kind of kinship-via-bee. Neither bees nor honey could be bought or sold, because they were gifts, not products. The Lithuanian language had several words for "death", one of which was used for both bees and people. If a dead bee was found, it was buried in the Earth, not left unburied. Austeja's feast was in August, and the festivities were believed attended by dancing bees. (from Patricia Monaghan)

  • Genie Knudstrup

    romuva Austeja

  • Lisa McPike Smith

    AUSTEJA is the Lithuanian Bee Goddess with whom some interesting rituals are connected. It was believed that bees chose their own homes according to how generous the farmer was; when a queen hived off, the people followed until she set up a new location, after which the two families were considered linked through "biciulyste", a kind of kinship-via-bee. Goddess, connected to deep friendship, order within the family unit, strong work ethic, hospitality, and the sun.

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