Copal is a type of resin produced from plant sap, often from members of the genuses copaifera, bursera and hymenaea. The term is particularly identified with the aromatic tree resins used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica who burned it in ceremonies as a spiritual incense to clear out negative vibes, or in other words “evil spirits”. It has also been used to promote spirituality. The word copal is derived for the Nahuatl language word copali which translates into ‘incense’. The is two versions of the resin, one being yellow, almost amber-like. The white version of this resin is considered to be of the higher quality.
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