Nutritional Haoma Sacrament

Close up seedy bud
detail of seedy hemp bud from which ((Haoma)) could be made by pulverizing with water then straining.

Since times predating written history, humans, other animals, and birds, have gathered and utilized the highly nutritious seeds of what is known in modern terms as Cannabis, Hemp, or better known today as Marijuana.

In the Avestan Language cannabis is Image , which means Haoma. It is also know by many other names in other languages. In very early times, in one of the most ancient of languages3, it was known as Image Hao ma. Hao having the meaning of "good" and Ma being the chinese word for "hemp"!

Chinese, a pictographic language thousands of years old retains symbols for it to this day.

In modern Chinese it is depicted by the pictographs Image for Huo Ma and the seed known as Image Huo Ma Ren or "Fire Hemp Seed", from it's spicy flavor when mixed with the plant as it would have originally been used.

Sirius- Sothis- Tishtar- the Morning Star
SOTHIS (Sirius) the bright morning star visible with the rising sun and moon was a sign, to cognizant ancients, it was time to plant and nature would do the watering.

Long before irrigation canals there were some that realized by looking to the east for the heliacal rising or "heavenly sign" of "the bright and morning star", known as SOTHIS to the Egyptians, Tishtar to Zoroastrians, and to us in modern times as Sirius, that when this sign was visible in the morning sky with the rising sun and moon all in place, it marked the season to SOW THIS STONE, of the fruit, and nature would do the watering. This could be viewed as fulfilling the symbolic nature of "Alpha and Omega" that which in the "beginning" was a seed would grow into a plant that in the "end" would give back the seed from which it began. When this plant that caused human to sit back and ponder deeper thoughts giving cognizance of the plant being capable of being planted, harvested, and stored in a dry location (i.e. cave). From this point forward humans had more time for other endeavors, to be creative, and societies emerged.

Etymology of Chinese Ma -English hemp
Etymology of Chinese Ma -English hemp Source: -Learn Chinese at http://Zhongwen.com result from entering (hemp) in the search box.

In the fall the seedy tops of the plant were cut off and bundled up by the women, whom were known to have been the ones to have gathered root. and herbs.

A certain number of tops would be tied together with a spindly branch of the plant and then put before a fire to dry. There was a precise distance they would be kept so as not to cook or crack the seeds but close enough to quickly dry the bundles out.

These bundles known as Baresma (Berries of Ma, Image is Chinese for hemp) could then be stored for use until the next harvest season.

Archaeological relics from Margiana Turkmenistan showing temple layout and ancient strainers and bowls.
Archaeological relics from Margiana Turkmenistan showing temple layout and ancient strainers and bowls. Circa 2,000-3,000 B.C See note (1)

Daily the Baresma would be brought out and pounded with water to release the nutrients of the seed and plant matter into the water. This pulverized slurry was then placed in a filtering vessel with a hole in the bottom where a bowl would be placed beneath to catch the liquid, a greenish-yellow milk, where one cup could supply all of the dietary needs of a person satisfying their hunger for at least a day. The Haoma had to be prepared on a regular basis because like cows milk it will turn rancid. After setting for a day or two it separates into 3 parts with the flour settling to the bottom and oil floating to the top of the water, the third part that separates the other two.

Hemp seed oil lamp
Replica of ceramic lamps found in middle east archaeological digs uses hemp wick and burn hemp seed oil. Made by dan&mary.
Once the oil has separated it can be poured off the top of the water and used for oil in an oil lamp. Oil lamps are found in such abundance in archaeological digs in the middle east that authenticated copies dated to around 700 A.D. can be purchased for less than $50.00 (American). It is reported that most homes often had broken remnants of hundreds and a large number of functional lamps remaining. A vast number of other purposes from body oil, anointing, to paint base, shellacs, and more. Today it could even be used in diesel powered vehicles or to power generating facilities as a clean burning, eco-friendly, renewable energy resource.

February 1938 Popular Mechanics ran an article declaring new innovations with a Hemp Decortating Machine would once again make hemp competitive calling it the
February 1938 Popular Mechanics ran an article declaring new innovations with a Hemp Decortating Machine would once again make hemp competitive calling it the

In February 1938 Popular Mechanics ran an article declaring new innovations with a Hemp Decortating Machine would once again make hemp competitive calling it the "New Billion Dollar Crop", detailing it's ancient history, and relatively obscure usefulness which few today recall.

"Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody "hurds" remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than seventy-seven per cent cellulose, and can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane."

