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The Hindu Tantric World

An Overview

André Padoux

The Hindu Tantric World

André Padoux

240 pages | 3 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226424095 Published March 2017
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226423937 Published March 2017
E-book $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226424125 Published March 2017
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.
 
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
Review Quotes
Hugh Urban, Ohio State University
“Padoux has long been recognized as one of the most important scholars of Tantra in the world. He is universally recognized in the field as one of the most reliable and erudite guides to this complex, controversial, and often misrepresented tradition. In The Hindu Tantric World, Padoux presents an accessible, clear, and up-to-date introduction to the topic that demonstrates his mastery of the primary materials and his decades of scholarship.”
David Gordon White, University of California, Santa Barbara
“For the past forty years, Padoux has been on the cutting edge of Tantric studies worldwide. The Hindu Tantric World is quite simply the most comprehensive and accessible overview of Hindu Tantra ever written and the culmination of a lifetime of outstanding achievement.”
Christian K. Wedemeyer, University of Chicago
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.”
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