Hay and the Goddess Haya

As I explained in a post on July 19th (below), the religious cradle of civilization in Armenia was once named Hayastan named after the Mother Goddess Haya. As this later became the masculine god Ea-Haya, he was delivered into Mesopotamia by Aryan missionaries to become the Akkadian Ea or Sumerian Enki.

Now, Hayastan (meaning 'land of Haya") is generally believed to be the birthplace of Vedic cosmology and the religious traditions described in the Rig-Veda. Central to this tradition is the fire sacrifice and ingestion of the entheogenic communion drink Soma. As I've mentioned many times before, scholars such as Wasson and Ruck suggest Soma was made from psychedelic mushrooms, possibly laced with Ephedra. But it is where mushrooms tend to grow that I think might explain the hay connection.

Psilocybin mushrooms grow in cow manure. This is believed to be the reason cows were considered holy by the ancient Vedics and present day Hindu. In fact, cow's milk and ghee (a kind of milk butter) were used as a base for the mushroom juice to make Soma, the libation of the gods. Because the mushrooms appeared to originate inside cows by sprouting from their manure, cows were never slaughtered and allowed to roam the streets, as they still are today in many parts of India. They are the children of the Cosmic Cow and Taurus the Bull, which play a major role in the rebirth myth of the Sun as I've written before.

But, as I drove through field after field full of hay, I still couldn't understand what all this might have to do with the name Hayastan and the goddess Haya. Then it hit me.

Cows eat hay, the hay makes manure and the Soma mushrooms grow from manure, thus from hay. The occasional vision of the Mother Goddess Haya produced by the mushrooms must have been deduced to have originated in the grass called Haya. It simply needed to pass through the Holy Cow to become milk, ghee and mushrooms - the sacred ingredients of Soma.

Today, when we call to a friend we still say "Hey"! This, I believe, is left over from a time when people greeted the goddess Haya who appeared in visions after drinking the mind altering communion of the Holy Cow. Such is the likely origin of the later grain cults, such as the Greek goddess Demeter and the Eleusinian mystery school that incorporated similar entheogenic communions in initiation rites.

One last thing. The designer of Rosslyn chapel, Sir Gilbert Hay, was descended from Thomas Hay (arriving in Scotland in the 10th century) from the province of Armenia on the river Euphrates and so steeped in the ancient history of Hayastan. It is this familial ancestry to Armenia, I would wager, that inspired the many carvings of the Green Man and other Vedic symbolisms throughout the chapel, including the etching of the Meru tower on the wall of the underground sacristy. I feel quite sure that the Sinclairs and some of their friends took such communion of the cow during funerary rites and other special occasions in accordance with Vedic traditions.

* The hay photo was taken this past Friday outside my hotel in Wichita, Kansas.