bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Utah, bees, beehives & mormons

A bit more on why Utah, the US state, has a beehive as its motif (first post here):

... the root of the Utah obsession with the beehive is Mormon iconography, in which the beehive is a symbol of the Kingdom of God, a harmonious society ruled by the Creator. That is why the beehive appears on door knobs in the Salt Lake LDS Temple under the inscription, “Holiness to the Lord.” That is why Brigham Young called his home the Beehive House. And that is why the beehive found its way onto the state flag and state seal.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you manage to pull all of that out of? The beehive simply represents industry. Ever heard of the phrase "busy as a bee?" The Latter Day Saints believe that they should always be busy and involved in good causes.

1:02 am  
Blogger Turlough said...

Dear Anon

It came from the sources indicated.

But I wonder if the busyness metaphor really holds. Recent research suggests bees aren't that busy after all. See

10:05 am  
Blogger Samuel said...

The tribe of Dan...look it up. It's the reason for the bees.

3:34 am  

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