12.14.2008

little brownies, little brownies, your mistress is dead

From The Museum of Jurassic Technology, we learn that:
The practice of telling the bees of important events in the lives of the family has been a widely observed practice for hundreds of years. Although it varies somewhat among peoples, it is invariably a most elaborate ceremonial. The procedure is that as soon as a member of the family has breathed his or her last breath, a younger member of the household (often a child) is told to visit the hives, rattle a chain of small keys, tap on the hive and whisper three times:
Little Brownies, little brownies, your mistress is dead.
Little Brownies, little brownies, your mistress is dead.
Little Brownies, little brownies, your mistress is dead.
A piece of funeral crepe is then tied to the hive and after a period of time funeral sweets are brought to the hives for the bees to feed upon. The bees are then invariably invited to the funeral and have on a number of recorded occasions seen fit to attend.

1 comment:

Debra said...

My brother spent half a day at that museum and couldn't stop raving. There's a book about it: Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder. I've never been there. Wish I had.

Cheers to the dogs, kidz, RocketGirl and, um, ah, clem...