Watch the world’s largest thurible (censer, incense burner or perfume burner) aka. Botafumeiro in action at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Spain.

The Botafumeiro weighs 80Kgs. Incense is burned in the swinging metal container, or “incensory”. The name “Botafumeiro” means “smoke expeller” in Galician. It costs about Rs.20,000 for each thurible “performance” at the cathedral.

Shovels are used to fill the Botafumeiro, with about 40 kg of charcoal and incense. The thurible is tied to the rope with elaborate knots. The censer is pushed initially to start its motion. Eight red-robed tiraboleiros pull the ropes, producing increasingly large oscillations of the censer. The turible’s swings almost reach the ceiling of the transept. The incensory can reach speeds of 68 km/h as it dispenses thick clouds of incense.

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