Mankind has known the symbol of a bee from rock paintings since the late Stone Age.
The bee, in contrast to many other images of insects, is exceptionally positive symbol which has no negative meaning.
Many ancient nations considered bees either divine beings, or creatures that accompanied Gods.
Bees’ ability to fly long distances in search of nectar and to find their home a long way off it aroused admiration among people who regarded the bee as the representative of souls, that has connection with the sky.
Early Christians associated the bee with the image of Virgin Mary. Sometimes this creature was a personification of Holy Spirit, as well as, a symbol of protector. The bee also symbolized Christ's resurrection and immortality, therefore honey and bee sting were associated with Christ's grace and sufferings.
According to Hindus different locations of the bee on images (the blue bee on a forehead, on a lotus or above a triangle) symbolized gods Krishna, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. In ancient Greece people believed that souls of dead Aphrodite’s (the goddess of love) priestesses became bees. The queen bee often symbolized supreme power of matriarchy, the Mother Goddess.
Such harmonious, developed and well-ordered system as a beehive was compared to all communities where existed supreme power, whether it was Egypt pharaohs’ authority, or Europe monarchs, or emperors of Indochina. The bee was a symbol of royal power in France, which was embroidered on Napoleon’s clothes.
Bee’s honey was a basis of Ambrosia, that considered a drink of Gods. During a thousand years ordinary people has been using bees in order to get honey and other bee products for food and treatment. Even bee stings (in certain doses) are healing and give health and longevity.
In Africa and Australia bees are regarded as protective talismans - totems.
In the modern world the bee symbolizes:
- -work and obedience;
- -organizing skills;
- -sociability and cleanliness;
- -modesty and bravery;
- -dedication and wisdom;
- -morality and order;
- -thrift and eloquence (« hone- speech »);
- -diligence and purposefulness;
- -protection and immortality;
- -hope and goodness.
Bee tattoo are very good to get on a body, especially for people who want to find a good job. Also people like to have such tats because they looked brightly and effectively, thanks to a combination of black and yellow colors. There is an opinion that colorful bee tattoo can quickly change life of its owner to the best. But the black-and-white version of tattoo, owing to skills of artist, can be as good as color one.
In any case, bees tats always have very positive impact on its owner.
The most widespread tattoo with this insect is the image of the bee that flies above the flower, because in this case it is possible to give free rein to person’s imagination about beauty and shape of the image.