‘I’ Is for Incense

‘I’ is for Incense

incense burner

Incense is an aromatic substance that’s burned to produce a fragrant scent. The word “incense” is derived from the Latin word for “to burn.”  Incense has been around since ancient times — it was used in religious rituals in ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Greece. Over the centuries and into the present day, people throughout the world have used incense for a variety reasons. Incense is often a component in religious practices from remote indigenous religions to traditional organized religions. It is frequently used in households to counteract bad or disagreeable odors.

 

Good sense, innocence, cripplin’ mankind
Dead kings, many things I can’t define
Occasions, persuasions clutter your mind
Incense and peppermints, the color of time

Incense & Peppermints
The Strawberry Alarm Clock, 1967

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