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March 14, 2016

“We drank Soma, we became immortal...”

"For over a hundred years now, scientists have been discussing what plant was used to prepare Soma (Haoma), a sacred drink of the ancient Indians and Iranians, which 'inspired poets and seers, made warriors fearless.' The hypotheses were plenty: from eph edra, can nabis, and op ium poppy to blue water lily (Nymphaea caerulea) and fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). The answer was found in a grave of a noble woman buried in an elite burial ground of the Xiongnu, the famous nomads of Central Asia."

(Various elisions to circumvent 403 errors at my server. - Ed.)

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 14, 2016 02:28 PM