Kamangyan: The Philippine Incense Resin and Its Spiritual Uses

Kamangyan: The Philippine Incense Resin and Its Spiritual Uses

Incense has played an important role in many cultures throughout history, and the Philippines is no exception.  One type of incense that is particularly noteworthy is Kamangyan, made from the Agathis Philippinensis tree.

Kamangyan Philippine Incense

The Agathis Philippinensis, also known as the Philippine kauri, is a species of evergreen tree native to the Philippines.  It grows to be quite tall, with some specimens reaching over 60 meters in height. The resin of this tree has been used for centuries in the Philippines to create incense, which is burned for its pleasant aroma and spiritual significance.

To make Kamangyan, the resin from the Agathis Philippinensis tree is harvested by making incisions in the bark of the tree.  The resin then oozes out and is collected in small containers.  It is then cleaned and sorted to remove impurities, such as dirt and bark, though some may remain.

Once the resin has been cleaned and sorted, it is then dried in the sun.  The drying process can take several days, during which time the resin hardens and becomes more fragrant.  The resulting incense is a beautiful golden to black color and has a sweet, slightly earthy scent.

Kamangyan is used in Filipino ancestral & religious ceremonies, often utilized by albularyos and other folk practitioners.  Similar to black copal, it has many medicinal and spiritual uses.  Kamangyan is applied in energy clearings, banishing negative entities, postpartum suob rituals, and as offering smoke to the ancestors. 


  • Exorcism aid in eliminating negative entities
  • Energetic Protection
  • Balance
  • Clarity
  • Uplift energy
  • Open psychic vision and pathways for journeying
  • Release hexes

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest with diasporic Filipinos in what is traditionally appropriate to use.  Herbalaria offers Kamangyan as an option that is culturally aligned and powerful for ceremonial uses.  

In summary, Kamangyan is an important part of Filipino culture, history, magic and healing rituals.  Whether used for its spiritual significance or its pleasant aroma, it is a beautiful and meaningful addition to any home or spiritual practice.

What are your favorite incenses or resins to use?  Let us know in the comments!

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