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Thurible - Talisman Pendant

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$66.00

My latest Talisman Pendant is called Thurible.  I'll explain the name in a moment.


Ingredients:
Lampwork by Kelleys Beads 
Freshwater pearl
Gold plated pyrite
vintage copper filigree
brass chain
brass gypsy bell - bells are used in many religions to ward off bad spirits and bad luck, as well as to open the mind to new ideas. I love the sound of them and feel it is a gentle reminder of staying present.

Chain is 18" brass. Pendant is 2.75" from the top of the jump ring that runs on the chain to the bottom of the bell.

Just when you think you can't bear another horrible event happening in the world there are 5 more. This has been a stressful and trying year for many. I think we need some magic.

The first time I saw a Thurible was in The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. A priest walked down the main aisle swinging this elaborately jeweled incense burner. It was so Old World to me since I wasn't raised in a church that used them. I felt like it was some good magic to chase away the bad swirling in the air around us.

I've been fiddling with this piece for weeks, but it wasn't until this week that I knew what I wanted to create. Then I did some research and found out that the burning of incense rite is defined in the Old Testament. However, they've been used long before that to chase bad spirits away.

According to Matthew D. Herrera in "Holy Smoke - the Use of Incense in the Catholic Church":
"Incense was a highly valuable commodity in ancient times. A gift of incense was something to be prized. The trading of incense and spices provided the economic basis for the famed 1,500-mile-long Middle Eastern Incense Route, which flourished from the third century BC to the second century AD. This route was traversed with caravans of camels beginning in Yemen, crossing Saudi Arabia and Jordan and ending in today’s Israeli port of Gaza. From this port, incense, spices, and other valuable goods were then shipped to Europe. The route made it possible for citizens of the Roman Empire to enjoy the perfume of incenses like frankincense and myrrh, the flavors of different exotic eastern spices, and crucial salts for cooking and preserving food.

"The use of incense in religious worship predates Christianity by thousands of years. First in the East (circa 2000 BC in China with the burning of cassia and sandalwood, etc.), and later in the West, incense use has long been an integral part of many religious celebrations. Incense is noted in the Talmud, and the Bible mentions incense 170 times. The use of incense in Jewish temple worship continued well after the establishment of Christianity and certainly influenced the Catholic Church’s use of incense in liturgical celebrations."