The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview (Hardback)
  • The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview (Hardback)

The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview (Hardback)

Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 24/03/2017
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Tantra occupies an odd position in Western understandings of Hindu spirituality. Its relationship to sex has made its name instantly recognizable, but this emphasis on sex has obscured its philosophical concerns and ritual practices, to say nothing of its overall importance to Hindu religious life. This book offers a clear, well-grounded overview of Tantra that offers substantial new insights for scholars and practitioners. Andre Padoux opens by detailing the history of Tantra, including its origins, founding texts, and major beliefs. The second part of the book delves more deeply into key concepts like the tantric body, mysticism, sex, mantras, sacred geography, and iconography, while the final part considers the practice of Tantra today, both in India and in the West. The result is an authoritative account of Tantra's history and present place in the world, suitable for beginners and longtime practitioners alike.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226423937
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm

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