This wonderful purple clay waterfall backflow incense burner has two very distinct sides. In the front, it features a cascade of lotus leaves and in the back, it forms a gourd. It fits an incense cone on top and stick incense on the side. Two powerful symbols come together to offer purity and ward off bad energy. The burner ships with 10 free incense cones.
Gourds, so common and insignificant in western countries, have a deeper meaning in Chinese culture. Drying and painting them to us seems fun, but for Chinese people is an art and Fengshui.
Looking back, they were actually introduced to us from Asia, but only the practical aspect was “imported”, leaving aside the magic.
In terms of history, gourds 葫芦 (hú lu) were dried and used for keeping or transporting water, wine, medicines, and magic potions. However, as with many other objects and symbols in Chinese beliefs, they also had a homophonic relationship with another “hu”: 护 (hù), signifying protection and blessing (祜 hù). Thus, gourds in China were used as charms for scaring away malefic spirits and diseases.
The lotus is also a revered symbol in China. The flower is said to bloom in Beijing on lunar April 8 (the Buddha’s birthday) and lunar Jan. 8 is Lotus Day.
In Buddhism, the lotus symbolizes purity.
Material: Purple Clay
Type: Waterfall Backflow Incense Burner
Quantity: 1 Burner + 10pcs incense cones
Size: 11cm x 16cm, 4.3" x 6.29"