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The Honey Tragedy – Adapted from an ancient Guyana Amerindian myth – By Peter Halder

The Honey Tragedy

(Adapted from an ancient Guyana Amerindian myth)

By Peter Halder

Mead, a drink made from honey, was a favourite of the Gods of ancient mythology. The overpowering yearning and taste for honey by an Amerindian maiden at Tiger Hill, Upper Demerara River, led to tragedy in her life.

Lutu Alstrum was the only daughter and child of a Macushi Amerindian couple who lived at Grassfield, some 40 miles south of Linden. When she was born, for whatever reason, she refused to suckle on her mother’s breasts. A family member suggested to her mother to put honey on her breast nipple. Lutu loved the taste and so was able to feed on her mother’s breast milk. There was no honey available at Grassfield, it was brought from time to time by family and friends from a Sacred Grove of medicinal trees located at Tiger Hill. A huge honeycomb on a golden coloured leafy tree in the centre of the Grove, dripped honey. No one saw any bees around.    Continue reading