Frankincense trees are dying out (BBC). Why? Poor farmers need the land, beetle infestation, and, of course, the incense is needed for religious rituals that make God happy.
“Our models show that within 50 years, populations of Boswellia will be decimated, and the declining populations mean frankincense production is doomed. This is a rather alarming message for the incense industry and conservation organisations.”
And, once again, why would three Magi (Zoroastrian Zodiac “magician kings”) travel across kilometres of harsh terrain to bring chunks of metal (gold), burning sticks (frankincense) and expensive perfume (myrhh) to a barn where a shivering little Palestinian Jewish baby was born to unmarried teenage parents? Why?