When I was a child in England my mother always had a tin of Lyle’s Golden Syrup in her kitchen, she used it in her baking and desserts and also for spooning into my mouth when I was too raucous or running in circles craving sweetness. I remember it looking similar to honey although not tasting as good.
But it was the drawing on the tin and the words under the drawing that really fascinated me. Was the lion dead or only sleeping? Was the cloud of insects a swarm of flies or bees or what? Were the insects real or was the lion dreaming them? And what could the words possibly mean?
And what, oh what , you foodies out there, do the words, “Partially Inverted Refiner’s Syrup” mean?
Wikipedia informs me that, “Out of the strong came forth sweetness” is a reference to the Biblical story in chapter 14 of the Book of Judges in which Sampson was traveling in search of a wife. During the journey he killed a lion, and when he passed the same spot on his return he noticed that a swarm of bees had formed a comb of honey in the carcass. Samson later turned this into a riddle at a wedding: “Out of the eater came forth food and out of the strong came forth sweetness”.
Now, I know and love riddles but to call this a riddle is sweetly unfair. A true riddle needs to be able to be solved by wit and intelligence. However; the answer to Sampson’s ‘riddle’ could only come from someone who was with him when he found the honeyed lion, and, as far as I know, he was alone. Any other riddlers out there? If so – am I right about this one?
If you want to know why I have used photos of mother lions with cubs – read the words on the tin again…”Out of the strong…”
Now here’s a real riddle, easy-peasy but the answer is appropriate to my sun sign : Give me food, and I will live; give me water, and I will die. What am I? Can you solve this?
What’s your favorite riddle? – send it in and see if we are able to solve it…
This series of posts are a repeat celebration of my astrological sun sign, Leo, in words, images and music…Please see #1 for more detail.
“She’s alright with me…”
All photos credit to Wikipedia and Google Images. First Lioness and cub photo thanks to lightworkers.org / Lioness licking cub photo thanks to amazinganimalphotos.com / Third lioness with cub photo thanks to aurich.com / Final lioness and cub photo thanks to animalpictureplace.com