I suppose that I should have entitled this something else, but then again, I probably should have posted it under my scientific identity. Although my science blog is also written under a pseudonym, it is more likely to be read by other scientists. However, the ridiculous state of our species is surely reflected by the fact that I'm better off posting about the abuse of science on a board which is primarily read by men who care too much about perfume. At least here, my words are guaranteed to be
One of the modern-day appeals of aloeswood use is it’s ability to allow the user connect with a tradition of deep spirituality in a contemporary setting. For millennia, aloeswood has been used to aid higher states of realization in many spiritual traditions, from Islam to Christianity to Taoism.
The modern aloeswood-adept means to preserve this age-old practice in full awareness that technology can not replace it. Now more than ever in our societies, this aid is needed for grounding
One of our goals at Oudimentary is to research and preserve this millennium-old culture of the use of Aloeswood. From biblical times to the modern age, the use of Aloeswood has existed on four separate levels.
1. On the most rudimentary level, it provides a perfume for the wearer and others to savor and enjoy. A sweet smokiness. An earthy, almost leather-like tone. A hint of berry or dried apricot. These are just some of the descriptions used in attempting to describe the
No other piece of oud paraphernalia holds a higher rank in the eyes of a committed oud-adept than the hallowed mubkhara, or Oud burner. Their designs range from rustically simple to the most embellished, and as we shall see, have not changed much over thousands of years. Let us look more in detail at several different styles now.
First off, and possibly most instantly recognizable, is the Saudi-style burner. This traditional style has a square metal base
The Oudimentary Society for Aloeswood Enthusiasts (OSAE) is an international fellowship of men and women united by their love for the use of aloeswood on physical, psychological, and spiritual levels.
The society was founded in 2004 to provide a community for like-minded aloeswood aficianados where they could learn, teach, assist, and serve this rapidly-growing alliance of aloeswood burners.
OSAE is dedicated to the research and preservation of the ancient tradition
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