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Burning fragrant herbs and resins is an ancient form of bloodless sacrifice, from Latin sacer, meaning “holy” or “sacred” and facere, “to do”, “to make”. Incense was burnt in temples, on altars of gods, inside homes, during burial ceremonies and so on. The goal was often to appease the deity. Sometimes incense was inhaled for reaching an altered state of mind and performing oracles. Homes and barns were cleansed from negative vibrations and diseases with the smoke of burnt herbs. Incense was also used to cover the stench of death and to appease the souls of the recently deceased, as well as to contact the dead. Venific herbs and other unusual ingredients were employed by sorcerers as incense and potions to enchant, bind and curse. Black magical grimoires called for certain incense recipes to coerce, bind, conjure or exorcise spirits and demons. Shamans inhaled the smoke of certain herbs to exit the material realm and communicate with the spirit world and the dead. Today incense is still burnt in many traditions and religions to soothe the spirits, cleanse places and create a positive atmosphere. Of course incense is also burnt simply for its fragrance and as an aphrodisiac.
Teufelskunst incense blends are composed of potent herbs and quality resins. In order to use them you will need an incense burner (also known as censer or thurible), warmer or cauldron.