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- n. Name of a plant and corresponding personified divinity that is sacred in Zoroastrian culture and in later Persian culture and mythology.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A leafless East Indian vine (Sarcostemma acidum); its sour milky juice was formerly used to make an intoxicating drink.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as homa and soma.
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- n. leafless East Indian vine; its sour milky juice formerly used to make an intoxicating drink
Common to the Magi and their Zoroastrian successors (as well as the similar traditions of the Indian Brahmans) was the admittedly intoxicating botanical sacrament called haoma/soma.
Among the Parsees the priest eats the bread and drinks the haoma, or juice of a plant, considered to be both a plant and a god.
This Iranian haoma is doubtlessly identical with the Indian soma, the intoxicating juice of which
The haoma, as the oldest sacrifice, calls for particular mention; manufactured out of the narcotic juice of a certain plant and used as a drink-offering, it was identified with the Deity Himself and given to the faithful as a means of procuring immortality.
Greek gods, or the haoma of the Iranians, or the soma of the ancient
A sacred meal was celebrated of bread and haoma juice for which in the West wine was substituted.
The precious haoma, the drink of immortality, not only conduced in the case of mankind to eternal life, but was likewise a drink for the gods themselves.
The soma-haoma, a drink-offering common to both Indian Vedism and Iranian Parseeism, must be dated back to primeval times, when the Indians and the
In the later Avesta this drink, originally only a medium of cult, was formally deified, and identified with the divinity; nay even the very vessels used in the fabrication of this drink from the haoma branches were celebrated and adored in hymns of praise.
There is indeed no animal sacrifice; the leading rites are the offering of the quasi-divine haoma (the fermented juice of the a sacred plant, a species of Asclepias), the exact counterpart of the Vedic soma-sacrifice; the care of the Sacred Fire, the chanting of the ritual hymns and prayers, and passages of the Sacred
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