The Tantric Body: The Secret Tradition of Hindu Religion

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I.B.Tauris, 2006 - Religion - 244 pages
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.
 

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Contents

The Body as Text
3
The Vedic Body
31
The Tantric Revelation
48
Tantric Civilisation
71
The Pancaratra
100
Saiva Siddhanta
120
Ecstatic Tantra
146
The Tantric Imagination
171
Epilogue
185
The Jaydkhyasamhitd
188
Suggested Further Reading
235
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Gavin Flood is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Stirling.

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