haoma

haoma

[hou-muh]
noun
1.
a leafless vine, Sarcostemma acidum, of eastern India, yielding a sour, milky juice.
2.
Also, homa. Zoroastrianism.
a.
a sacramental drink prepared with the juice of the haoma plant, milk, and water.
b.
(initial capital letter) a god personifying this sacred drink.

Origin:
1885–90; < Avestan; cognate with soma2

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in Zoroastrianism, sacred plant and the drink made from it. The preparation of the drink from the plant by pounding and the drinking of it are central features of Zoroastrian ritual. Haoma is also personified as a divinity. It bestows essential vital qualities-health, fertility, husbands for maidens, even immortality. The source of the earthly haoma plant is a shining white tree that grows on a paradisiacal mountain. Sprigs of this white haoma were brought to earth by divine birds.

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