People who believe in Taoism, Buddhism, and Catholicism burn incense, and on the other hand, Chinese tend to worship any god in any temple for good luck. Incense, in one sense, has become a token with which people deliver their wishes in their own religious rituals; however, incense is not specifically used on religious occasions merely.
Ancient people used incense widely in their daily lives, far more than we can imagine. In ancient China, people manufactured synthetic incense with herbs, while the ancient Egyptians made good use of fragrance and spices. Even today, humans are still captivated by the scents of a spectrum of perfume. Fragrance has always been intriguing. This is probably because people assume incense can purify the space, transform the energy field, and chase away filthy things and make us feel good both physically and mentally. With burning incense aside, we can appreciate the incense with our eyes, hands, noses, and furthermore, by such doing, we can learn to cherish our life and realize something. The silent incense calms down our minds with fragrance and inadvertently enriches our lives.
Burning incense has nothing to do with religious beliefs. Yet, those who have religious may well burn incense to show their respect to their gods. But, incense is not the only means to show your sincerity. If we can know the spirit of burning incense and take good advantage of it, we can crash our myths about incense and enhance our living quality as well as spiritual enjoyment.