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ISBN-10: 022642409X
ISBN-13: 9780226424095
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 03/07/2017
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.90" W, 0.60" H

The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

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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. André Padoux 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 concepts relating to 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.

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"Padoux has long been recognized as one of the most important scholars of Tantra in the world. He is universally recognized in the field as one of the most reliable and erudite guides to this complex, controversial, and often misrepresented tradition. In The Hindu Tantric World, Padoux presents an accessible, clear, and up-to-date introduction to the topic that demonstrates his mastery of the primary materials and his decades of scholarship."– "Hugh Urban, Ohio State University"
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Details

ISBN-10: 022642409X
ISBN-13: 9780226424095
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 03/07/2017
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.90" W, 0.60" H
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