The hunting of human for honey started at least eight thousand years ago and can be proven true by a cave painting in Valencia, Spain showing two honey-hunters collecting honey and honeycomb from a wild bee nest. The figures are described carrying baskets or gourds, and using a ladder or series of ropes to reach the wild nest. This is one of the many fun facts about the sweet history of honey; on how it played high roles in the lives of kings, queens, ordinary people, priests and more as provided in the following texts.
The oldest remains of honey have been found in the country of Georgia. Archaeologists have found honey remains on the inner surface of clay vessels unearthed in an ancient tomb, dating back some 4,700 to 5,500 years. In ancient Georgia, honey was packed for people's journeys into the afterlife, and more than one type, too – along for the trip were linden, berry, and a meadow-flower variety.
Ancient Uses of Honey
Honey is used for embalming the dead by Western people in ancient Egypt. It was likewise used to sweeten cakes, biscuits, and was used in many other dishes. Most especially, honey or Min was offered to the fertility god of Egypt, Min.
Documentations of spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in ancient India was found in both the Vedas and the Ayurveda texts, both composed at least 4,000 years ago.
The work of many Roman authors like Athenaeus, Cato and Bassus mentioned the use of honey as a sweetening ingredient in Roman recipes. This is due to the absence of sugar that honey was used in place of it.
The art of beekeeping and the significance of the quality of the wooden box for beekeeping that can affect the quality of its honey were mentioned in the book on Golden Rules of Business Success written by Fan Li or Tao Zhu Gong. The art of beekeeping in ancient China has existed since time forgotten and appears to be barely discernible to its origin.
People of ancient Mesoamerica likewise cultivated honey of which they consider the bee as sacred. The Maya used honey from the stingless bee for culinary purposes and actually go on with doing so up to this date.
Honey proved to be essential even for the people of golden days for its many practical health uses. It was used to replace ointments for treating rashes and burns and also to help soothe sore throats when there are no other practices available.