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The History of Incense

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In the ancient world, incense was used as a way to create pleasant smells for religious ceremonies and other rituals. The earliest evidence of incense use is documented in pottery from Sumer (modern-day Iraq) dating back to 6000 BC. Over time, various cultures around the globe developed their own unique traditions for using incense. For example, Hindus often burn it during puja rites while some Buddhists use it in meditation practices. Early incense was made from aromatic gums, roots, flowers, and spices. These were burned on a charcoal fire to create smoke. This practice dates back as far as 4500...

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