Yucatan Photo of the Day – Maya Bee Keeping – A dying art

The Art of Mayan bee Keeping

The Maya cultural practice of bee keeping dates back thousands of years. The ancient Maya used honey then the same way the modern Maya use it, as a sweetener, antibiotic, and as an ingredient in fermented spirits. Unfortunately, this art of animal husbandry is fading away due to loss of habitat for the bees and the young Mayans’ loss of interest in carrying on the tradition.

Read about chicle, another agricultural tradition of the Maya that has faded into history.

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