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Incenses, Resin

Flowers in My Garden


I don’t feel like writing a poem,

Instead, I will light the incense-burning vessel

Filled with myrrh, jasmine and frankincense,

And the poem will grow in my heart

Like flowers in my garden.

~According to a student of Hafis (15th century A.D.)

Violet and Company took about a year off, maybe a little more, while I remade our webstore.  Now it is finished and the happy time of writing on the blog is back.  This week we will start a series looking at frankincense, one of my favorite resins.

Here is a fun frankincense fact-during the times of the Pharaohs, the ancient Greeks and the Romans, most people didn’t know where frankincense and myrrh came from.  Many stories floated around such as they were guarded by winged serpents.  These things were held in secret in order to allow the countries where the frankincense and myrrh trees grew to have a monopoly on the market, making the resin trade very lucrative for them.

Photo of Ethiopian Frankincense tears

Ethiopian Frankincense  at Violet and Company

 

Rizzi-Fischer, Susanne (1998) The Complete Incense Book. Sterling Publishing, New York.

Photo by Violet and Company Incense

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