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

Author: Hugh B Urban; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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This 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, looks at the  Read more...


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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh B Urban; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 019513902X 9780195139020
OCLC Number: 57501516
Notes: Title from title screen (viewed 13 January 2005).
Originally published in print: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: A Note (or Apology) on TransliterationAbbreviationsIntroduction: Secrecy and Symbolic PowerI. The Secret Marketplace: Historical Origins and Socioeconomic Contexts1: The Underworld of the Imperial City: The Religious, Social, Economic Context of Early Colonial Bengal and the Rise of the Kartabhajas2: The Religion of Man (Manuser Dharma): The Religious Ideals and Social Vision of the KartabhajasII. The Power of Secrecy: Esoteric Discourse and Practice3: The Language of the Mint: Secrecy and Esoteric Discourse in the Kartabhajas Tradition4: The Poor Company: Mercantile Discourse and Its Deformations in the Bhaver Gita5: Secret Bodies: Physical Disciplines and Ecstatic TechniquesIII. The Liability of Secrecy: Secrecy as a Source of Scandal and Slander, Elitism and Exploitation6: The Stinking Fruit in the Garden of Love: The Katabhajas and the Ambivalent Role of "Tantra" in Colonial Bengal7: The Economics of Ecstacy: The Economic Hierarchy and Business Tactics of the Katabhajas8: The Progressive "Exotericization" and "Institutionalization" of an Esoteric TraditionConclusions and Comparative Comments: "Uninitiated Understanding"NotesSelect BibliographyIndex
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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