Early Tantric Medicine: Snakebite, Mantras, and Healing in the Garuda Tantras

Hardcover | January 6, 2017

byMichael Slouber

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Early Tantric Medicine looks at a traditional medical system that flourished over 1,000 years ago in India. The Garuda Tantras had a powerful influence on traditional medicine for snakebite, and some of their practices remain popular to this day. Snakebite may sound like a rare and exoticphenomenon, but in India it is a problem that affects 1.4 million people every year and results in over 45,000 deaths. Michael Slouber offers a close examination of the Garuda Tantras, which were deemed lost until the author himself discovered numerous ancient titles surviving in Sanskritmanuscripts written on fragile palm-leaves. The volume brings to life this rich tradition in which knowledge and faith are harnessed in complex visualizations accompanied by secret mantras to an array of gods and goddesses; this religious system is combined with herbal medicine and a fascinating mixof lore on snakes, astrology, and healing. The book's appendices include an accurate, yet readable translation of ten chapters of the most significant Tantric medical text to be recovered: the Kriyakalagunottara. Also included is a critical edition based on the surviving Nepalesemanuscripts.

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Early Tantric Medicine looks at a traditional medical system that flourished over 1,000 years ago in India. The Garuda Tantras had a powerful influence on traditional medicine for snakebite, and some of their practices remain popular to this day. Snakebite may sound like a rare and exoticphenomenon, but in India it is a problem that a...

Michael Slouber is Assistant Professor of South Asia in the Department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 6, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190461810

ISBN - 13:9780190461812

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