Informing Bees Of A Death In A Family

: Welsh Folk-lore

Formerly it was the custom to tell the bees of a death in the family.

The head of the house whispered the news to the bees in the hive. If

this were neglected, it was thought that another death would soon follow

the previous one. Instead of speaking to the bees, it was the custom, in

some parts of Wales, to turn the bee-hive round before starting the

funeral. This was always done by the representative of the family, and
/> it also was thought to be a protection against death.

Mrs. Jones, Rhydycroesau Rectory, informed me that an old man, David

Roberts of Llanyblodwel, once came to her in deep grief, after the

funeral of his grandchild, because he had forgotten to turn the bee-hive

before the funeral started for the church. He said that he was in such

distress at the loss of the child, that he had neglected to tell the bees

of the death, and, said he, some other member of the family is now sure

to go. He informed Mrs. Jones that he had turned the hive at the death

of his old woman, and that consequently no death had followed hers in his