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The Power of Tantra: Religion, Sexuality and the Politics of South Asian Studies
     

The Power of Tantra: Religion, Sexuality and the Politics of South Asian Studies

by Hugh B. Urban
 

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In the West, the varied body of texts and traditions known as Tantra for more than two centuries has had the capacity to scandalise and shock. For European colonisers, Orientalist scholars and Christian missionaries of the Victorian era, Tantra was generally seen as the most degenerate and depraved example of the worst tendencies of the so-called "Indian mind":

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