In certain communities, incense burning is supposed to drive away demons and evil spirits. On the other hand, it is used while devotees seek blessings from higher powers through conducting prayers and supplication.
There are those who believe that mystical aromas are burnt as a purification rite and also to express ancestor veneration.
Holding a similar point of view, a large segment of believers think a room filled with aromatic incense distributes ‘spiritual grace’ among the faithful.
During ‘spiritual’ meetings and gatherings, the incense and aroma is believed to lend and enhance ‘sanctity’ to the intention, event and occasion.
In Japan, incense made from sandalwood is considered as one of the most calming ingredient and lends itself well to meditation and spiritual exercises.