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Yi Woon Ji - Part 1Introduction
林園經濟志(The books about countryside livelihood) is an encyclopedia written by 17th-century Joseon dynasty philosopher 徐有榘(1764~1845). among the 16 series(113 volumes, 54 issues) he wrote, 怡雲志(Records about cultural life, pronunciation: Yi Woon Ji in Korean) caught my attention because it has descriptions about incense ingredients, how to make them, and various other topics related to incense.
I'll try to translate that information into English whenever I find time to do so we all could learn more about the incense tradition from the old days in China and Korea, Japan. the author referenced 900+ books from every country he can source. so this information will be most likely very accurate and correct. but take the information with a grain of salt because I'm not a professional translator and there are possibilities of changes in the meaning of words, measurement units that were used back in those days compared to how we used them today.
the contents I'll upload will not follow the index of the book. I'll upload things I find interesting first and I might not even upload a few sections.
So, without further ado, let's get started.
(All the original content is researched, translated into modern Korean language by Pungseok Cultural Foundation. I don't own the copyright of the original content)
須東真者, 劉如米粒大, 慢火炒令煙出 紫色新氣 郎止.
How to process 檀香(sandalwood)
Sort out authentic ones and chop them into rice grain size. fry them on a weak fire until they smoke. once they emit purple-colored smoke, stop heating them right away.
儿和香用蜜, 須微煉數沸, 不可大過 仍入蘇合油, 若 蜜一斤、 入油二兩、 同煉大 妙
How to process honey
Generally, honey is used when mixing incense. honey must be boiled several times over low heat, but it shouldn't be too boiled down. during the process, keep pouring 蘇合油(Resin of Liquidambar orientalis). if the honey is 600g, 75g of 蘇合油 makes excellent honey.
Filter good honey with a cotton sheet then put it into a ceramic pot. press it down and tighten it with 115.5gram worth of oil-soaked paper(油單). put this pot inside of kettle and double boiling it over a day then get it out. repeat the process until the water content is all removed. the honey processed in this way doesn't change for years.
凡修合諸香, 須入艾納, 和 均焚之, 香煙直上三尺許, 結聚成毯, 氫氫不散. 更 加酸裹仁, 研入香中, 煙自 不散. 艾納者, 大松樹上青 苔衣也, <古今秘苑>
How to gather incense smoke
艾納(Blumeae Ramulus, blue-ish moss that grows on hundreds of years old pine tree barks) should be utilized when mixing multiple ingredients incense. when 艾納 is mixed well in the incense dough, the smoke from burned incense goes up to around 100cm and makes a dense ball shape without spreading. if you add grounded Zizyphus seed(酸裏仁) in it, the smoke doesn't scatter away.
用沈香一兩細到, 加以我 梨十枚研取汁於銀器内盛, 却蒸三次, 梨汁乾即用之.
How to make 'Lord 李's pear incense
Chop 37.8grams of agarwood finely. add juice made out of grounded 10 Ya pears. (鴨梨) put the dough inside of a silver bowl and steam cook it three times. use it after once the pear juice is completely dried.