Tantric Body: The Secret Tradition of Hindu Religion

Tantric Body: The Secret Tradition of Hindu Religion

by Gavin Flood
     
 

ISBN-10: 1845110110

ISBN-13: 9781845110116

Pub. Date: 01/05/2006

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

Is tantra just about exotic sexual practice or does it amount to something more? This lively and original book contributes to a more complete understanding of tantra. It argues that within the different Hindu traditions, it is ritual and ascetic practice which fully explains corporeality. Without minimizing its sexual dimensions, Flood argues that the tantric body

Overview

Is tantra just about exotic sexual practice or does it amount to something more? This lively and original book contributes to a more complete understanding of tantra. It argues that within the different Hindu traditions, it is ritual and ascetic practice which fully explains corporeality. Without minimizing its sexual dimensions, Flood argues that the tantric body is more than just a sexual entity, and cannot be understood apart from the religious traditions and texts that give it form. Through ritual and yogic practice the body is formed into a pattern determined by these traditions, and the practitioner thereby strives to mould his or her life into the shape of the tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845110116
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
01/05/2006
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.66(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
• THEORY, TEXT AND HISTORY
• Introduction: The Body as Text
• The Vedic Body
• The Tantric Revelation
• Tantric Civilization
• THE BODY AS TEXT
• The Pancaratra
• Saiva Siddhanta
• Ecstatic Tantra
• The Tantric Imagination
• Appendix 1
• The Jayakhya-samhita chapters 10 and 11
• Appendix 2
• The Tattvas
• Abbreviations
• References
• Index

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