Haoma

 


Haoma, the Persian equivalent of the Hindu¬†Soma, is the either of life. As a celestial deity he was ‘correct in faith and the adversary of death.’ The sacrament of ancient Persian religion, probably connected with the blood-offering, said to have been instituted by Yima, was the hoama rite which was condemned by¬†Zoroaster¬†because of its ‘filthy drunkenness.’ However, after the modification of the orgiastic character it became the central liturgical act of¬†Zoroastrianism.¬†A.G.H.


Source:

Cotterell, Arthur,¬†A Dictionary of World Mythology, New York, G. P. Putman’s Sons, 1980, pp. 34-35