Joss Sticks- Ghost/ Spirit Money Incense -Burned for Wealth and Prosperity.
Joss Sticks-When incense sticks were first introduced to the West, they were called joss sticks. The word "joss" seems to have originated from the Portuguese word for god, Deus. Chinese sometimes still use that expression, although it has taken on the meaning of luck or auspiciousness.
The Chinese have been using incense to assist in communicating with the supernatural as far back as 2,000 BC! Apparently, early Chinese used aromatic herbs and other plants, such as sandalwood, to burn. However, although these are called incense, today it is common today to use a non-fragrant material in the joss sticks which are used for prayer purposes. It’s not the fragrance that’s important in the ritual so much as the smoke given off by the joss sticks as they burn. The smoke rises upwards, carrying the prayers to the gods or ancestors. There are fragrant incense sticks and these can also be used for praying.
Joss sticks are commonly used throughout the Chinese diaspora and among others who have been influenced historically by Chinese cultures, such as the Koreans and Japanese. The smaller sized joss sticks are used on family altars and on a daily basis when an individual prays to a deity. In larger, more public settings, such as at a temple, there will also be extremely large joss sticks. These are also often ornately carved or painted.
You will receive 1 tube filled with 400 offering joss sticks.