The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Paperback | January 26, 2017

byAndré Padoux

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Tantra occupies a unique position in Western understandings of Hindu spirituality. Its carnal dimension has made its name instantly recognizable, but this popular fascination with sex has obscured its philosophical depth and ritual practices, to say nothing of its overall importance to Hinduism.
 
This book offers a clear, well-grounded overview of Tantra that offers substantial new insights for scholars and practitioners. André Padoux opens by detailing the history of Tantra, beginning with its origins, founding texts, and major beliefs. The second part of the book delves more deeply into key concepts relating to the tantric body, mysticism, sex, mantras, sacred geography, and iconography, while the final part considers the practice of Tantra today, both in India and in the West. The result is an authoritative account of Tantra’s history and present place in the world.
 

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Tantra occupies a unique position in Western understandings of Hindu spirituality. Its carnal dimension has made its name instantly recognizable, but this popular fascination with sex has obscured its philosophical depth and ritual practices, to say nothing of its overall importance to Hinduism.   This book offers a clear, well-grounde...

André Padoux is professor emeritus in the research unit on Hinduism at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris and the author of a number of books on Tantra.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 26, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022642409X

ISBN - 13:9780226424095

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Table of Contents

Note on the Pronunciation and Transcription of Sanskrit
Preface
Introduction
 
Part I      The Hindu Tantric Domain
1          The Hindu Tantric Field: Terminology and Attempts at Defining a Tantric Domain
2          Origins, History, Expansion
3          The Textual Material
4          Tantric Traditions: Fundamental Notions, Beliefs, and Speculations
Part II    The Tantric World
5          The Tantric Body
6          Sex
7          The Tantric Word: Mantras
8          Tantric Ritual
9          The Spiritual Aspect
10        Tantric Places or Practices
Part III   Tantra Today
11        Tantra in India
12        Tantra in the West

Notes
Glossary
Bibliographical References
Index

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“The Hindu Tantric World presents a refreshingly critical, balanced, and concise survey of the field. Doyen of Hindu Tantric studies, Padoux translates the fruits of his decades of specialized research into an elegant and useful guidebook that helpfully situates these traditions within the broader fabric of South Asian religious culture. Nowhere else can a general readership find such an accessible and state-of-the-art treatment of the histories, theories, and practices of Tantric Hinduism.”