For example, as noted above, the story of Nadab and Abihu is thought to reflect a controversy between priests competing to make incense offerings on censers
in the sanctuary's most holy place.
Then again, incense dominates as the priests swing the censers
along the marble altar, the altar where clergy face the tabernacle, their backs to the people.
Both the literal pattern emitted from the censers
and the figurative style of the delirious decor merge to fashion the hero for "wilder visions of that land of real dreams.
Sahagun's Nahuatl informant gave this account of a considerably less bloody blessing ceremony: "They would offer incense day and night at certain hours, spreading the incense with the clay censers
that had a cavity with stones inside for rattling.
That metaphor will be explicitly adopted by the chorus, which, having purified the place with censers
, celebrates the expulsion of the false lovers.
In Christian ritual, smoke from censers
traditionally symbolized prayers ascending to heaven.
We're not naked," the vixen insists of the steamy sequence, which site says still required five cuts before Motion Picture Association of America censers
gave It an R rating, Changed from an initial NC-17 (Mercy may get a theatrical rim down the line).
Priests swinging censers
of incense chanted a burial service before the coffin was lowered into the ground.
The German metal-worker Theophilus, writing in the twelfth century, described the making of chalices, patens, cruets, censers
and other sacramental objects.
From the Catholic priest swinging incense-filled censors censers
down the aisles of a church in Rome, to the billows of incense smoke that cloud and curl around the Buddha icons in a Buddhist temple in Thailand, to copal burning in a tribal ceremony in the rainforest -- we have been using incense to connect to divinity in almost every culture and class of society for as long as we can look back in time.
Oriental lots include a Japanese Meiji period bronze eagle at up to PS5,000 and a pair of 19 Century Chinese censers
in the form of a male and female Dog of Fo at up to PS3,000.
Mark's Cathedral in Cairo as deacons chanted somber hymns and bearded, black-clad priests and monks recited prayers as incense smoke flowed from their censers