Photographer's Note

Incense sticks laid out to dry, arranged in colour. Every colour represent a fragrant, e.g. sandalwood, cinnemon or jasmin. Don't ask me which is which. The lady of the shop knows.

Incense sticks (or "joss sticks") are mainly used for religious reasons, to be burned at temples and all kinds of shrines. Some shop owners start the day by lighting a joss stick (or two) hoping it will bring them good fortune. They are also really good to keep the mosquito's away, but it would be a shame and disgrace to use one of these really beautiful (and nice smelling) ones for that.

Incense, incidentally, comes from the Latin verb "incendere", which means "to burn".


THIS PICTURE was shot near Hue, somewhere on the road to visit the Imperial Tombs surrounding the city.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2778 W: 35 N: 5592] (29926)
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