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haoma \haoma\ n. A leafless East Indian vine ( Sarcostemma acidum); its sour milky juice was formerly used to make an intoxicating drink.

Syn: soma, Sarcostemma acidum.


n. (context Zoroastrianism English) Name of a plant and corresponding personified divinity, Haoma.


n. leafless East Indian vine; its sour milky juice formerly used to make an intoxicating drink [syn: soma, Sarcostemma acidum]


Haoma is the Avestan language name of a plant and its divinity, both of which play a role in Zoroastrian doctrine and in later Persian culture and mythology. The Middle Persian form of the name is hōm, which continues to be the name in Modern Persian, Pashto and other living Iranian languages.

Sacred haoma has its origins in Indo-Iranian religion and is the cognate of Vedic soma. For haoma's relationship to Vedic soma, see comparison to soma.

Usage examples of "haoma".

Although we Persians are accused of heavy drinking because of our ritual use of haoma, I have never seen a Persian as drunk as certain Athenians and, to be fair, no Athenian could ever be as drunk as a Spartan.

We had drunk the sacred haoma and the world looked to be as ethereal and as luminous as the fire itself that blazed upon the altar.

We had drunk the sacred haoma and the world looked to be as ethereal and as luminous and as holy as the fire itself that blazed upon the altar.

As the haoma jars were smashed the golden haoma mingled with the darker gold of blood.

Fortunately for me, he had arrived too late to drink haoma, and so, thanks to his clear head, I was saved.

At the time, I was still in a half-world between waking and dreaming, the haoma state.

I often drank haoma for pleasure and not for holiness, and I never once gave the right portions of the sacrifice to the Wise Lord because I did not know who he was.

Since the young men appear to be quite mad, I think that they must first drink haoma or else take some mind-deranging substance like that honey from Colchis which induces hallucinations.

Taken too frequently, haoma destroys the barrier between dreaming and waking.

While he spoke to me he fondled her rather the way a Magian will caress a dog as he discourses solemnly on the proper making of haoma or the creation of the world.

But haoma and sexual passion wear off in time, while the need to gamble does not.

I felt very odd indeed, standing in front of the fire-scorched altar, whose shallow steps had once been drenched with golden haoma and blood.

Simultaneously sweet and tart, the haoma seemed to transfuse warmth through the lining of my stomach, into my veins and marrow, like a flow of heated blood!

Bethel gave us haoma, biscuits, and jerky for a midday meal, and sat down to eat with us herself.

The haoma began to work in me as it had done the night before in Lunn.