[INDOLOGY] Soma and Amanita muscaria

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Mon Oct 15 03:29:31 UTC 2018

In Bhagavadgita, we have

पुष्णामि चौषधीः सर्वाः सोमो भूत्वा रसात्मकः ॥ १५-१३॥

This usage of the word Soma indicates that at least by the time of
composition of Gita, Soma has been viewed as the Rasa that provides the
common quality to all the (medicinal) plants.

Even if this usage is viewed as the result of a semantic change from the
Vedic usage, there has to be a common semantic connection between the two
usages that lead to this semantic change.

On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 8:05 AM Michael Slouber via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Just a note that is it certainly untrue that South Asia lacks living
> traditions involving consumption of psychedelic plants; shamans in Nepal,
> for example, have a rich and diverse tradition of using dozens of such
> plants.  On this, see the following excellent and heavily photo-documented
> book:  *Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas* by Claudia Müller-Ebeling;
> Christian Rätsch, 2002.
> Michael Slouber, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor, South Asian Studies
> Dept. of Liberal Studies
> Western Washington University
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Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Director, Indic Academy of Sanskrit and Indological Studies.

BoS, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, Maharashtra

BoS, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Veliyanad, Kerala

Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies

FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,

(Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )

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