Tantric Traditions

Gwendolyn Taunton

Forthcoming

The Tantrik TraditionThe popular image of Tantra appears as simultaneously both sacred and profane, but is this conception of Tantra truly representational of its inner core teachings, or is this a purely fabricated imagining of Tantra, concealing what is in essence a much more conventional and orthodox core? Very few people are able to look beyond Tantra’s colorful reputation to discover what Tantra actually is. What is even more interesting about the profound misunderstanding of Tantra is the radically different reputation of Tantra in Western countries – particularly ‘pop’ or ‘Californian’ Tantra  which is purely a by-product of the 1970s ‘New Age’  movement, and has nothing to do with actual Tantrism itself, despite the appropriation of the term.

Contents

Introduction

PART I

Śiva
Natarāja | Śaṅkara | Yoga | Shamanism

The Devī
Satī | Pārvatī | Durgā | Kālī | Draupadī

Topographical Religiosity
Kāśī | Tīrṭha-Yātra | Śākta Pīṭhas

Tantra, the Kali Yuga, and Occidental Traditionalists
Kali Yuga | Yuga Śāstra | Traditionalism | Julius Evola | René Guénon

PART II

The Point of Origin
Definitions | Sacred Transgression | The Origin of Tantra | Rta | Śrūti

Lexicographical Gnoseology

Bhāskararāya |Abhinavagupta | Mantra Encryption & Formulas

Magico-Religious Practices

Ātharva Veda Charms | Siddhi | Mantramahodadhi of Mahīdhara | Vinasikhatantra | Ṡaṭkarma | Alchemy | Occult

Gwendolyn Taunton holds a BA (Hons.) in Religious Studies (Specialising in Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, South-East Asian Traditions and Philosophy) from the University of Canterbury. She has published a number of edited books and publications and Tantric Traditions will be her first published work as an author in a non-editorial capacity.

 

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