Jean Kellens and Philippe Swennen, Le sacrifice et la nature humaine
Both Vedic and Mazdaean sacrifices speak about origins of mankind. But if they do it starting from a common
inherited basis, the soma/haoma offering, their perspectives are different. In the Vedic world, human destiny
is summarized through the sacrificer's ritual: becoming a new first embryo, comparable to Martanda, he tries
to reconquer a divine status, as Vivasvant did. In the Mazdaean sacrifice, the divine, that is, spiritual
nature is obtained by the priests who drink haoma in order to immediately begin to conquer their eschatological
future, denying the present material condition.