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

Author: Geoffrey Samuel
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Yoga, tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernised forms throughout the world today, but most introductions to Hinduism of Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed. This book is an interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 C.E., with particular focus on the development of yogic and tantric traditions. It assesses how much we really know about this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Samuel
ISBN: 9780521873512 0521873517 9780521695343 0521695341
OCLC Number: 166357687
Description: x, 422 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Stories and sources --
The second urbanisation of South Asia --
Two worlds and their interactions --
Religion in the early states --
The origins of the Buddhist and Jain orders --
The Brahmanical alternative --
Interlude: asceticism and celibacy in Indic religions --
The classical synthesis --
Tantra and the wild goddesses --
Subtle bodies, longevity, and internal alchemy --
Tantra and the state --
The later history of yoga and tantra --
Postlude.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Samuel.
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Yoga and tantra are practised in modernized forms throughout the world today, but most introductions to Hinduism or Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed. This book seeks to  Read more...

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