Since the earliest dawn of history, there has been inherent in the human organism a longing or craving for something to blunt the keen edge of anguish and sorrow, as well as to curb the intellect and inhibit the will, thereby giving full reign to the sentiments and passions during times of conviviality and enjoyment.
Glancing down through the ages into the dim twilight of the past we behold the Chinese using wine from grapes and beer from rice, somewhat like the present saki of Japan; the Hindus sura made from rice, barley, honey and other ingredients by the common people and soma made from the juice of certain plants, and after fermentation offered as a libation to their favorite Gods, Indra, Vishnu and others by the priesthood and rulers. "The ancient Persian writings, the Zend Avesta, dating back to the period of Zoroaster possibly 4000 to 6000 years B.C.,
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