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The economics of ecstasy : tantra, secrecy, and power in colonial Bengal

Author: Hugh B Urban
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
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This is a study of the Bengali Kartabhaja sect and its place in the broader movement of Tantrism, an Indian religious movement employing purposely shocking sexual language and rituals.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Urban, Hugh B.
Economics of ecstasy.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
(DLC) 00058911
(OCoLC)44632997
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh B Urban
ISBN: 1423762258 9781423762256 019513902X 9780195139020
OCLC Number: 65183425
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 286 pages)
Contents: pt. 1. The secret marketplace : historical origins and socioeconomic contexts --
pt. 2. The power of secrecy : esoteric discourse and practice --
pt. 3. The liability of secrecy : secrecy as a source of scandal and slander, elitism and exploitation.
Responsibility: Hugh B. Urban.

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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. * Read more...

 
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