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The origins of yoga and tantra : Indic religions to the thirteenth century

Author: Geoffrey Samuel; Cambridge University Press.
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, cop. 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 CE.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Samuel; Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 9780521873512 0521873517 9780521695343 0521695341
OCLC Number: 909974992
Description: x, 422 s. : il. ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Stories and sources; Part I. Meditation and Yoga: 3. The second urbanisation of South Asia; 4. Two worlds and their interactions; 5. Religion in the early states; 6. The origins of the Buddhist and Jain orders; 7. The Brahmanical alternative; 8. Interlude: asceticism and celibacy in Indic religions; Part II. Tantra: 9. The classical synthesis; 10. Tantra and the wild goddesses; 11. Subtle bodies, longevity and internal alchemy; 12. Tantra and the state; 13. The later history of yoga and tantra; 14. Postlude.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Samuel.

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' ... a masterful book that I am very grateful to have read ...' Yoga and Tantra

 
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