Monday, 17 March 2008

BEES AND LUCK


This afternoon, one of the school peons, Encik Shukri, drew my attention to a swarm of bees who has decided to nest on one corner of the roof of the Reading Pavilion outside the library. Aiyah! Bees. They sting and are harmful. The next course of action was that we would inform the senior assistant about the matter and he'll request help from the fire department.
Stings aside, do you know that in many cultures throughout the world, bees are believed to bring either good or bad luck.
Here are some beliefs about bees that I found from the Internet:
Some people believe that if a bee flies through your window, then it is a sign of good luck. It might also indicate that a stranger will come knocking on you door. Ah ha, there is a catch here. It is good for the bee to come to the house, but if the bee dies in the house, that means bad luck.
A swarm of bees settling on a roof is an omen that the house will burn down.
If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant. Bees have often been regarded as wise and even holy insects, having foreknowledge as well as knowledge of many secret matters. In antiquity they were sometimes divine messengers, and their constant humming was believed to be a hymn of praise. Because of their status it is still considered unlucky in some places to kill a bee. If a bee flies into the house it is a sign of great good luck, or of the arrival of a stranger; however, the luck will only hold if the bee is allowed to either stay or to fly out of the house of its own accord. A bee landing on someone's hand is believed to foretell money to come, while if the bee settles on someone's head it means that person will rise to greatness. They were once considered to deliberately sting those who swore in front of them, and also to attack an adulterer or unchaste person; it was once held to be a sure sign that a girl was a virgin if she could walk through a swarm of bees without being stung.
Source: Vanessa's Pagan Place Folklore Page
A swarm of bees settling on a roof is an omen that the house will burn down.
All the above are beliefs and superstitions. For the sake of safety, I think it is best to get the experts to "shoo" them away. It is no fun being stung by hundreds of bees.

2 comments:

Think And Be Inspired said...

Bees landed and nested at the back of my mum's tree. After a couple of weeks, she won the lotto. The bees were definitely good luck for our household.

Mike Hunt said...

I think bees stand for luck in many cultures. In my culture, it is believes if bees are buzzing around you, you will get money. Well they sting you, then you are not so lucky right? :)