Photographs show 44-year-old Sara Mapelli covered from around the waist up in honey bees on her naked body. While most people would cringe at the thought, Sara says it’s something she enjoys quite regularly.
Hailing from Oregon, Mapelli allowed photographer Holly Wilmeth capture the scene of her enjoying her strange passion, which would make just about anybody take a step back and say “no way.”
Mapelli is both an artist and a beekeeper and started seeing how the bees would react to her naked body back in 2001. Since then she has enjoyed allowing them to crawl on her while she does a ritualistic dance that she believes is a form of meditation.
“I think of this dance as a duet among many. These 12,000 bees push with their powerful wings from each side of my body, I resist and then I let go and flow and move with them.
“It is a deep meditation and I feel the hive mind surround me, hold me, and expand my body on a cellular level,” she says on her website.
To get the 12,000 or so bees to stay on her body she uses a natural pheromone oil that attracts them. She places it on her neck and the bees swarm because to them it has the scent of 100 queen bees.
Once they’re attached to her she dances around for up to two hours at a time, thinking that she’s helping the “plight” of the bees.
“I really want people to understand that they don’t need to fear nature.”
After she finishes with her odd ritual, she has a helper remove the oil from her then she does a quick jump and they all come off. After that she uses a light brush to remove any stingers that may have been left behind.
She says that initially it’s extremely painful as the bees have to cling to her armpits, hair, breasts and chin, and that she also gets stung quite often while dancing. However she says that the pain is worthwhile because she believes she’s helping the plight of the bees.
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