soma/haoma: was Re: booknotice (occasioned by Civility on the List:

H.B.Dave hbd at DDIT.ERNET.IN
Thu Oct 12 06:07:38 UTC 2000

Vijay Shankar wrote:

> What do you think of discussion on soma/haoma in the recent book The Vedic
> People by Kochhar (pp98-`112).Acc to Kochhar, soma/haoma is indeed the
> mountain-grown,ephedrine -yielding species of Ephedra.He says that the Ind-
> Iranian habitat must be the {common}Soma-land

Soma is neither a plant or a plant juice, in normal sense of these words.

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