Tibetan incense has been around for thousands of years in Nyêmo County, Tibet.

Updated 2016-04-22 10:51:20 China.com

Tibetan incense has been around for thousands of years in Nyêmo County, Tibet.

 Working process of making Tibetan incense

An able man always has amazing skills. In general, it is awful for one person to own an achievement, but outstanding people always beyond our reach. One thousand and three hundred years ago, Sang Buzha who born in Tibet is skilled in both arts and science. After becoming a qualified founder of cultural communication, he invented Tibetan incense which is a thing belong to science or medical field. As his hometown, Nyêmo County is well-known as three wanders, including Tibetan incense, Tibetan paper and engraving production.

“Incense culture” is a big topic. Incense culture, tea culture and flower culture are always mentioned together and spread around the world. Japan is deeply influenced by these cultures and even inherits the custom of Tang and Song dynasties. According to some documentations, import of aromatic in China reached up to 100,000 kg in Song Dynasty, accounting for 1/4 of the  imported goods in our country. Large amount is astounding.

Tibetan incense has been around for thousands of years in Nyêmo County, Tibet.

Statue of Sang Buzha 

Tibetan incense has been around for thousands of years in Nyêmo County, Tibet.

Waterwheel rubs the cypress wood in order to make pelitomorphic of cypress.

Tibetan incense has been around for thousands of years in Nyêmo County, Tibet.

Bricks made of pelitomorphic of cypress

The original place of Tibetan incense, Tuanba village, lies a river, called “the water of ahimsa”. Wood sign at the entrance to the village records the history that Sang Buzha invented a wooden waterwheel in order to grind up fragrant cypress as the raw material of Tibetan incense. He was in a burst of benevolence when he saw fish hanged in the waterwheel. So Tibetan Saint, Sang Buzha, set a stone tablet, writing “Fish mustn't be into this river.” It seems that fish can understand his intention, because there is no fish in the river for thousands of years. Traditional  raw material of Tibetan incense has a lot, but normally Cypress trunks and Elm trunks, then adding several Tibetan medicine and flavouring together and rubbing including saffron, sandalwood, shuianxi, eaglewood and caokou,etc. There is difference in Tibetan incense between used in Buddhand and used in room. For example, some Tibetan incense has effect of tranquilization, adding different Tibetan medicine according to use and effect. For example, Tibetan incense in Tunba village is based on cypress which take from Nyingchi from ancient times. It will be ground up by waterwheel and made of square tiles to store up.

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