May 17, 2008

Harmal and Soma

In Turkey Peganum harmala is called yüzerlik or üzerlik. Dried capsules from this plant are strung and hung in homes or vehicles.

In Iran, dried capsules (known in Persian as اسپند espænd or اسفنددانه esfænd-dāneh) - mixed with other ingredients - are burnt so as to produce a light, distinctly scented smoke or incense. It is used as an air as well as mind purifier, perhaps linked to its entheogenic properties....More


Soma (Sanskrit: सोमः)
was a ritual drink of importance among the early Indo-Iranians, and the later Vedic and greater Persian cultures. It is frequently mentioned in the Rigveda, which contains many hymns praising its energizing qualities(ojas and tapas). In the Avesta, Haoma has an entire Yasht dedicated to it. Peganum harmala is just one of the many ingredients in soma, and is said to bring Supreme Truth ---represented by India's Indra...more

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