Sheba - Treasures of the Incense Road
Sheba Incense was blended with the treasures of the Incense Road, the finest resins I could find, tears dusted with gold, spices, and woods most precious ... and touched by dreams and visions of another time ...
Creating this incense was quite a journey ... imagining the Incense route, the caravans of camels carrying the most precious substances on Earth to the temples of the world ... the legends of Sheba and the mysterious kingdom of Saba (or Sheba). I would advise anyone who is fascinated by the history of incense and the lore of that immortal queen known as Sheba, to research for yourself this fascinating world where Frankincense was more precious than gold.
A pinch of this incense on the heater will fill your home with the scents of ancient temples. The Myrrh and Kua (crimson Myrrh of Socotra) insure that the rich fragrance will last many hours. We suggest that you heat it gently on a lower setting on the Golden Lotus Electric Heater to receive the full benefit of the fine resins. This is a perfect incense for a sacred set and setting.
The Queen of Sheba - an exotic and mysterious woman of power - is immortalized in the world's great religious works, among them the Hebrew Bible and the Muslim Koran. She also appears in Turkish and Persian painting, in Kabbalistic treatises, and in medieval Christian mystical works, where she is viewed as the embodiment of Divine Wisdom. In Africa and Arabia, her tale is still told to this day and, indeed, her tale has been told and retold in many lands for nearly 3,000 years.
As for the queen herself, her history remains an enigma. She was a woman of power, an adoring mother and a mysterious lover - also a founder of nations and a demon with a cloven hoof. It is perhaps these many strands to her tale that are in the end the real key to her popularity.
Trying to ascertain who she may really have been is an arduous task, and a question soon arises. Why, if so little is known about her, has she become such an important figure? The tales of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba have, after all, even provided the founding myths for the modern states of Israel and Ethiopia.
This is a story that so far has proved impossible to verify. But it provides us with just enough hints and clues to be tantalizing and mysterious. The precious stones, gold, spices, and incense that the queen brought as gifts from her homeland must denote a country rich in gold and incense trees.
Only a few countries can boast these attributes - countries such as Somalia and Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa, and Oman and Yemen in the southern Arabian Peninsula. So could the land of Sheba have been one of those? And what about the name itself? What evidence is there for a land called Sheba?
But the most popular translation of the Hebrew word 'Sheba' is the Arabic 'Saba' - referring to a great kingdom, the Sabaean kingdom, in what is today Yemen. And, though the historic proof is lacking for the Queen of Sheba herself, there is plenty of textual evidence to support this great kingdom of Saba.
Sculpture of a Sabaean priestess raising her hand to intercede with the sun goddess on behalf of a donor. Probably first century.
The ruins of Marib, the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Saba. The Queen of Sheba has been said to have ruled here.
Even more interesting are the current excavations of an ancient temple in the old market town of Marib - in the lands thought to have once been part of the ancient kingdom of Saba. The temple is known as the Mahram Bilqis or Temple of Bilqis - and Bilqis is the name given to the Queen of Saba in the later stories in the Islamic tradition. In the Koran, written earlier, the Queen of Saba is nameless.
Interestingly there are ancient texts that do talk about powerful queens of northern Arabia in the seventh and eighth century BC - the time that some historians in Israel are tempted to place the historical King Solomon.
Ruins of Marib
Sabaean incense burner