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January 4, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Why did the three Wise Men bring myrrh to the baby Jesus along with the more obvious gold and frankincense when they arrived on Jan. 6, commonly known as the Epiphany. Perhaps because the material, secreted by shrubs, is a natural painkiller, Italian scientists reported in the journal Nature. The team placed mice on a warm hot plate and measured how long it took them to register pain by licking their feet. Mice given myrrh lasted nearly 20 minutes, compared to 14.
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December 24, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
If their trek to visit the baby Jesus had happened this year, the biblical Magi might have been in for a surprise. The market for the gifts offered by the three kings — gold, frankincense and myrrh — is much changed since the first Christmas long ago. Frankincense, used in perfumes and incense, especially is becoming more rare. Within 15 years, yield of the fragrant resin from the Boswellia tree species, found in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa, is expected be half the amount it is now. And 50 Christmases from now, frankincense production could be down 90% because of threats from fire, grazing and destructive beetles, according to the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology this week.
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December 24, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
If their trek to visit the baby Jesus had happened this year, the biblical Magi might have been in for a surprise. The market for the gifts offered by the three kings — gold, frankincense and myrrh — is much changed since the first Christmas long ago. Frankincense, used in perfumes and incense, especially is becoming more rare. Within 15 years, yield of the fragrant resin from the Boswellia tree species, found in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa, is expected be half the amount it is now. And 50 Christmases from now, frankincense production could be down 90% because of threats from fire, grazing and destructive beetles, according to the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Why did the three Wise Men bring myrrh to the baby Jesus along with the more obvious gold and frankincense when they arrived on Jan. 6, commonly known as the Epiphany. Perhaps because the material, secreted by shrubs, is a natural painkiller, Italian scientists reported in the journal Nature. The team placed mice on a warm hot plate and measured how long it took them to register pain by licking their feet. Mice given myrrh lasted nearly 20 minutes, compared to 14.
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July 17, 1988 | MEREDITH CAMPBELL, Associated Press
The biblical fragrance of frankincense is on the market again as Oman revives an ancient perfume industry that flourished 3,000 years ago. The Oman Perfumery is opening new markets in the United States and Europe for Amouage (Arabic for "waves"), a perfume based on frankincense and myrrh. At about $375 an ounce, Amouage may be the world's most expensive perfume.
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August 6, 1992 | JANET BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Western novelists have found meaning for hundreds of years in domesticity and boredom. In the Arab world, where the novel is still relatively young, daily concerns may figure prominently, but the rotting politics of post-colonialism often have a stronger odor.
MAGAZINE
April 4, 1993
Because he was born on 4-4-44 and because he's all wrapped up in his children, Daniela, Nicolas and Alexandra, Beverly Hills retailer Bijan Pakzad introduces his new fragrance, DNA, today: 4-4-93. Primarily a floral with earthy notes of myrrh and sandalwood, the scent is a bargain when compared with Bijan's signature scent, which sells for $400 an ounce. DNA is priced at a mere $250 per ounce.
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January 31, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Russian Orthodox Church will investigate the allegedly miraculous properties of an icon of the country's last czar, Nicholas II, the Itar-Tass news agency quoted a leading clergyman as saying. The icon at Moscow's Church of the Ascension has reportedly been exuding myrrh since Nov. 7, the anniversary of the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. The czar and his family were shot by a Bolshevik firing squad in July 1918.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1990
A Compton High School student was shot in the face Tuesday afternoon as he stood inside the school fence. The gunman fired from a vehicle parked on the street after exchanging words with another student who stood near the victim. Police declined to name the victim, who was taken to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, where he was in stable condition.
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December 20, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Gold, frankincense and myrrh claimed by their monastic owners to be the gifts of three wise men to the infant Jesus were on public display this week for only the second time in five centuries. The items are being shown at St. Athilios Cathedral in Larissa, a central Greece agricultural service town of 150,000, until Christmas evening.
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August 6, 1992 | JANET BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Western novelists have found meaning for hundreds of years in domesticity and boredom. In the Arab world, where the novel is still relatively young, daily concerns may figure prominently, but the rotting politics of post-colonialism often have a stronger odor.
NEWS
July 17, 1988 | MEREDITH CAMPBELL, Associated Press
The biblical fragrance of frankincense is on the market again as Oman revives an ancient perfume industry that flourished 3,000 years ago. The Oman Perfumery is opening new markets in the United States and Europe for Amouage (Arabic for "waves"), a perfume based on frankincense and myrrh. At about $375 an ounce, Amouage may be the world's most expensive perfume.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1989 | PATT MORRISON
You wouldn't know it by the after-Christmas sales, but Friday really was the day for gift-giving. And accordingly, when Santa pulled up at the 2nd Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights aboard a fire engine, he was technically on schedule. Jan. 6 is by Christian tradition the day the three Magi presented the infant Jesus with the original Christmas gifts--gold, frankincense and myrrh.
BOOKS
December 22, 1991
They will probably come just after the New Year. As usual, early in the morning. The forceps of the doorbell will pull you out by the head from under the bedclothes; dazed as a newborn baby, you'll open the door. The star of an ID will flash before your eyes. Three men. In one of them you'll recognize with sheepish amazement (isn't this a small world) your schoolmate of years ago. Since that time he'll hardly have changed, only grown a mustache, perhaps gained a little weight. They'll enter.
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