The Tantric Body
By (author) Gavin D. Flood
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Tantric Body by Gavin D. Flood
Book DescriptionTantra is the Hindu-based religion which links ecstatic sexual practice with meditation and direct spiritual experience. It originated in India some 1200 years ago, when the great sacred erotic temples were built. In the West it is best known for its inspiration of tantric yoga, and its associated ritualistic forms of sex. But is tantra just about esoteric sex or does it amount to something more? This lively and original book contributes to a more complete understanding of tantra's mysteries. Without minimising its sexual dimensions, Gavid Flood argues that within tantra the body is more than just a sexual entity. It is a vehicle for the spirituality that is fundamental to people's minds. "The Tantric Body" makes an important and fascinating contribution to the study of South Asian religion, and will have strong appeal to students of South Asian cultures and societies as well as to those of comparative philosophy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845110123
(216mm x 134mm x 19mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gavin D. Flood
Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations, Paperback (October 2011)
Gregory Shushan challenges post-modern scholarly attitudes concerning cross-cultural comparisons in the study of religions.
Tantric Mantras, Hardback (May 2011)
Provides an overview of the scholarly quality on Tantric mantras. This book presents a general summary on the nature of Tantric mantras, their phonetic aspect, structure and classifications. It explains the metaphysical-theological nature of Tantric mantras and gives an introduction to their beliefs and practices.
Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, Paperback (May 2005)
* Presents the most recent scholarly thinking about Hinduism in an accessible way. * Leading scholars make their views and research available to a wider readership. * Divided into four sections covering theoretical issues, textual traditions, science and philosophy, and Hindu society and politics.
Ascetic Self, Hardback (November 2004)» View all books by Gavin D. Flood
A 2004 approach to comparing religions (Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism), focusing on traditions of asceticism.
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Author Biography - Gavin D. Flood
Gavin Flood is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Stirling. He is the author of 'An Introduction to Hinduism' (1995) and general editor of 'The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism' (2003).
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