By Hugh B. Urban
A fancy physique of spiritual practices that unfold in the course of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions; a kind of spirituality that possible combines sexuality, sensual excitement, and the entire variety of actual event with the non secular life—Tantra has held a relevant but conflicted position in the Western mind's eye ever because the first "discovery" of Indian religions through ecu students. regularly radical, constantly super different, Tantra has confirmed a key consider the imagining of India. This publication bargains a severe account of the way the phenomenon has become.
Tracing the complicated family tree of Tantra as a class in the heritage of religions, Hugh B. city unearths the way it has been shaped in the course of the interaction of well known and scholarly imaginations. Tantra emerges as a made of mirroring and misrepresentation at paintings among East and West--a dialectical class born out of the continuing play among Western and Indian minds. Combining ancient aspect, textual research, renowned cultural phenomena, and important thought, this publication indicates Tantra as a transferring amalgam of fantasies, fears, and wish-fulfillment, instantly local and different, that moves on the very center of our buildings of the unique Orient and the modern West.