We cannot think to perform any ritual activity without the incense stick. It is the material that connects us with God. Incense is composed of aromatic materials called biotics (originated by living beings – in this case, plants) that release fragrant smoke when burned. “Incense” refers to the substance itself, rather than the smell it produces. It has a use in religious ceremonies, purification rituals, aromatherapies, meditation, to create a mood, and to mask some lousy odor. The forms of fragrance have changed with advances in technology, differences in the underlying culture, and diversity in the reasons for burning it.
Types Of Burning
The two main types can generally divide into “indirect burning” and “direct burning.” Indirect-burning incense, also called “non-combustible incense,” requires a separate source of heat, as it is not capable of burning. Direct-burning incense also called “fuel incense,” is lit directly by a flame and then spreads; the embers of the scent will burn and release the fragrance. Examples of direct-burning incense are incense sticks (incense), cones, or pyramids.
In rituals of the Catholic Church, the use of incense, as well as many other elements involve the human senses. Moreover, the person can get involved in the prayers and can feel peaceful because of the presence of incense smell. In this way, the primary purpose of using incense in mass is to symbolize the prayers of the faithful rising to God. That is, the use of incense is a symbol of worship. The mosaic ritual uses scent in sacrifices, along with other perfumes. Also, there is the use of altar fragrances in which incense burned in the morning and in the afternoon. Christians early adopted the use of incense. In Jerusalem, in the fourth century, it was already used in all high offices.
The burning of the incense connects us with God directly. It is meant that by the pleasant smell of the incense, God becomes happy and people assume that He listens to their prayers. The first formal documented example of using scent comes from when they used incense made up of herbs and plant products. It is the main reason why Indian incense is considered more fragrant than Chinese.
The incense stick is to put in the holder made up of metal or wood. The holder of the incense stick comes in a different shape, size, and color based on the choice of the user. Sometimes the holder also has the picture or images of different holy places or God, goddesses. There are different types of incense sticks available in the market at different prices. The buyer buys with their choice of fragrance like a flower or any other scent. In ancient times, when there was no room spray available, the people use to burn incense sticks and to put in the house for the pleasant fragrance. The incense stick doesn’t have any high price. It comes at a very reasonable rate, which anyone can buy easily in their budget.