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.
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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