Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Hugh B. Urban


a posh physique of non secular practices that unfold in the course of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions; a sort of spirituality that likely combines sexuality, sensual excitement, and the total variety of actual adventure with the non secular life—Tantra has held a relevant but conflicted position in the Western mind's eye ever because the first "discovery" of Indian religions through eu students. continually radical, regularly super different, Tantra has confirmed a key consider the imagining of India. This publication deals a severe account of the way the phenomenon has grow to be.

Tracing the advanced family tree of Tantra as a class in the historical past of religions, Hugh B. city unearths the way it has been shaped during the interaction of well known and scholarly imaginations. Tantra emerges as a manufactured from mirroring and misrepresentation at paintings among East and West--a dialectical classification born out of the continuing play among Western and Indian minds. Combining ancient element, textual research, well known cultural phenomena, and demanding idea, this booklet indicates Tantra as a moving amalgam of fantasies, fears, and wish-fulfillment, straight away local and different, that moves on the very middle of our buildings of the unique Orient and the modern West.

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