Photographer's Note

Religious use of incense has its origins in antiquity. Many religious traditions have contended that burning incense is good for the soul.

The burnt incense may be intended as a sacrificial offering to various deity or to serve as an aid in prayer. Incense holds an invaluable role in East Asian Buddhist ceremonies and rites as well as in those of Chinese Taoist and Japanese Shinto shrines. It is reputed to be a method of purifying the surroundings, bringing forth an assembly of buddhas, bodhisattvas, gods, demons, and the like.

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