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Order of the Red Rose - Ritual Fumigation



Order of the Red Rose - Ritual Fumigation


From the earliest antiquity, incense has been the means most used by man to offer his prayers to divinity. The main meaning of the word "incense" is lit, infused. By extension is defined as incense any substance that, burned, spreads a thick and fragrant smoke.


Historically, the main substances used as incense were resins such as Olibano, Mirra, Benzoin but also aromatic woods and bark, seeds, roots, herbs, and flowers. Anthropologists hypothesize that the use of burning resins and fragrant herbs goes back to the first fires of humanity. The ancient people most famous for the use of resins is definitely the Egyptian one. In Egypt, for example, there were many recipes of incense, all equally considered "sacred" and handed down secretly from one priest to another, one for each ceremony.


The greater spread of incense, however, occurred in the East.In the Hindus, in fact, has been used since ancient times.In Japan is considered a pillar of the Shinto ritual. The early Christian church used it to symbolize the rise of the prayer of the faithful and to honor God and the saints.


By the Romans, however, the use of herbs and resins during the sacred ceremonies was so massive that the Catholic sect, once recognized by Constantine, decided to limit as much as possible the use of incense to stand out from the pagan cults .
However, today the use of the Orbanum survives during the celebration of the Eucharist, a use dating back to the Proto-Christian communities and, most probably, linked to the symbolism of the gifts brought by Magi to baby Jesus.

The incense, in its many variations, was in fact used as much for medicinal purposes as for devotional purposes, both in the area of the Mediterranean basin, both in the regions of the Mesopotamian lowlands, and in the Iranian plateau.The Native North Americans were extensive use of Salvia and Cedar.


The liturgical use of incense has been attested since the earliest times in order to convince the gods that the aromas could be appreciated not only of the burnt offerings produced by the sacrificial victims but also of plant products.In the Gospel according to Matthew it was one of the gifts brought by the Three Wise Men to the Child Jesus. According to tradition, it symbolizes the divinity of Christ. According to the Bible, the offering of incense is a sacrifice of sweet fragrance whose good odor reaches the nostrils of God.


However, the homeland of the incense can, rightly, be considered Japan, because it is there that the incense has become an Art.Introduced in the sixth century by Buddhist monks, who used the aromas considered sacred in their purification rites , the delicate scents of «Koh» (high quality incense) In the period of the Shogun, in the XIV century, the samurai warriors used incense to perform a ritual of preparation for the battle. Finally, in the Muromachi period between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the elegant art of incense spread to the upper and middle classes of Japanese society becoming Koh-Do, "the way of incense", constituting for a long time the food spiritual itself of Japanese culture.


Types of incense.

Mecca balsam, bergamot, cinnamon, gardenia, sandalwood, myrrh, olibanum, lotus, acacia, benzoin, cinnamon, honeysuckle, cypress, heliotrope, lemongrass, jasmine, sandalwood, magnolia, mastic, mimosa, orchid, vanilla, violet, juniper berries, cedar, cypress, galbanum, geranium, lavender, lemon, lotus flowers, patchouli, pine, clover, verbena etc.


In the rituals of the order fumigation is a subjective practice and practiced at the discretion of the initiates. Each ritual practice must be accompanied by fumigation






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