Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

I122. Pleiades - beehive. (.11.) .

Pleiades are a beehive, a nest, a cluster of bees or wasps.

(Wed. Bantu-speaking Africa. Fioti [Pleiades - "ants"]: Pechuël-Loesche 1907:135).

The Balkans. Bulgarians (southeast, 2 entries) ["beehive"]: Mladenova 2006:115; Hungarians ["beehive"]: Lehmann-Nitsche 1933:284 in Mladenova 2006:115; Hungarians [Orion-Kosci Belt, but also Crane, Plough, Beehive]: Lehmann-Nitsche 1935d:284.

Central Europe. Russians (Yekaterinburg) ["Axis Nest"]: Ruth 1987:36; Ukrainians: Mladenova 2006 ["apiary"]: 115; Chubinsky 1872 (Podolsk Gubernia, Litinsky Uyezd) [the constellations have the following names: "voz {Ursa Major}, kvochka {Pleiades}, chepiga {Orion Belt}, mowers {Orion Belt}, wench carries water {Orion Belt}, apiary {Pleiades}, cross {Swan?} , morning and evening zornitsy "]: 14.

Volga - Perm. Mordva [The Pleiades are a swarm of bees and the village where Velen Pas lives in his glass palace]: Svyatsky 196:121.

NW Amazon. Barasana [the Dolphin constellation is the body of a corpse-bundle) killed by a swarm of wasps, sometimes identified with the Pleiades; she fell to the ground, came to life, married a mortal, and took him to heaven, her husband was killed by a snake star; the chain of stars nearby is the vine they climbed]: S.Hugh-Jones 1982:188.

(Wed. Montagna - Jurua. Kanamari [caiman's jaw is Taurus (i.e. clearly Hyades), the Pleiades are a scorpion, they determine the beginning of the year]: Carbalho 2002:286).

Southern Brazil. Mbia ["forest honey bee chiefs are on the Pleiades"]: Cadogán 1950:332.