Comes from the naualt word 'copalli' and it is the name given to different aromatic resins used as incense in America. Comes from different species from the genus Bursera. In the pre-Columbian Mexico it was associated with Tlaloc, god of water and rain. Its use had a big social, economic and ceremonial importance. Nowadays the copal trees are still community owned and are still very important in churches as a purifier in religious rite. 


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