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Well it is spring and most of us are probably teaching pollination in some form or another.
No matter where you teach, you are probably talking about bees as major pollinators. In ancient Egypt, honey bees were thought to be the tears of Ra, the Sun god. The honey bees flowed from his eyes, flew to the earth and delivered special messages to the humans.
When the Sun weeps a second time, and lets fall water from his eyes, it is changed into working bees; they work in the flowers of each kind, and honey and wax are produced instead of water.
pSalt 825, first millennium BCE
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