Chinese Incense Ceremony

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Banja Luka [Time]    2018-11-06 13:16:33 
 

On September 22nd, 2018, the Confucius Institute at the University of Banja Luka organized activities to celebrate the Confucius Institute Day.

From 13:00 to 14:00 was the session for Chinese incense ceremony, which attracted a large crowd to watch and ask questions about the incense burning.


Incense ceremony performance

The Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Banja Luka started the ceremony by giving a brief introduction on incense, in which she mentioned that in China incense usually made from natural plants, especially woods and herbs, is traditionally used for religious ceremonies and ancestor veneration and in daily life for its great smell or its medical functions to prevent and cure diseases. The use of incense (Chinese: 香; pinyin: xiāng) dates back to Neolithic times with it coming to greater prominence starting from the Xia, Shang, and Zhou dynasties.

She also said that in ancient China, the educated people regarded the activities involving Guqin, Weiqi, calligraphy, painting, poem, liquor, flower, incense and tea as the top 9 honorable ones to show their status as these 9 illustrated perfectly how the appreciation of beauty could be applied in daily ordinary activities.


Introducing incense powder

Then she introduced two types of incense powder and she explained that the incense powder was a mixture of more than 200 herbs to prevent and cure different diseases. As to these two, one was really effective to help people to calm down and one is really good for eye diseases.

After the introduction, she started to perform incense ceremony by showing and using the tools, such as incense spade, incense spoon, incense burner, etc. and invited the audience to smell and appreciate.


Appriciating the Smell

The audience was impressed by the magical smell and effect of the burning incense and said that in the Republic of Srpska, they also have a tradition of treat diseases with herbs.

 
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