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Making sense of Tantric Buddhism : history, semiology, and transgression in the Indian traditions

Author: Christian K Wedemeyer
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2013.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian K Wedemeyer
ISBN: 9780231530958 0231530951 9780231162401 0231162405 9780231162418 0231162413
OCLC Number: 929836895
Description: XX, 313 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: List of Figures and Tables Preface and Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction: Making Sense in and of the Human Sciences Part 1: Historiography 1. Origins Understanding Tantric Buddhism through its Origins The Quest for Origins as Method in the History of Religions 2. Narrating Tantric Buddhism The Poetics of Historiography The Tropology of Esoteric Buddhism Historical Narrative and Ideological Implication 3. Going Native: Traditional Historiography of Esoteric Buddhism Historiography and Cosmology in Exoteric Buddhism Historiography and Cosmology in Esoteric Buddhism Observations on Structure Part 2: Interpretation 4. The Semiology of Transgression The Literal and the Figurative in Tantric Hermeneutics Connotative Semiotics as Exegetical Method Connotative Semiotics in Tantric Ritual Connotative Semiotics in Tantric Scripture 5. "The Practice" of Indian Esoteric Buddhism Terms of Art as an Interpretative Problem Interpreting the Practice Observance I: Irony and Inversion Interpreting the Practice Observance II: Prerequisites and Temporal Frame Interpreting the Practice Observance III: ?aiva Parallels 6. Tantric Buddhist Transgression in Context The Social Location of Tantric Buddhism as an Interpretative Problem Contriving Marginality The Common Repertoire of Buddhist Professionals "Carnivalesque" or "Rituals of Rebellion"? But...Did They Really Do It?! Conclusion: No Two "Ways" About It Appendix I: The Indrabhuti Story According to Pad ma dkar po (ca. 1575) Appendix II: Chapter Nine of the Buddhakapala Tantra, "The Practice" (Caryapatala) Notes Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Christian K. Wedemeyer.

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