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Ambrosia & Nectar

Living drops
Poetic Mead
Elixir of Life
Water of Life
Living Water


“Ambrosia” is derived from the Greek ambrotos where a- ("not") and mbrotos ("mortal"). The literal translation of Ambrotos into English would be the word Immortal where im- (“not”) and mortal (“death”). In Greek Mythology ambrosia is sometimes the food, sometimes the drink, of the gods, often depicted as conferring ageless immortality upon whomever consumes it. It was brought to the gods in Olympus by doves (Odyssey xii.62), so may have been thought of in the Homeric tradition as a kind of divine exhalation of the Earth. Ambrosia is very closely related to the gods' other form of sustenance, nectar. The two terms may not have originally been distinguished, though in Homer's poems, nectar is the drink and ambrosia the food of the gods. On the other hand, in Alcman, nectar is the food, and in Sappho (fragment 45) and Anaxandrides, ambrosia is the drink. Derivatively the word Ambrosia (neut. plur.) was given to certain festivals in honor of Dionysus, the bright shining spotted, woodland dwelling God, the original creator of the ancient Greek “wine.”

“Nectar” is derived from Latin nectar "drink of the gods", which in turn has its origins in the Greek word (néktar), presumed to be a compound of the elements nek- "death" and -tar "overcoming".

“Amrita” is derived from a Sanskrit word that literally means "without death", and is often referred to in the Rig Veda as Soma and or Nectar. Corresponds to the Greek ambrotos (ambrosia).

“Soma” is derived from an Indo-Iranian root *sav- (Sanskrit sav-) "to press", i.e. *sav-ma- is the drink prepared by pressing the stalks of the Soma plant. The root is probably Proto-Indo-European (*sewh-), and also appears in son (from *suhnu-, "pressed out" i.e. "newly born"), which leads to interesting questions as to what the concept “son of God” originally meant. In the Rig Veda Hymns, Soma, Amrita and Nectar are found as descriptive terms for the same “plant/God/drink” so the Soma or “pressed” drink was Amrita or "without death"and it was also the nectar or “death overcoming.” In ancient Greek, Soma means “body” and if the Greeks followed the Vedic model, it was from the Soma “body” that the Ambrotos “not-mortal” and Nectar “death overcoming,” sacred food and drink came from.

“Living drops” a term for the Soma drink found in the Rig Veda, the Soma drink as an immortal God was composed of “living drops” Rig Veda 9-64-17.

“Mead of Poetry” (Old Norse skáldskapar mjaðar), also known as Mead of Suttungr (Suttungmjaðar), in Norse mythology is a mythical beverage that whoever "drinks becomes a skald (Poet) or scholar" able to recite any information and solve any question.The drink is a vivid metaphor for poetic inspiration, often associated with Odin the god of “possession,” “runes.” “magic” and “poetic inspiration”. The “Mead of Poetry” is differentiated in the Norse myths from the common or alcoholic mead made with yeast. The name Poetic Mead or Mead of Poetry implies that the drink inspires elegant Poetry and either tastes like honey or was made with honey. Dried Amanita muscaria when water extracted as a strong solution, looks, smells and tastes remarkably like honey. The Fleece generated from dried Amanita muscaria will also grow quite well on a honey water solution. In the Rig Veda, “Soma” also called the “master Poet” is equated to honey in taste. The “Mead of Poetry” like “Soma” the “Master of the house of Song,” can inspire poetry because it contains Poetry in it self, the drink is liquid poetry, the wellspring of poetry and song.

The “Elixir of Life”, also known as the elixir of immortality or Dancing Water or Aab-e-Hayaat and sometimes equated with the philosopher's stone, is a legendary potion, or drink, that grants the drinker eternal life or eternal youth. Many practitioners of alchemy pursued it. The elixir of life was also said to be able to create life. It is related to the myths of Enoch, Thoth, and Hermes Trismegistus, all of whom in various tales are said to have drunk "the liquid gold” and thus achieved immortality. Not only does a water extract of dried Amanita muscaria taste sweet, it is golden to amber in color, like “liquid gold.” A water extract of properly dried Amanita muscaria can also resurrect and “create life” just as the Alchemist’s Elixir of Life was reputed to do, as the quote above shows “the elixir of life was also said to be able to create life.”

The “Water of Life” is a term found in the New Testament which corresponds to the Greek Ambrotos the Sanskrit Amrita and the Alchemists Elixir of Life.

John 4:14 “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Rev 21:6 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

“Living Water” is a Biblical term related to the “water of life” and to the “living drops” of Soma.
Jeremiah 2:13 “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed themselves out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
John 7:38 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” This quote from John seems to refer to psychoactive urine, the knowledge of which is commonly found in cultures consuming Amanita muscaria, the only ”plant” in Eur-Asia known to produce a mentally active urine.

A vast area of ancient Eur-Asia was home to a Sacred God/plant/drink with hundreds of Sacred Names. A drink of Wisdom and Poetry from the very dawn of time that is found everywhere the Indo-European peoples had an influence. The Sacred drink had the following properties; it was “immortal” often associated with divine vessels, the drink was fragrant and tasted good, it “inspired” the drinker being either the source of Poetry or the source of Wisdom, it healed disease, it prolonged human life, and in a religious context it was the way to immortality.

See these other Ambrosia Society pages for related information.



Rig Veda

Odin & the Eddas

The Emerald Tablet

The Names of a God

The Holy Grail

Outside links

Wikipedia Ambrosia

Wikipedia Amrita

Wikipedia Nectar

Wikipedia Soma

Wikipedia Botanical identity of Soma-Haoma

Wikipedia Poetic Mead

Wikipedia Elixir of Life

Wikipedia Philosophers Stone

Wikipedia Holy Grail

Wikipedia Mímir's Well

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