[INDOLOGY] Soma substitute in 1975 Agnicayana

Lubomír Ondračka ondracka at ff.cuni.cz
Thu Sep 9 20:44:00 UTC 2021

AGNI I, p. 186:

"The Nambudiris have evolved an arrangement that provides them with
a substitute for Soma. This substitute, probably Sarcostemma brevistigma,
an Asclepiad related to the American milkweeds, is also used in other parts of India."


On Thu, 9 Sep 2021 20:11:40 +0000
"Collins, Brian via INDOLOGY" <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear All,
> Can anyone identify the plant used as soma in Altar of Fire? I can’t find that information in AGNI and it is presumably neither ephedra nor wild rue. 
> Thanks!
> Assoc. Prof. Brian Collins
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> Department Chair and Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy
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