Riwo Sangchoe Evening
Bhutanese Red Evening incense follows the practice of Riwo Sangchoe (also Ribo Sangchoe). It uses over 25 rare ingredients found in the Himalayas, including a great blend of fruits, cereals, medicinal plants, and pure milk. This recipe follows strictly to the Riwo Sangcho practice texts.
The ingredients for morning white and evening red are the same as other ingredients used for normal incense. Whereas for evening red they use suja (butter tea), goat fats and alcohol.
Bhutanese beliefs that offering these Red Evening incense to calm beings of the lower realms such as pretas (hungry ghosts).
HOW DIFFERENT ARE BHUTANESE INCENSE COMPARE TO TIBETAN AND NEPALESE INCENSE
Bhutanese incense is different from Tibetan, Nepal and India, is based on the intensity of the aroma and slower burning time.
THE PROCESS OF MAKING BHUTAN INCENSE
All ingredients are first ground into powder mix with water, sugar and honey. This mixture will then go through a fermentation process that takes about a week or so to produce its unique fragrance.
A tree bark, Tshe, will be added to the mixture to act as an adhesive. and further mashed before moulding to the stick shape.
The sticks will then straighten, trim into different lengths, and dried in the shade for 4 to 5 days.
HOW WE DETERMINE THE GRADES OF THE INCENSE
Juniper is the main component, and the amount of juniper determines the grade of the incense.
The better the Grade is, the lesser the amount of juniper being used. Therefore, increasing the ratio and aroma of the other precious ingredients.
NADO POIZOKHANG RIBO SANGCHOE RED - EVENING: This incense contains the best of all fruits, cereals, medicinal plants and milk products. Offering these incense sticks alleviates the hunger of all the spirits around us (hunger ghosts or pretas) — best for evening offering.
Approximately 33sticks – 8.75" (22cm) long, 5mm in diameter.
For mountain smoke offerings, offered to alleviate the hunger spirits.
WHERE TO FIND IT IN BHUTAN
- Available in Craft Gallery Thimphu.
- Bhutan Natural Thimphu Outlet
A PRODUCT MADE IN BHUTAN, THE FIRST CARBON NEGATIVE COUNTRY