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Tantra : sex, secrecy, politics, and power in the study of religion

Author: Hugh B Urban
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Offers a critical account of how the phenomenon of Tantra has come to be. Tracing the complex genealogy of the phenomenon as a category within the history of religions, this book reveals how it has  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh B Urban
ISBN: 0520236564 9780520236561 0520230620 9780520230620
OCLC Number: 469743864
Notes: Bibliogr. p. 337-366.
Description: 1 v. (XVI-372 p.) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations Preface and Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: Diagnosing the "Disease" of Tantra 1. The Golden Age of the Vedas and the Dark Age of Kali: Tantrism, Orientalism, and the Bengal Renaissance 2. Sacrificing White Goats to the Goddess: Tantra and Political Violence in Colonial India 3. India's Darkest Heart: Tantra in the Literary Imagination 4. Deodorized Tantra: Sex, Scandal, Secrecy, and Censorship in the Works of John Woodroffe and Swami Vivekananda 5. Religion for the Age of Darkness: Tantra and the History of Religions in the Twentieth Century 6. The Cult of Ecstasy: Meldings of East and West in a New Age of Tantra Conclusion: Reimagining Tantra in Contemporary Discourse Notes Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Hugh B. Urban.
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