Copal, the Mayan incense
Strikingly similar to frankincense, copal, whose name means “incense” in Nahuatl, can be extracted from a variety of trees native to Central and South America. And much like frankincense in Ancient Egypt or Greece, it was burned by the Mayans and Aztecs to “feed” the gods.
Today, it is still used in Mexico for spiritual purposes.
Karl Bradl was drawn to its scent
while cycling on the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula through
copal-laced air towards the natural reserve of Sian Ka’an, which translates as “Gate to Heaven.”
The suave cloud of burning copal whirling over Tulum's bohemian and eco-chic outdoor locales at the foot of an ancient Maya walled city, confirmed his inspiration for Copal Azur.