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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index


Haoma and Harmaline:

The Botanical Identity of the Indo-Iranian Sacred Hallucinogen "Soma" and Its Legacy in Religion, Language and Middle Eastern Folklore.

Flattery, David Stophlet, and Schwartz, Martin. (1989).
Berkeley: The University of California Press.


ISBN: 0-520-09627-4


Description: Paperback, first edition, vii + 211 pages. University of California Publications Near Eastern Studies, Volume 21.


Contents: List of tables and figures, Part I by David Stophlet Flattery contains 7 chapters. Part II by Martin Schwartz contains 3 chapters. References, Index Locorum, Word Index, General Index.



Excerpt(s): In this book I intend to demonstrate that harmel or wild rue, Peganum harmala L. ( Zygophyllaceae), a common weed of the Central Asian Steppes, the Iranian Plateau, and adjacent areas, was the original intoxicant plant represented in the Iranian religious tradition by the term haoma and in the religious tradition of India by the etymologically identical term soma. (page 3)



Thoughts which are ordinarily suppressed or repressed from consciousness come into focus and previously unseen relationships or combinations between these are recognized. ... This sometime enhancement of awareness or sensitivity and new synthesis of ideas are the basis for the beneficial effects that have been reported in some creativity and problem-solving experiments, and also the main basis for the religious-mystical or "consciousness-expansion" experiences that have been reported by some. (page 182)



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