Kiss of the Yoginī: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts

Kiss of the Yoginī: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts #2020

Kiss of the Yogin Tantric Sex in its South Asian Contexts For those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the Tantric sex currently being marketed so successfully in the West David Gordon White has a simple answer there is none Sweeping
  • Title: Kiss of the Yoginī: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts
  • Author: David Gordon White
  • ISBN: 9780226894836
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the Tantric sex currently being marketed so successfully in the West, David Gordon White has a simple answer there is none Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian TantraFor those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the Tantric sex currently being marketed so successfully in the West, David Gordon White has a simple answer there is none Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian Tantra from the medieval period to the present day.Kiss of the Yogin focuses on what White identifies as the sole truly distinctive feature of South Asian Tantra sexualized ritual practices, especially as expressed in the medieval Kaula rites Such practices centered on the exchange of powerful, transformative sexual fluids between male practitioners and wild female bird and animal spirits known as Yoginis It was only by drinking the sexual fluids of the Yoginis that men could enter the family of the supreme godhead and thereby obtain supernatural powers and transform themselves into gods By focusing on sexual rituals, White resituates South Asian Tantra, in its precolonial form, at the center of religious, social, and political life, arguing that Tantra was the mainstream, and that in many ways it continues to influence contemporary Hinduism, even if reformist misunderstandings relegate it to a marginal position.Kiss of the Yogin contains White s own translations from over a dozen Tantras that have never before been translated into any European language It will prove to be the definitive work for persons seeking to understand Tantra and the crucial role it has played in South Asian history, society, culture, and religion.
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    I would love to read something real about tantra that doesn t involve descriptions of how Sting has sex for 22 hours straight This looks like a likely candidate Recommended by Heather s yoga teacher.

    This book gives an interesting perspective on the author s meaning of Tantra, while supporting that perspective with a plethora of sources such as architecture, art history, etc.

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