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Kiss of the Yogini "Tantric Sex" in Its South Asian Contexts

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ISBN-10: 0226894843

ISBN-13: 9780226894843

Edition: 2003

Authors: David Gordon White

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With Kiss of the Yogini , David Gordon White sweeps away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, returning to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian Tantra from the medieval period to the present day. Kiss of the Yogini contains White’s own translations from over a dozen Tantras that have never before been translated into any European language. It will prove to be the definitive work for anyone seeking to understand Tantra and the crucial role it has played in South Asian history, society, culture, and religion. nbsp; “Kiss of the Yogini is one of the few good, interesting books about Tantra, a passionately argued work that transforms scholarly understanding of its subject. . . . By reconstructing the medieval South Asian Kaula and Tantric traditions that involved sexual practices, David White hopes to restore the dignity and autonomy of the people who invented them and continue to practise them. This monumental scholarly work does precisely that.”—Wendy Doniger, Times Literary Supplementnbsp;
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 391
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
Note on Transliteration
Abbreviations of Titles of Sanskrit Works
Tantra in Its South Asian Contexts
The Origins of the Yogini: Bird, Animal and Tree Goddesses and Demonesses in South Asia
The Blood of the Yogini: Vital and Sexual Fluids in South Asian Thought and Practice
The Mouth of the Yogini: Sexual Transactions in Tantric Ritual
The Power of the Yogini: Tantric Actors in South Asia
The Consort of the Yogini: South Asian Siddha Cults and Traditions
The Flight of the Yogini: Fueling the Flight of Tantric Witches
The Sublimation of the Yogini: The Subordination of the Feminine in High Hindu Tantra
Tantra New Millennium
Notes
Bibliography
Index