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Kodo : The Way of Incense Paperback – Illustrated, May 1, 2001
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About the Author
David Pybus is a perfume historian who has worked in the scent industry for over 30 years. He has participated in the Kodo ceremony in Japan and has a broad knowledge of the different ingredients and composition of incense. He was a contributor to the 1998 book, The Chemistry of Fragrances.
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I purchased this book so I could familiarize myself with the types of incense for certain rituals in my spiritual life! This book affords the reader a personal journey that he or she will never see incense in a mundane fashion. I highly recommend this to be a part of your everyday Zen life!
I would say I prefer this book because the author consulted with more than one incense company and one kodo school his research.
It's very difficult to write on this subject because even in Japan, comprehensive texts are just not to be found, and almost all the texts on the subject are in Japanese.
Kodo is still an art which is taught primarily from teacher to student without the use of texts. Training takes up to 30 years to master the art.
However, anyone can read this book and begin learning and practicing the art. It includes fun quessing games called kumiko, and they range from very simple contests of guessing three different aromas, to very complex games requiring knowledge of Japanese history, poetry, and geography. In total there are over one-thousand such games.
David shows how to prepare the incense furnace, tells about the six varieties of incense used in the contests, and gives you all the basics to get started.
These contests are great entertainment, and make for a really fun evening with friends!