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Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Loriliai Biernacki

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195327823
eISBN:
9780199785520
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The role of women and ideas of gender are fundamental components of all religious traditions. Tantric traditions in particular offer a unique perspective on women's participation in religious ... More


 Sex Talk and Gender Rites: Women and the Tantric Rite of Sexual Union

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195327823
eISBN:
9780199785520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter addresses women's roles and attitudes toward women in the Tantric rite of sexual union. This chapter also addresses the problem of the relation between sex represented in a text and the ... More


 The “Kālī Practice”: Rereading Women's Roles in Tantra

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195327823
eISBN:
9780199785520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter addresses women's roles in Tantra, examining how and whether women function as actors within Tantric rites or to what degree they function merely as objects of male desire. This chapter ... More


Appendix 2: Synopsis of Contents of the Bṭhannīla Tantra

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195327823
eISBN:
9780199785520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Bṭhannīla Tantra, which forms the primary text used in this study, has not yet been translated from Sanskrit into English or any European language, though it has been published, in its various ... More


Introduction: The Goddess on the Blue Hill of Kāmākhyā

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195327823
eISBN:
9780199785520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The introduction to this book accomplishes several ends. First, the introduction presents an overview of the book and the issues that will be addressed in it. The introduction especially speaks to ... More


 Prayers, Recipes, Memoirs: Hanuman in Hindi Popular Literature

Philip Lutgendorf

in Hanuman's Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195309225
eISBN:
9780199785391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309225.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

After highlighting the growing role of literacy and the mass-dissemination of standardized texts in popular Hindu practice, this chapter turns to the importance of Hanuman in the Hindi devotional ... More


 The Other/Woman: The Role of Wives and Goddesses in a Tantric Rite of Kāmākhyā

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195327823
eISBN:
9780199785520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

What role, if any, do wives play in Tantric rite of sexual union? This chapter focuses on a neglected counterview within Tantric praxis: the participation of the wife as the male practitioner's ... More


 To Speak Like a Woman: The Feminine Mantra and Bodied Speech

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195327823
eISBN:
9780199785520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter looks at the links between “female” speech and the female body, arguing that female speech is frequently stereotypically coded as performative speech. A consequence of this stereotype of ... More


 How the Blue Goddess of Speech Turns Blue

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195327823
eISBN:
9780199785520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter addresses the problem of violence toward women and the silencing of women through violence. Through a myth in the Great Blue Tantra (Bṭhannīla Tantra) this chapter examines a ... More


Conclusion

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195327823
eISBN:
9780199785520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Referencing the image of the Goddess Kāmākhyā, the Renowned Goddess of Desire introduced at the beginning of this book, this conclusion recaps the themes of this book. In particular it argues for a ... More


 The Second Rationality

Ariel Glucklich

in The Footsteps of Vishnu: A Historical Introduction to Hinduism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195314052
eISBN:
9780199871766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter sets aside the work of the intellectual and cultural elites. It identifies the cultural productivity of the lower classes of Hindu society, including women, low castes, magicians and ... More


 Hindu Devotionalism, Tantra, and Celibacy

Carl Olson

in Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195306316
eISBN:
9780199867721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In comparison to classical Hinduism, devotional movement created a more complex situation because such movements were more life affirming and used sexual imagery in its poetry to express an erotic ... More


Tantric and Yogic Shaktism Knowledge of the Goddess's Ways

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter discusses Bengali Shakta tantra. Bengali Shakta tantra is marked by the use of death imagery, seeking the goddess at the cremation ground, having her symbolism bound up by the use of ... More


The Gathering of Intentions: A History of a Tibetan Tantra

Jacob P. Dalton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780231176002
eISBN:
9780231541176
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231176002.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The Gathering of Intentions reads a single Tibetan Buddhist ritual system through the movements of Tibetan history, revealing the social and material dimensions of an ostensibly timeless tradition. ... More


Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet

Holly Gayley

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231180528
eISBN:
9780231542753
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231180528.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Love Letters from Golok chronicles the courtship between two Buddhist tantric masters, Tare Lhamo (1938–2002) and Namtrul Rinpoche (1944–2011), and their passion for reinvigorating Buddhism in ... More


The Broader Theoretical Framework of the Kālacakratantra

Vesna A. Wallace

in The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195122114
eISBN:
9780199834808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195122119.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The first part of this chapter gives a general introduction traditions and theory to the Kālacakratantra, which is described as belonging to the class of the unexcelled yoga‐tantras ... More


A God from Toe to Crown: In Love with the Body of Vishnu

Steven Paul Hopkins

in Singing the Body of God: The Hymns of Vedantadesika in Their South Indian Tradition

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195127355
eISBN:
9780199834327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195127358.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter Five considers an example of Vedåntadeóika's Sanskrit style by way of his dhyåna‐stotra modelled after the Tamil poem of the Untouchable saint‐poet Tiruppåïåôvår. It focuses on a particular ... More


Conclusion: Bhakti's Balm in Bengal

Rachel Fell McDermott

in Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams: Kali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134353
eISBN:
9780199834457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134354.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This concluding chapter has three aims. These are: to recapitulate and comment upon the nuances of the relationship between bhakti (or the devotional attitude) and Tantra as it is expressed in ... More


Devī in the Saundarya Laharī: From Bliss to Beauty; in Light of the Stabat Mater

Francis X. Clooney

in Divine Mother, Blessed Mother: Hindu Goddesses and the Virgin Mary

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195170375
eISBN:
9780199835379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195170377.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The Saundarya Lahari is a hymn of 100 verses, composed in Sanskrit, in the Saiva tantric tradition, and voiced in praise of the great Goddess, Devi. It is attributed to Sankaracarya, the renowned 8th ... More


Conclusion

Robin Rinehart

in Debating the Dasam Granth

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755066
eISBN:
9780199895182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755066.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Sikhism

The concluding chapter explores how scholars have sought to categorize the different compositions within the Dasam Granth and argues that previous models are inadequate, proposing instead to read the ... More


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