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the problem of Soma in the Vedic texts
the problem of Soma in the Vedic texts

Andreas Leitz
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Sunday, November 21, 2010
All of us know the mention of the Soma which was prepared in the Vedic sacrifices. In the whole Veda we find it a lot of times. But Today no one is able to tell you what kind the Soma it was. After a long time of thinking there is a hypothetical solution for this problem. In the Rig-Veda we find a song which is dedicated to frogs as it is translated now usually. But was the frog a holy animal to the early Aryans No I never have seen any proof for it. But we can also translate the Sanskrit word as toad. If this translation is correct then we are able to connect the Sanskrit Soma to the ancient Greek myths of the toadstool. From the places of Mykene and Etrurian we have pictures of a crowned toad. This Toad was connected to the consumption of the toadstool which has a hallucian effect. The toadstool was pressed and prepared. In the Veda we read a lot of times the Soma has to be pressed out. But what was Soma. If we are able to connect the song of the frogs in the Rig Veda to the Greek toad then have we the right to connect Soma and toadstool. We have to keep in mind the word Agni for the fire in the sacrifice is also the fire in the stomach. If Agni caries the sacrifice to the gods then he carries also the Soma in the blood of the worshipper. Has anyone of the learned members of this forum an opinion to this view Please let me know.

Posted On : 12/5/2010 7:51:18 AM

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