Spotlight Friday: incense

Incense belongs to the Christmas time for me like German gingerbread.


History of Steinbach “Rauchermen” (Smoker) For five thousand years, incense, like gold, spices and gems, has been among the most precious gifts of kings and emperors. It has also been closely connected with religion. The bible says in Matthew 2, verse 11, about the journey of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem: “and opened their treasures and offered him gold, frankincense and myrrh”. The festivity of the Three Wise Men is still celebrated in Germany on January 6.

Christian and Germanic customs together with superstition made people believe that the evil spirits of the “Raunaechte” (longest nights of the year) could be driven away by noise and light. Once the devils and evil spirits had left the house fine incense was burnt to bless hearth and home.

The old sign: C+M+B

is also today written in chalk over the front door would be the magic spell that keeps all evil away throughout the year.

After the 30 years-religious-war (1618-1648) that was fought in the heart of Germany medieval piety and folk art combined to bring about new forms of burning-incense. Thus, the “Rauchermen”, carved and turned from wood, were born in the Miriquidi Forest, later known as the Erzgebirge. Over the years all kinds and types of Rauchermen were designed: respectable and professional people, folk characters, heroes and forest workers. (

These are mine, wow, I must be burning quite a bit of incense, all the dust around their feet.

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And one of them is in desperate need of repair. He will not go back together probably anymore. The men are 20+ years. The nice mushroom was a gift from a wonderful friend. Her shop:

so let’s see what I can find when I type incense into the search bar at

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Evil Be Gone / Espanta Muerta Incense Evil Spirits, Hauntings, Ghosts, Negative Energy: Hoodoo Wicca Pagan Santeria Voodoo Conjure
by ArtOfTheRoot

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Wood Oud Agarwood Oodh Royal Bakhoor Incense Burner fragrance 1 oz
by Mohavy14

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Wild Mountain Sage – Incense, Smudge Sticks, Purification, Sacred Herb by OrientalMermaidSkincaresShop

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Faerie House Handmade Pottery NightLight / Fairy Garden Ideas / Incense Burner / Fairy House with Blue Roof / Christmas Village by IntheShadeoftheSycamoreTree

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Woodstock 100% Natural Makko Incense Cones with No Salt Peter or Charcoal by ElementalAromatics

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Steam train incense burner by Artbug

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Incense Sticks Orange Cream 20 Pack Double Dipped Highly Fragrant
by SensualScentsations

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Myrrh Incense Resin
by BrushCreek

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BuffaloTotem Incense, Voodoo, Hoodoo, Conjure, Mother Earth, Father Sky, Connection, Protection, Abundance, Sacred, Wiccan, Pagan, Hoodoo
by honoringmotherearth

ah, it smells so good.  Right now I have Christmas flavor going. Do you burn incense? What is your favorite flavor?


4 thoughts on “Spotlight Friday: incense

  1. I’m not a fan of incense. I used to like it, but nowadays it gives me headache if it is burning for too long.
    Still some great finds!


  2. cyvonneh

    I have never thought about the history of the incense burner…thanks for the info and for featuring my Fairyhouse Incense burner in this great collection


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