Smudging is traditionally a ceremony for purifying or cleansing the soul of negative thoughts of a person or place.
Smudging is used in many cultures and religions around the world.
In most Arab countries, incense is burned in the form of scented chips or blocks called bakhoor. Incense is used on special occasions like weddings or on Fridays or generally to perfume the house.
Incense-stick burning is an everyday practice in traditional Chinese Buddhism and Taoism. There are many different types of stick used for different purposes or on different festive days. Many of them are long and thin. Sticks are mostly coloured yellow, red, or more rarely, black.Thick sticks are used for special ceremonies, such as funerals.
Incense in India, the bamboo method originated in India and is distinct from the Nepali/Tibetan and Japanese methods of stick making without bamboo cores.
Incense offered in Christianity and is stated in the Book of Exodus to be a mixture of staste, onycha, galbanum and frankincense.
Tibetan incense refers to a common style of incense found in Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. These incenses have a characteristic "earthy" scent to them. Ingredients vary from cinnamon, clove, and juniper.
In Japan incense appreciation folklore includes art, culture, history, and ceremony. Incense burning may occasionally take place within the tea ceremony.