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Books - The History and Natural History of Ephedra as SOMA
Written by S. Mahdihassan   

 

 
Fig. 2 Buddha holding an ephedra plant with thin long stalks: (Enlargement from Fig.!.)
 
 
 
Fig. 5 A Zoroastrian holding long thin stalks of ephedra to be presented before fire to consecrate it (from a golden plaque date 3rd century B.C., now in British Museum. From Savill 1977).
 
 
 
Fig. 8 Ephedra genardiana, growing wild.
 
Fig. 9 Ephedra gerardiana, a protion of a plant enlarged with thin long stalks, bearing flowers, but no leaves; stalks are jointed, one being indicated with an arrow. From Wealth of India.
 
 
Fig.l1 "Haoma (Soma) of the Persians" as illustrated by Darmesteter (1982).
 
 
 
 
Fig.15 Ephedra sinica. From Shih-Chia-Chung (1977) received through the kindness of Sir Joseph Needham, Cambridge.
 
Fig.16 Ephedra equisetina source as in Fig.15.
 
 
Fig.18 A portion of Fig. 17, enlarged. Inset is Fig. 8 reduced.
 
 

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