2. Wafting Incense and Heavenly Foods: The Importance of Smell in Chinese Religion
Shawn Arthur [+]
Wake Forest University
Burning incense and cooking foods often create the special atmosphere of Chinese religious sites and festivals. Indeed, the Chinese word for “worship” includes the order to light incense to the gods. This chapter analyzes how scents can heighten and shape people’s memories and emotions, as well fostering the “hot and lively” social aspects of China’s temples and religious festivals.