Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Shamanic Powers, Village Religion and Esoteric Exchange: How Far is Tantra a Specifically Indian Phenomenon?

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Geoffrey Samuel

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This chapter reconstructs some of the social context of the development of ‘Tantra,’ and in particular asks how Buddhist monks and lay practitioners came to adopt ‘extreme’ versions of Saiva (Kaula) practice as central parts of their own religious practice between the 8th and 12th centuries. These ‘extreme’ elements included the presence of fierce and terrifying deities, cremation-ground symbolism and explicit sexual elements. A variety of approaches to the development of these practices is discussed.

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Samuel, Geoffrey. Shamanic Powers, Village Religion and Esoteric Exchange: How Far is Tantra a Specifically Indian Phenomenon?. Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 173-194 Mar 2007. ISBN 9781845531690. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21453. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21453. Mar 2007

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