Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
An Encyclopedia of Religion.
Ferm, Virgilius. (Editor) (1945).
New York: The Philosophical Library.
Description: Hardcover, xx + 844 pages.
Contents: Preface, Key to Contributors' Initials, Contributing Editors.
Excerpt(s): Aryan religion: ... The preparation of the sacred drink (Vedic soma; Avestan, Haoma) — later a god, — the sacrificial worship, and the liturgies belonging to it (particularly the magical spells, mantra) are the monopoly of the priests, who attained consequently a high social position. (pages 40-41)
haoma: In Mazdaism and Parsism,a sacramental drink, prepared by priests; and obtained by mixing juice from a plant, haoma, with milk and water; the sacrament, used in religious services, typifies the drink of immortality which is yet to come to the faithful. (page 320)
Soma: originally probably a plant from which the soma juice, the favorite libation to the Vedic gods was extracted. Soma becomes also one of the principal gods of Vedic Hinduism to whom the entire ninth book of the Rig-Veda is dedicated. (page 726)
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