The Economics of Ecstasy: Tantra, Secrecy and Power in Colonial Bengal

The Economics of Ecstasy: Tantra, Secrecy and Power in Colonial Bengal

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by Hugh B. Urban
     
 

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"This volume explores the Bengali Kartabhaja sect and its place in the broader movement of Tantra, an Indian religious movement notorious for its alleged use of shocking sexual language and rituals. Hugh B. Urban looks closely at the relationship between the rise of the Kartabhajas, who flourished at the turn of the nineteenth century, and the changing economic…  See more details below

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"This volume explores the Bengali Kartabhaja sect and its place in the broader movement of Tantra, an Indian religious movement notorious for its alleged use of shocking sexual language and rituals. Hugh B. Urban looks closely at the relationship between the rise of the Kartabhajas, who flourished at the turn of the nineteenth century, and the changing economic context of colonial Bengal." Urban shows that the case of the Kartabhajas opens many new insights not merely into the specific case of one minor Bengali cult, but also into much larger cross-cultural and theoretical issues, including the changing role of the lower class, marginalized groups under the changing conditions of colonialism, the changing role of Tantric traditions during the period of British rule, and the topic of secrecy as a cross-cultural category in the study of religion. Urban's reflections on the ethical and epistemological dilemmas involved in studying traditions that wish to remain secret will set a new standard for discussion of this controversial issue.

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"Urban's two volumes offer a magisterial overview and theoretically sophisticated interpretation of a group that is notoriously difficult to approach, either linguistically or in terms of context." —Journal of the American Oriental Society

"A refreshing blend of archival and field research, history of religions, postmodernism, and postcolonial studies."— The Journal of Religion

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ISBN-13:
9780198031826
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2001
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NOOK Book
File size:
851 KB

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University of Chicago

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The Economics of Ecstasy: Tantra, Secrecy and Power in Colonial Bengal 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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