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Frankincense
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I. Religious Studies – II. Liturgy

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The custom of making olfactory sacrifices to the gods as heavenly beings dates from at least the 4th millennium bce (Egypt. śnčr = “to smoke; to perfume,” lit. “to deify”). However, frankincense, of which there is no evidence in the Mediterranean area before the 8th century bce, should be distinguished from all other types of incense. There was a growing demand for frankincense until the first century ce. This subsequently dropped, and in the 4th ce…

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Knauf, Ernst Axel and Kunzler, Michael, “Frankincense”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_224102>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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