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Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism: History, Practice by Bjarne Wernicke Olesen

By Bjarne Wernicke Olesen

Hinduism can't be understood with out the nice Goddess and the goddess-orientated ??kta traditions. The Goddess pervades Hinduism in any respect degrees, from aniconic village deities to high-caste pan-Hindu goddesses to esoteric, tantric goddesses. however, the hugely influential tantric types of South Asian goddess worship have only in the near past all started to attract scholarly realization. This e-book addresses the expanding curiosity within the nice Goddess and the tantric traditions of India by way of exploring the background, doctrine and practices of the ??kta tantric traditions.

The hugely influential tantric sorts of South Asian goddess worship shape a huge a part of what's often called ‘??ktism’, and is frequently one among the most important branches of Hinduism subsequent to ?aivism, Vai??avism and Sm?rtism. ??ktism is, even though, much less basically outlined than the opposite significant branches, and the booklet seems on the texts of the ??kta traditions that represent the first assets for gaining insights into the ??kta spiritual creative, ritual practices and heritage. It offers an ancient exploration of specific Indian methods of imagining God as Goddess, and surveys the real origins and advancements inside of ??kta heritage, perform and doctrine in its variety.

Bringing jointly contributions from many of the superior students within the box of tantric reviews, the booklet offers a platform for the continuing learn into Hindu goddesses, yoga, and tantra for these drawn to knowing the faith and tradition in South Asia.

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