What religion does burning sage come from?
Smudging with Sage
Incense is still used today in the Roman Catholic Church and other religions for purification. Native elders teach that the smoke of dried sage clears negative energy and restores harmony.
What were the sages in the Bible?
The function of the sage is non-specific and the least institutionalised of leadership roles in Israel. It is a generic characteristic and not confined to one group of people. All persons skilled in some trait or profession possess wisdom of some sort: craftsmen, potters, builders, farmers (Isa 28:23–29).