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.