Somalia Culture: Frankincense

Somalia Culture: Frankincense Last updated on Monday 26th April 2010

Frankincense is an aromatic gum resin from trees of the genus Boswellia, which grow in Somalia and southern parts of the Arabian peninsula. The ancient world used it for religious and medicinal purposes. Right up to the Middle Ages it was considered an Arabian trading commodity.

These days it is used as an ingredient of incense, perfumes and some fumigants. It is obtained by extracting the milky juice which hardens on exposure to semi-opaque lumps.

As you like 'Somalia Culture: Frankincense' you may also like following articles . . .

Oman - Early times

The earliest settlements in Oman, as in the Arabian peninsula generally, date from some time in the 3rd millennium BC. Though at that time and for some hundreds of years more, Oman was on...

Flora and Fauna in Somalia

Vegetation in Somalia consists chiefly of coarse grass, thorn bushes and acacia trees, which can tolerate the harsh climate. Trees producing the resins frankincense and myrrh are...

Somalia

Overview History Antiquity Arab conquerors British colonisation Italian colonisation Post World War II Ethiopia & Somalia Independence The Barre regime Self-determination for...

History of Yemen: Ancient Civilisations

The history of Yemen stretches back over 3,000 years, and its unique culture is still in evidence today in the architecture of its towns and villages. From about 1000 BC this region of the...

Forestry in Somalia

Somalia's major forestry products are frankincense and myrrh, whose trees are native to the region and which are largely exported. The estimated annual timber harvest, up until the civil...

Somalia Tour Guide

A number of hotels were built when a new deep-water port was opened in the capital Mogadishu with the help of the World Bank. However, tourism to Somalia is not encouraged. There are many...

Road and Rail Transport in Somalia

Somalia's road system is undeveloped. However, there are two good roads from Mogadishu to Burao in the north and Baidoa in the west. The total length of highways in Somalia is 22,100; 2,608...