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Honey Burial

by hughpierre



  1. As they near the end of their lives, the elderly give up all food and drink save for honey. Going so far as to bathe in it for what number of days remain to them.
  2. Then, when the finally die, they are laid to rest in stone coffins dug at the foot of the honey towers and futher filled to the drim with more honey; where they remain at rest for 100 years.
  3. By the end of that time, the body would have decomposed and mixed with the honey sitting in their bodies prior to their death and that are constantly being replenished by literal rivers of honey seeping into the stone.
  4. The honey infused corspe is then cut up and distributed as a medicinal remedy for wounds, fractures and only a little consumed for internal issues.

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Honey is magic.
Honey is the most effective, and often only, cure for a number of ills. It is prized as a thing worthy of worship. Recipes for salves and other treatments use the rare but nearby honey varients as bases for dealing with ulcers, jaundices, vomitings and stresses.


Honey People

Elderly people who knew their ends were approaching, were expected to sacrifice themselves for their descendents.   Rather then dying from old age, their all-honey diet would be what proves to be fatal; with even their feces and sweat smelling of honey.
After a sufficient amount of time had past; the healers, shamans, hedge witches, apothecaries, and all around honey hunters, revere honey as sent from the gods.   With the human confection bearing specific properties for healing.

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Item | Feb 15, 2024

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Dec 15, 2021 01:11 by Keon Croucher

I hit the like....I need to know where this idea came from tho. This is just....weird and strange and I love it so much. Like its self mummification with honey?!? And then others will eat it?!? I'm confused, intrigued, a little bit put off, in a good way written wise. All in all I just....what? I need further context and understanding!!

Keon Croucher, Chronicler of the Age of Revitalization
Dec 16, 2021 02:50

Thanks. This was a practice said to be done in 16th century China and Arabia to turn bodies into medicine. The high sugar content dried out microbes which allowed the body to maintain its shape for longer as the result of the expectant putrefaction dissolved into the surrounding honey.

Jan 12, 2022 16:55

Well done on this one, never thought I would see this in writing, this reminds me of the Egyptians and their love of honey that they used it to embalm their dead and as remedies. This is quite the stand out.

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Jan 12, 2022 22:47

Thanks. The Egyptians were a partial inspiration that led me down this road.   In the future, I'd like to go into greater detail of the different types of corpse honey and what they do.

Jan 16, 2022 16:13 by E. Christopher Clark

I never would have thought about honey as magic before, but I totally do now! Great use of visuals and brief but potent paragraphs to get your point across.

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Jan 17, 2022 04:08

Thanks. I'm glad it could open new lines of thought.

Jan 27, 2022 21:49

Congratulations on this post! I love how you have taken familiar elements like honey and mummification and given them this twist. It has definitely expanded my views on fantasy. I am also very impressed by the images! How did you get them?

Jan 30, 2022 20:39

Thanks for your comment.   The images are pieces of artwork I thought reflected the contents and are credited at the bottom.