Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Arthur Avalon Among the Orientalists: Sir John Woodroffe and the Re-imaging of the Tantras

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Kathleen Taylor

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Sir John Woodroffe has been recognized as the pseudonymous orientalist Arthur Avalon, famous for his tantric studies at the beginning of the twentieth century. Best known for ‘The Serpent Power’, the book which introduced kundalinï yoga to the western world, Avalon turned the image of Tantra around from that of a despised magical and orgiastic cult into that of a refined philosophy which greatly enhanced the prestige of Hindu thought.

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Taylor, Kathleen. Arthur Avalon Among the Orientalists: Sir John Woodroffe and the Re-imaging of the Tantras. Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 149-172 Mar 2007. ISBN 9781845531690. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21452. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21452. Mar 2007

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