Tantric Traditions

Gods, Rituals, & Esoteric Teachings in the Kali Yuga

Gwendolyn Taunton

January, 2018



9780994595898-Perfect-cover-template.inddTantra. The word conjures forth a million images – including sex, transgressive practices, and the occult. But how accurate are these portrayals, and how do they compare to actual Tantric practices in India? To the casual observer, Tantra appears to partake of an oppositional role in regard to Vedic teachings, but this conceals a much more conservative core, for the Tantric traditions actually strive to reinforce their Vedic heritage. The Tantras are believed to be the appropriate teaching in the Kali Yuga, and understanding the role that the Kali Yuga plays in Tantric traditions is absolutely vital to interpreting the nature of Tantra itself. Contrary to being opposed to Vedic teachings, Tantra is actually an extension of them – it is a reinterpretation of the Vedas for the modern era.
In addition to explaining the complex role Tantra plays within the larger corpus of Hinduism, Tantric Traditions also examines the way in which Tantra is linked to sacred geographical locations, and provides explanations on the nature of Siva, the Devi, the role of the Traditionalist School in the export of Tantric traditions to the West, and reveals secret mantra techniques.

Furthermore, Tantric Traditions provides details on magical and esoteric practices from authentic Tantric occult texts such as the Mantramahodadhi of Mahidara (c.1588 CE) and the Vinasikhatantra, both of which make even the most infamous European Grimoires look totally harmless by comparison.




Natarāja | Śankara | 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


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 | Alchemy | Occult

Occult Formulae & Tables of Correspondences

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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