Photographer's Note

Set beneath the peaks of the Rif Mountains lies the powdery blue city of Chefchaouen, with it's delightful winding streets and laid back atmosphere. Amongst the market stalls is where I found these colourful cones of incense.

Since the dawn of civilization mankind has used incense for numerous reasons among them medical and spiritual practices. With the discovery of fire, the use of incense naturally followed. In fact, the word incense comes from the Latin verb incendere, which means “to burn”.

The burning of incense was practiced throughout the ancient world. Countries such as Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Arabia, Egypt, India, Greece, and Rome all used incense extensively as early as 3000 B.C.

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