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Sinister Yogis

David Gordon White


Since the 1960s, yoga has become a billion-dollar industry in the West, attracting housewives and hipsters, New Agers and the old-aged. But our modern conception of yoga derives much from nineteenth-century European spirituality, and the true story of yoga's origins in South Asia is far richer, stranger, and more entertaining than most of us realize. To uncover this history, the book focuses on yoga's practitioners. Combing through millennia of South Asia's vast and diverse literature, it discovers that yogis are usually portrayed as wonder-workers or sorcerers who use their dangerous supernat ... More

Keywords: yoga, yogis, South Asia, sorcerers, supernatural, spirituality, possession, levitation, power, wealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226895130
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226895154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Gordon White, author