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Bhanga, or Bhang, is a narcotic (cannabis sativa) used in India to assist divination and produce ecstatic states. The substance, according to the Atharva Veda 9. 6. 15, it is one of the five kingdoms of plants ruled by Soma. A.G.H.


Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 142