Soma is the narcotic yet innocuous dream-inducing drug taken by citizens of the new world to relieve bad feelings or to take a break from life. It is the government's way of controlling individuals through pleasure. Soma is consumed in various situations: for confidence, to relieve bad feelings and thoughts, for sex, and for a soma-holiday (in which the consumer is unconsciously transported to an imaginary holiday).
Soma originates from 'sauma': the ritual drink taken by the early Indo-Iranians and the later Vedic and Persian cultures. Worshippers believed that taking soma would make them immortal:
- a ápāma sómam amŕtā abhūmâganma jyótir ávidāma devân
- c kíṃ nūnám asmân kṛṇavad árātiḥ kím u dhūrtír amṛta mártyasya
- We have drunk Soma and become immortal; we have attained the light, the Gods discovered.
- Now what may foeman's malice do to harm us? What, O Immortal, mortal man's deception?