by catherine yronwode
In Hoodoo Folk Magic, Spell-Craft, and Occultism
In its native Guatemala, Copal is a holy incense. Saint statues and sacred items are blessed by smoking them in COPAL. Passing seed corn through the smoke from COPAL that was dressed with sacrificial blood before being burned is said to increase its viability and productivity. COPAL is used by the Maya to induce trances and in rites of divination. In the U.S., Christians recite the 23rd Psalm while burning Copal or speak aloud their gratitude for blessings received. Copal Negro (Black Copal) is a dark, heavily-scented resin similar to Myrrh. It is favoured by rural people and is usually sold in the form of disks or balls. Copal Oro (Golden Copal) resembles Frankincense, being pale, granular, and lightly fragranced. We make no representations for COPAL, and sell it as a Curio only.
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In its native Guatemala, Copal is a holy incense burned when seeking divine favour. Saints statues and other sacred items are blessed by smoking them in Copal.
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
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Many more folkloric magical spells utilizing COPAL NEGRO can be found in the book "Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic" by catherine yronwode.
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