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“A Swarm in July”: Beekeeping Perspectives on the Old English Wið Ymbe Charm

By Lori Ann Garner and Kayla M. Miller


This exploration of an Old English charm against a swarm of bees (_wið ymbe_) augments and complements prior work on this enigmatic text by bringing knowledgeable and experienced beekeepers _directly_ into the discussion. Based on insights gained through sharing the text with them and inviting their reactions, this essay offers a highly collaborative and genuinely interdisciplinary interpretation of both the charm’s ritual instructions and the poetic incantation

Topics: Folklore, GR1-950, Chinese language and literature, PL1001-3208
Publisher: Center for Studies in Oral Tradition
Year: 2011
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