Seiffener Volkskunst Incense Scents
H90311495Regular price $5.95
The history of incense candles is not exactly known. A very plausible version goes back to the reformation of the catholic church by Martin Luther. The burning of incense in the church was used as a ritual to drive away evil spirits but also unpleasant odors. It was also found that incense had an antiseptic and circulation promoting effect. In the protestant church this ritual was not allowed. The production of incense candles is attributed to the silver mining in the Erzgebirge. The miners in this region blessed their work equipment and themselves with incense before starting work or entering the pit in order to be protected from danger while working. For many generations it had been the custom of the miners to take self-made incense candles underground into the mine. After the decline of silver mining in the Erzgebirge, people looked for other sources of income. Thus they found a valuable raw material in the abundant wood of the Erzgebirge forests, from which many practical household aids, toys and especially decorative articles such as Christmas pyramids, candle arches (called “Schwibbogen”) and smoking figures were made. This is the origin of the Erzgebirge Christmas tradition.
1 Pack / 24 Pieces
Country of Origin: Germany