An Agarwood Bouquet

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Dense.

This photo was taken in a small roadside shop near Huế, Vietnam.  These incense sticks are hand-rolled by the shop owner from ground-up agarwood. The color (mixed with agarwood) is hand-applied to a few inches at the end; each color contains a pleasant natural scent.

iBallRTW incense sticks
Incense Sticks

Incense is burned as an offering to ancestors and gods; this practice is called thurification.  The smoke is a form of communication and spiritual food.  Multiple sand-filled pots are placed near temples, shrines, and other sacred places for holding the incense sticks upright as they burn.

Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/8 sec, 35 mm

 

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