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Soma
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The term soma derives, according to most but not all commentators, from the Sanskrit root su-, meaning a juice that has been pressed out or expressed. A similar derivation applies to the term haoma (from the root hu-) in the Avestan language of the sacred texts (the Avesta) of Zoroastrians. Som…

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Clark, Matthew, “Soma”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_1010070045>
First published online: 2018



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