Today even more products could be produced and in fact are. Composite building materials, from 2x4 framing material to fiberboard for floors, walls, and roofing material, to Hempcrete for building lightweight, fire retardant structures. This plant, it's fiber, and oil bearing seed which caused societies to advance, just as stated in the Avesta, has caused some debate amongst researchers over the last couple of hundred years as to the true identity of Haoma. Russian Archaeologist Victor I. Sarianidi discovered evidence in the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex dating between the second and third millennium B.C. that clearly points to Hemp as the most likely candidate to solve the Soma-Haoma Problem. He submitted his findings in the Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies 'EJVS' Vol. 9, Issue 1d, May 5,2003. However, his findings have not been widely accepted because most researchers do not want to include Hemp, Marijuana, as a candidate because it is considered a recreational drug (*1). This ignores the Truth of anciently recorded historical use of Hemp to the point of blinding those researchers to several important facts revealed in their researches.

Hemp seed - EJVS Haoma seed comparison
May 2003 EJVS issue 1c, C.C. Bakels, Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden explained the contents of ceramic vessels in the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex, Turkmenistan cannot be hemp seed because the shape is wrong. This picture is to show the similarity of the findings and the Hemp seed

Today most Scholars agree it is not a fermented drink because there is not enough time in the preparation ceremonies, described in ancient text, for fermentation to take place, yet C.C. Bakels believes the evidence shows a cereal which would require fermenting.

The impressions caused by seeds are not of hemp. They are too small, for instance, do not have the right shape nor the right type of surface pattern. The long, grooved stems are not incontestably identifiable as Ephedra. The original contents consisted in my opinion of broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum) and the stems might also belong to this cereal, although that cannot be proven. (SEE Note 2. below)

Researchers that discount Hemp as a viable candidate for Haoma should become more familiar with the seeds of Hemp as there are varieties with very small seeds and then there are effects of nature that can produce a crop of smaller then normal seeds at full maturity. Also without seeds remaining in the samples one does not know if the seeds had reached maturity and if not they would be very small. The totality of facts required to identify Haoma with any certainty show this to be an improper identity of seed imprints found at Margiana. As well as the other leading candidates alone or as mixtures. Ephedra, Poppies, Mushrooms, Syrian Rue, nor any other candidate besides Hemp meets all textually and orally identified properties. To positively identify Haoma the simplest of the following properties must be met: 1. The Avesta defines it as a single plant not a mixture of plants. 2. It provides nutrition, it is a food. 3. It has Healing properties. 4. It has mild Psychoactive properties, provoking thought or visions. 5. It provides material for garments, i.e. "sacred girdle", "Kusti". 6. It grows in the mountains, valleys, gorges, along rivers and streams. 7. It has been called a tree, shrub, bush, "grass", cane, and reed. 8. It is oderfarious "Sweet smelling good growth of the lord"

From the text of the Avestan "Hom Yasht" (Marijuana Hymn) Yasna 9-11, dedicated to Haoma and it's sacredness, it seems apparent that the ancients had cognizance of the healing properties provided by this drink. Modern science has shown the psychoactive principle (THC) of Haoma is not only responsible for the Homeostatic Balance of the Human body (Note 2.), it is also a "gram positive antibiotic" which is capable of killing the streptococci virus responsible for pneumonia, strep throat and scarlet fever.

THC is oil soluble so it would easily be emulsified with the milk and pass through the strainer embodied in the Haoma Sacrament and the mild psychoactive properties would produce "enlightening" "visions" or "good thoughts" producing "good words" and or "good deeds" in answer to questions they may not have otherwise pondered.

The video below speaks with Victor Sardini at his digs in the Kara Kum desert and about the discovery of the ancient Haoma.

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*1. Local picture used is a scaled down version of original Fig.3. Summary Table. (cache) from May 2003 volume 9 issue 1d (cache) from the Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies at the EJVS project. (cache)

*2. Dr. Robert Melamede (cache), Microbiologist, Molecular Geneticist, Head of University of Colorado Biology Dept., has held a lifelong interest in "Life" and "Aging". He is also Professor of a course "Endocannabinoids and Medical Marijuana" (cache)

Endocannabinoids are lipid compounds, produced by all of us, that act on cannabinoid (THC) receptors. Their biological activity is similar to that of cannabinoids such as THC found in marijuana plants (Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica). Endocannabinoids are lipid metabolites with global homeostatic activities. They regulate all of our body systems. Therefore, we will touch on many aspects of biology including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, neurology and molecular biology. The thread that will run throughout the course will be far from equilibrium thermodynamics and its applications to biological systems. Using these physical concepts, we will examine life/death, and health/illness and how social, political and economic principles all emerge from the underlying physics, and the roles that endocannabinoids and medical marijuana play in these processes.

*3. __SEE "Carvings may rewrite history of Chinese characters", at: http://www.china.org.cn/english/culture/211265.htm (cache)

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