--- "S.Kalyanaraman" <kalyan97@...> wrote:
> ...
> homa bison (Pe.); hama id. (Mand..); soma a wild buffalo = bison
> (Kui); homma bison (Kuwi); ho_ma sambar (Kuwi)(DEDR 2849).
> http://www.hindunet.org/saraswati/Indian%20Lexicon/buffalo.htm
> So, when a bison is shown on seals etc. it connotes homa 'bison';
> read rebus with the homonym hom 'gold' which is cognate with
> soma 'electrum' (Rigveda). ...

I thought that the Soma in the Rigveda was the juice of a plant
(probably ephedra). The priests would not be handling molten gold and
silver by pressing it between two stones.