Nowadays Copal is being used for jewelry and has a religious meaning to just a few. But Copal was known as “Tabonuko” to the Taino and was also particularly sacred to the Mayan and Aztec peoples. Matter of fact, “copal” is and Aztec word (Nahuatl: copalli) and refers to all tree resins -old or young- that have been employed as amber incense over the centuries. (Consequently, from this etymological point of view, Baltic or the almost equal old Dominican amber, are nothing else but Copal, because they are used for incense even today. LOL.
But for lack of a better word, in modern times “Copal” is used to refer to semi-fossilized amber resins or sub-fossil amber. Basically, “copal” is “young amber” and “amber” is “old copal”.
The Native Indigenous people of the Tropical Caribbean Rainforest, the Tainos celebrated the longest day of the year, since they worshipped the sun as a their main deity, curiously similar to the Scandinavian tribes (Midsummer night).