Bees as messengers of love

 

In the old days it was said among the Zemis that if you tied a hair from your head to the leg of a certain small wild bee and turned it loose to go to your loved one, it would, wherever he or she was, and the loved one would know the hair as a love-token. This is a very old traditional belief, no more than “we have heard the old men say that….”

At Bara Nenglo one of my Tangkhul servants caught a bee and declared he was going to tie a hair to it and send it to the girl he was shortly going home to marry. Namkia exclaimed that it was an old, old Zemi custom, and here was another Naga from a country they had never even seen using it in the middle of the same road. Surely indeed it was true that all the Nagas were one people and all came from the same place! He was much struck with it and embroidered on the theme for some time.

16.3.1940 by UG Bower (Extracted from Note Book by UG Bower)

 

Note: Even I have heard the same story from my parents and others too. It is said that bees were used to send the love message in antique. – Thohe Pou

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