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Soma   /sˈoʊmə/   Listen
Soma

noun
(pl. somata, somas)
1.
Leafless East Indian vine; its sour milky juice formerly used to make an intoxicating drink.  Synonyms: haoma, Sarcostemma acidum.
2.
Personification of a sacred intoxicating drink used in Vedic ritual.
3.
Alternative names for the body of a human being.  Synonyms: anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape.  "He has a strong physique" , "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"






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"Soma" Quotes from Famous Books



... can quite understand, that Polykrates likes to keep his physician near him. I assure you, Darius, it would not be easy to find his equal. He's as handsome as Minutscher, as clever as Piran Wisa, as strong as Rustem, and as benevolent and helpful as the god Soma. I wish you could have seen how well he threw those round metal plates he calls discs. I am no weakling, but when we wrestled he soon threw me. And then he could tell such famous stories—stories that made a man's ...
— Uarda • Georg Ebers

... creatures of mire, they kept whining for fire, and to crown their desire who was found but the Wren? To the high heaven he came, from the Sun stole he flame, and for this has a name in the memory of men! {7} And in India who for the Soma juice flew, and to men brought it through without falter or fail? Why the Hawk 'twas again, and great Indra to men would appear, now and then, in the shape of a Quail, While the Thlinkeet's delight is the Bird of the Night, the beak and the bright ebon plumage of Yehl.{8} And who for man's ...
— Rhymes a la Mode • Andrew Lang

... kinds of plasm, somatic and germinal. The permanent germ-plasm, or the active substance of the two germ-cells (egg-cell and sperm-cell), passes unchanged through a series of generations, and is not affected by environmental influences. The environment modifies only the soma-plasm, the organs and tissues of the body. The modifications that these parts undergo through the influence of the environment or their own activity (use and habit), do not affect the germ-plasm, and ...
— Darwin and Modern Science • A.C. Seward and Others

... that the drink which Quetzalcoatl quaffed was to confer immortality. This is not stated in the earliest versions of the myth. The beverage is health-giving and intoxicating, and excites the desire to seek Tlapallan, but not more. It does not, as the Soma of the Vedas, endow with ...
— American Hero-Myths - A Study in the Native Religions of the Western Continent • Daniel G. Brinton



Words linked to "Soma" :   mortal, individual, physical structure, Hindu deity, body, homo, adult body, vine, somebody, human being, female body, Sarcostemma, male body, flesh, human, haoma, genus Sarcostemma, build, person, organic structure, man, someone, soul, juvenile body, anatomy, Sarcostemma acidum



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