Bees have fascinated humans since time immemorial and have long been associated with fertility, joy, feminine power, teamwork, growth, industriousness and the sweeetness of life.
In ancient Egypt, bees symbolized the lower Kingdom of Egypt and in later times the united kingdoms of Egypt. It is said that the first bees were formed from the tears of Ra as they fell upon the desert sand.
In ancient Greece, bees symbolized industry, hard work and obedience to competent leadership as well as prophecy. Bees appeared in Mycenaean tomb decorations, and some tombs were shaped like beehives, leading one to speculate that bees may have been viewed as psychopomps or messengers of the dead, or even that the human soul transmuted into bee form after death.