Hair raising tales were told about the origin of cinnamon in the days of antiquity. The Arab traders, who held the monopoly in those days, claimed that cinnamon sticks were harvested from the nests of huge phoenix birds. However, the trees that hosted their nests grew on such steep slopes or on the edge of a cliff, that it was impossible to reach them. To overcome the problem the Arabs claimed to use a trick, luring the birds with large hunks of meat. When they lumbered back to their nests with their lure, the nests, unable to bear the weight, would collapse, thus spilling the cinnamon on the ground where the Arabs could more easily pick it. Many such stories were told about the origins of precious spices and magical plants; it added to their mystique and justified the exorbitant prices. Nevertheless, the ancients valued spices highly, and thus did not flinch at their cost. The sweetly fragrant Cinnamon was used as an ingredient of incense, embalming oil, consecration oil, perfume, as well as for the more mundane purpose of flavouring food and wine. Later, when the true origin of cinnamon trees was discovered and wars were fought over spice monopolies, supplies were controlled artificially burning excess stocks in order to keep prices up. Only once the monopoly was broken did precious spices become affordable and thus commonplace.
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