Sinister Yogis

Sinister Yogis

by David Gordon White
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226895130

ISBN-13: 9780226895130

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

Overview

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, David Gordon White focuses on yoga’s practitioners. Combing through millennia of South Asia’s vast and diverse literature, he discovers that yogis are usually portrayed as wonder-workers or sorcerers who use their dangerous supernatural abilities—which can include raising the dead, possession, and levitation—to acquire power, wealth, and sexual gratification. As White shows, even those yogis who aren’t downright villainous bear little resemblance to Western assumptions about them. At turns rollicking and sophisticated, Sinister Yogis tears down the image of yogis as detached, contemplative teachers, finally placing them in their proper context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226895130
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Related Subjects

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations        

Preface

Note on Transliteration

Abbreviations              

1 Tales of Sinister Yogis          

2 Ceci n’est pas un Yogi          

3 Embodied Ascent, Meditation, and Yogic Suicide     

4 The Science of Entering Another Body          

5 Yogi Gods         

6 Mughal, Modern, and Postmodern Yogis   

Notes    

Bibliography        

Index   

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >