Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Incense and oils are made from aromatic raw natural materials that can bring about a calming, sensual, alluring, and spiritual affect when the scent enters the olfactory channels or is daubed on the body. Indeed, the smell of highly fragrant incense and oil in the nostrils can induce an elevated mind and spirit. This entry traces the history of incense to Kernet and, in particular, to religious practices there. Various fragrant herbs, flowers, fruits, gums, plants, resins, roots, seeds, and trees can be cut up, ground, dried, and soaked to become powder, stick, cone, and oil products. The use of fragrances from nature may have dated back to prehistory, and the attractive scents may have been discovered serendipitously during the burning of uniquely attractive scented wood, when people encountered exceptionally pleasant-scented dehydrated plants and roots or found alluring scented live flowers. The people of Kernet (ancient Egypt) were masterful in ...