What is Soma?

  • (noun): Leafless East Indian vine; its sour milky juice formerly used to make an intoxicating drink.
    Synonyms: haoma, Sarcostemma acidum
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Soma (Sanskrit सोम sóma), or Haoma (Avestan), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *sauma-, was a ritual drink of importance among the early Indo-Iranians, and the subsequent Vedic and greater Persian cultures. It is frequently mentioned in the Rigveda, whose Soma Mandala contains 114 hymns, many praising its energizing qualities. In the Avesta, Haoma has the entire Yašt 20 and Yasna 9-11 dedicated to it.

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Soma Records (U.S. Label) - History
... Started in 1954, Soma began mainly recording polka music, old-time country and western and jazz groups ... Among hits released by Soma were "Mule Skinner Blues" by The Fendermen, "Liar, Liar" by The Castaways, "Run, Run, Run" by The Gestures and "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen ... The last record was distributed by Soma, but recorded on the Garrett Records label - George Garrett was an engineer who ran the board on many Soma recordings ...
... Soma (Sanskrit सोम), or Haoma (Avestan), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *sauma-, was an important ritual drink for early Indo-Iranian peoples, and the later Vedic and greater ... In the Vedas, Soma is portrayed as sacred and divine (deva) ... In this aspect, Soma is similar to the Greek ambrosia (cognate to amrita) it is what the gods drink and what makes them deities ...
SOMA Digest
... SOMA Digest is an English written newspaper in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq ... The paper was named after 'soma', which means 'perspective' in Kurdish ...
Soma, Manisa - Economy
... plant are the main economical activities in Soma ... The country's largest wind farm, the Soma Wind Farm with 119 wind turbines and an installed total capacity of 140.4 MW is located here ...
The 36 Tattvas - The Five Mahābhūtas - Tejas - Fire
... (fire) is associated with the concept of soma (nectar) forming a complementary pair ... Soma is fuel to agni and it quenches its continuous thirst ... a new creation is born, and vice versa, the pair agni - soma appears everywhere there is a creative process ...

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  • (noun): Personification of a sacred intoxicating drink used in Vedic ritual.

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    Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears—that’s what soma is.
    Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)