MaÚnÚdalas and Yantras in the Hindu Traditions

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BRILL, 2003 - History - 303 pages
In recent years man d alas have attracted much interest among a wider public. The main focus of such interest has been directed toward Tibetan man d alas, specimens of which have been included in numerous publications. But man d alas are found across a wide spectrum of South Asian religious traditions, including those of the Hindus and Jains. Hindu man d alas and yantras have hardly been researched. This book attempts to fill this gap by clarifying important aspects of man d alas and yantras in specific Hindu traditions through investigations by renowned specialists in the field. Its chapters explore man d alas and yantras in the Sm rta, P Ůcar tra, aiva and kta traditions. An essay on the v stupuru aman d ala and its relationship to architecture is also included. With 13 colour plates.

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The Use of Mandalas and Yantras in the Pāficarātra Tradition
Mandalas in Some Early Saiva Tantras
Mandalas in Abhinavaguptas TantrŚloka
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About the author (2003)

Gudrun BŁhnemann, Dr. phil. (1980), University of Vienna, is a Professor at the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Publications include The Iconography of Hindu Tantric Deities (2 volumes, Egbert Forsten, 2000–2001).

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