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This Cultural Revolution ceramics makes a perfect gift as well as a nice decorative memorabilia item for the house. Chinese has been using incense burner for many generations. However it was during Cultural Revolution, all religions other than communism were deemed illegal. As such, incense burning which was part of Buddhists or Taoists practice became a welcomed activity. Some clever artisans had decided to create Cultural Revolution Memorabilia items such as a ceramic incense burner to ease some of the religion related stigma to incense burning.
In Buddhism, incense burners, or censers, are used in all Buddhist cultures and denominations. The burning of incense takes place both in the home and in the temple, and serves as an offering to the Buddha or various deities. It is also an important ritual act that is believed to clear the air of evil spirits.
A common type of incense burner is a ceramic rectangular block with several holes at the top for sticks of incense. This is often comes in different shapes.