Love the idea…but there are not many incense bearing trees in China …frankincense and myrrh come from mainly around the Horn of Africa- Somalia, Ethiopia, Dhofar….not a sign of ’em in ancient Beijing:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure- dome decree
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea,
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossom’d many an incense-bearing tree:
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
0r, a vision in a dream
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Xanadu- did a fabulous city need to be walled? Was it to keep dreams in or barbarians out?
The Holy Bible is full of animal sacrifice. (Indeed some religions still practice the ritual slaughter of animals )
We did this when we became more”civilised,” replacing human sacrifice with animal life (although in some cases, as with the Wicker Man of the Druids, both species were consigned to the flames!)
When we became even more civilised we replaced animal life with plant life. Good incense (such as that from Baiedo Japan) is made purely from natural flora (roots, saps, balsams, woods…).
So here as promised is my take on AMBERGRIS
Well having passed the 42 post mark I should celebrate with something with just a slight connection to the Hitchhiker’s guide to the Universe…and that’s SPACE! What kind of aromas are up there awaiting our delectation? Here’s one thought:
Beware of alien plants
I have this painting on the wall at home (not the original of course!) and it’s always puzzled me. Salavador Dali had some kind of obsession with Noses and lips (check out the perfume bottle) but in this case the obsession seems to be with mushrooms- and psychedelic ones at that. Maybe that’s where Senor Dali got his inspiration