Sandalwood is famous for its highly fragrant aroma, and a large part of its symbolic meaning stems from this quality. In both ancient times and modern, the wood itself and products yielded from it have occupied a significant place in many circles.
The ancient Indians- both Hindus and Buddhists- had a particular passion for sandalwood. Its famous aroma made sandalwood a key ingredient in oils and incense, and its usage in this manner is still alive today (sandalwood is a common ingredient in modern aromatherapy practices). Its use as incense gave sandalwood a particular association with the divine, and in this way it can be viewed as playing a similar role to frankincense in Christianity or tobacco among the Native Americans.
Besides incense, sandalwood fulfilled additional religious functions as well; paste made from sandalwood is ritually smeared on the body during certain ceremonies, and religious objects/statuary have been carved from sandalwood, further boosting its association with the divine.
Asymmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has no crossing lines.
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