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Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  4 reviews
One of the key enigmas of cultural history has been the identiy of a sacred plant called Soma in the ancient Rig Veda of India. Mr. Wasson has aroused considerable attention in learned circles and beyond by advancing and documenting the thesis that Soma was a hallucinogenic mushroom - none other than the Amanita muscaria, the fly-agaric that until recent times was the cent ...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (first published January 1st 1968)
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Mark
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This academic scholarly text makes the case for one of the perhaps most popular mushroom fungi Amanita muscaria as being Soma, which was an important substance in Indian vedic religion, similar to the "Eleusinian Mysteries" from Ancient Greece, which is largely suspected to have been LSD, or an ergot fungus derivative that "acid" is synthesized out of.

These inquiries practically make the case for inebriants being some form of God - either that or they put you into contact with some form of it.
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Shrivatsa Om
Mar 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Decent read! Touches more on fly agaric and it's properties and lore than Soma and it's importance for Vedic civilization
Shortsman
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gu-bibliotek
Wasson makes a good case, a very interesting read. Could be a hard book to find, but it’s worth the struggle. Especially if you can try fly-agaric afterwards.
Tony duncan
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: interested in drugs and ecstatic religion
An extremely interesting book about the religious use and the possible history of the sanskrit "Soma", the fabled drug of the Gods form the vedas. Very intriguing case is made that Aminita Muscara, the Fly Agaric mushroom from northern Europe and Siberia is Soma. It has been used by Eurasian shamans to look into the spirit world.
the interesting thing about A.M. is that to be safely and effective it needs to be eaten and then consumed from the urine. Somehow the drug is not as effective unless
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