Article reports on the Mexica incense burners that date to the pre-contact period which were used to burn copal, a resin extracted from a species of the maguey plant, for spiritual and ceremonial offerings. Similar incense burners, called tlemaitl in the article, are still in use today by various folx, including danzantes (dancers) Mexicas-Concheros and curanderos/as (folk healers). In the tradicion (dance tradition) they are referred to as popochcomitl. The article points out the long continuity of the burners’ usage, signaling a strong connection with the indigenous past, specifically in the region of central Mexico.
“Humo aromático para los dioses” en museo del Templo Mayor