Contemporary flaming rituals can be regarded as the origin of Chinese incense culture.
Around three thousand years ago, as people encountered natural disasters of all sorts, they would resort to flaming rituals to pray for safety and great harvest. The so-called flaming rituals refer to the process, in which people gather clothing, sacrifices, jade, and fragrant herbs and burn them altogether with an aim to sending the gods their wishes via the smoke and aroma.
Yet, as time goes by, such a ritual has been fading. People no longer connect to higher consciousness, big nature, or even their own hearts. In one sense, we forget to thank the heaven and mother earth for everything we have got, and thus, when such a vital mindset is ignored, what we have is vanity only!
This year, we attempt to awaken people’s memory of incense. Therefore, we set an altar with cherry blossoms and put grains, pine twigs, cedar, and so on in the incense burner. The ingredients are abundant, auspicious, and holy signs. As everyone bends over and dumps in the pine twigs into the incense burner, he simultaneously inflames blessings for himself and interacts with the ancient beings, the heaven, and mother earth!
Through flaming rituals, we express our sincerity and humility and we can hopefully bring out the kind human nature we are born with in the atmosphere of incense!