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 Incense was burned in the Bible?
The ingredients are detailed in Exodus 30:34, where Moses is tasked with making incense: Take fragrant spices – gum resin, onycha and galbanum – and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts.
What does the burning of sage symbolize?
The ritual of sage burning has its roots in Native American tradition. Today, people burn sage and other holy herbs to cleanse a space or environment of negative energy, to generate wisdom and clarity, and to promote healing.
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).