These bowls were originally created for smudging (a symbolic exercise found in feng shui practice, many Native American traditions, and alternative healing practices). It involves burning selected herbs or other materials in a manner that fills the home or other space with the fragrance of the smoke, and it is thought to clear negative energy. 

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If "smudging" isn't your thing, these bowls have also been used for other purposes (air plants, jewelry, "catch all" dishes, etc).  The possibilities are endless.