The Tawny One: Soma, Haoma, and Ayahuasca (Muswell Hill Press) (Paperback)

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The identity of the plant known as soma in ancient India and as haoma in the Zoroastrian tradition has, for around 250 years, exercised the wits and imagination of scores of scholars. This plant is praised in the highest terms--as a kind of deity--in both Zoroastrian and Vedic texts that date from around 1,700-1,500 BCE. It is said to provide health, power, wisdom, and even immortality. It has been variously identified by researchers as a nonpsychoactive plant, as a medicine, as merely water, as alcoholic, as a narcotic, as a stimulant, and as a psychedelic. Currently, the three most supported theories are that soma/haoma was either fly-agaric mushrooms, ephedra, or Syrian rue. The author suggests that the ritual drink was based on analogues of ayahuasca, using a variety of plants, some of which he identifies in the book.

About the Author

Dr. Matthew Clark has spent many years in India and is currently a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781908995223
ISBN-10: 190899522X
Publisher: Muswell Hill Press
Publication Date: September 30th, 2017
Pages: 295
Language: English
Series: Muswell Hill Press