Date of Defense



Comparative Religion

First Advisor

Dr. Scott Dykstra

Second Advisor

Joel Mort-Braun


Since its introduction in the sixth century, incense has played an important part in Japanese cultural and religious traditions. Incense is a significant element in the rituals of Buddhism; its creation is the result of traditional techniques and skillful artistry; its presence is essential in many aesthetic traditions, including Noh theater, the tea ceremony known to the Japanese as Cha-no-yu, and the calligraphic art form known as Sho; and its importance in the greater aesthetic culture has brought about the invention of Koh-do, a tradition dedicated completely to the use- of incense for appreciation and for increasing one's mental and spiritual clarity. From the first time the fragrant wood was burned in Japan until the present, incense has had an enormous impact on the Japanese religious and cultural landscape.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only