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The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

André Padoux

Abstract

Tantra occupies a unique position in Western understandings of Hindu spirituality. Its carnal dimension has made its name instantly recognizable, but this popular fascination with sex has obscured its philosophical depth and ritual practices, to say nothing of its overall importance to Hinduism. This book offers a clear, well-grounded overview of Tantra that offers substantial new insights for scholars and practitioners. The book opens by detailing the history of Tantra, beginning with its origins, founding texts, and major beliefs. The second part of the book delves more deeply into key conce ... More

Keywords: sex, Tantra, Hindu spirituality, Hinduism, body, mysticism, mantra, sacred geography, iconography, India

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226423937
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

André Padoux, author
Centre national de la recherche scientifique