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Bees are linked with magic, love, industriousness and creativity. The bee features in much folklore from around the world. Bees show up in human art forms almost as soon as mankind learned to create them. Bees of all kinds were thought to have special knowledge and the ability to tell or see into the future.
The bee, found in Ancient Near East and Aegean cultures, was believed to be the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld. The Kalahari Desert's San people tell of a bee that carried a mantis across a river. The exhausted bee left the mantis on a floating flower but planted a seed in the mantis's body before it died. The seed grew to become the first human.