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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Aristaios, the beekeeping God

The winged Aristaios, detail from Greek amphora 540 BC

Αρισταίος (Aristaios – Aristaeus), a god in Greek mythology, was the son of god Apollo and the huntress Cyrene. When Aristaios was born, Pindar sang and god Hermes took him to Gaia to be raised on nectar and ambrosia in order to become immortal. While growing up the Myrtle-nymphs taught him how to tame the goddess's bees and keep them in hives… that he in turn taught the ancient Greeks, thus he became the patron god of beekeeping… glorified by mankind.

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