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Psychedelics ritual concoction popularly known as “soma” is a drink that was known as a fermented drink which the Indians believed to be consumed by the Hindu gods during rituals and their ancient priests known as the Brahmanas.
It was also believed to be an elixir that heals not only illness but also brings great riches. Soma means distill or extract, sprinkle which is often connected in the ritual context. This great drink can also be attached to a god, Indian god.
To some, our God may be known for being marvelous, and this exact drink was named after it, Soma.
There are many geneses for this drink aside from the fact that some people as well as other tribes believed that the soma drink was derived from the “soma god.” This soma god was personified as the god who was primeval amongst all other god and known to be health and wealth giver. Plus, soma is associated as the deity who monitors Hindu religious sacrifices and presents the direction North-east. Also, in the Puranas religious notes, soma was described as a riding chariot which has three wheels drawn by a team of ten pure white horses.
How to make the ancient Indian drink called Soma.
One of the most unexplainable and unfathomable drink in the world is soma- a drink of ritual importance to the ancient Indian priests. Consuming soma drink was believed to possess immortality, with the two gods (Agni and Indra) who consumed the drink in abundant quality.
When a normal and ordinary human drink this drink, it is believed that the person will become immortal as written down by the Rig Veda five hundred years ago
we drank soma, we became immortal.
The descendants of the old Hindus and Zoroastrians still perform their age-old rituals till date, but the identity of the plant with which soma drink was produced became unknown to the world.
There is no sure and strong regarding the ingredients used in making the soma, but there have been many theories from the modern researchers stating the drink made from a “mushroom.” Below are words about the researches.
It seems the Russian archaeologists have solved the puzzle behind the ingredients with which soma drink was produced while digging at a deep burial chamber in Mongolia’s forest, a wooden textile dating back two millennia was discovered by the SB RAS (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences).
The embroidery portrays an olden Zoroastrian ceremony centered on a mushroom, at the middle of the composition is the Priest or a King dressed in a long and smart decorated Kaftan gaping open at the bottom.
This man (the king or priest) was seriously focusing at the mushroom in his room. The evidence regarding the drink is the divine mushroom which resembles the well-known psychoactive species Psilocybe cubensis.
The weight of proof implies that the ancient ritual drinks, soma, has been prepared from the family strophariabceae mushrooms which contains the one of a kind nervous system stimulator psilocybin.
Although the discovery made by this group is yet to be completed however the first fragments restored from this textile revealed some astonishing facts. The pieces were parts of a carpet composed of many clothes of dark and red woolen fabric. This discovery was known to be nothing but a miracle because of its improbability.
It has made a very long journey; the cloth was rotated in Palestine or Syria stitched in India (Northwestern) and finally found in Magnolia. Another surprising fact about this textile aside from the point that it was discovered after two thousand years is its excellent condition. Also, the fact that the textile was found in a person’s grave where it ought not to be will forever remain a mystery.
Does 'Soma' contain Cannabis?
Another popular theory about the existence of the soma drink nominates a plant which is very popular to the universe- cannabis. The fact that cannabis has immense medicinal value, produces a clear visionary effect and freely grows in the area in which soma was consumed was an indisputable fact which is why some think that it was the amazing drink consumed by the olden Hindus and Zoroastrians.
However there has been evidence to prove this wrong, cannabis was already known at the time soma was consumed, and it is referred to as the “bhang.” There was also no correlation between bhang (cannabis) and soma in records.
...What about stimulants?
There is also a theory on ephedra plants. Some researchers, historians, and scholars believed this plant is a potent stimulant and that ephedra is used in some modern rituals much in the same way that soma was.
One of the most interesting theories about this soma is that it might not be made from a single plant but combinations of two or more plants.
Would you drink Soma if offered?