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Spiritual Despots: Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of Self-Rule

J. Barton Scott

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226368672
eISBN:
9780226368702
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226368702.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

Although attacks on priestcraft were ubiquitous in colonial India, the period’s rich archive of anticlerical writing has seldom been systematically studied. As this book shows, however, the spectre ... More


The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

André Padoux

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

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 ... More


Tantric Places or Practices

André Padoux

in The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines how Tantra appears materially on the ground in pilgrimages, temples, and iconography. Born in the Indian subcontinent, Hinduism, whether Tantric or “mainstream,” is deeply ... More


Tantra in India

André Padoux

in The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter provides an overview of Tantra in contemporary India. Tantra appeared in brahmanical circles and developed over the course of centuries within Hinduism. It became part of the Hindu ... More


Tantra in the West

André Padoux

in The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter provides an overview of Tantra in contemporary West. The presence of Tantra in the West is interesting because it is one of the aspects of the relationship between the West and a largely ... More


The Hindu Tantric Field: Terminology and Attempts at Defining a Tantric Domain

André Padoux

in The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter provides an introduction to Tantra in hopes of elucidating its very nature, extent, and continuity in time. Tantra is a phenomenon born in India that has spread across almost the whole ... More


Sex

André Padoux

in The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the place of sex in Tantra. The bad image Tantra often has in India can be attributed to Tantric ritual sexual practices, or, more generally, the transgression of brahmanical ... More


Nirvana in Assam

in The Holy Land Reborn: Pilgrimage and the Tibetan Reinvention of Buddhist India

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226356488
eISBN:
9780226356501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226356501.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Replicas of the landscape or topography of the Buddhist holy land were often carefully modeled imitations of the Indian Buddhist sites, precisely in order to enhance their authenticity, sanctity, and ... More


Comparative Mystics

in The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226453804
eISBN:
9780226453828
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226453828.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter focuses on the encounter between Shakta Tantric Hinduism and British colonialism in nineteenth-century Calcutta. It attempts to employ both its Romantic and colonial lessons to think ... More


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