Tantrik Traditions

Tantrik Traditions


Gwendolyn Taunton


Forthcoming,  2017

The 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.[spacer height=”20px”]

This book aims to explore Tantra from a perspective that it is Āryan in origin and operates as a collective term for esoteric traditions that exist within the wider context of Hinduism, and to describe what these esoteric practices actually consist of.[spacer height=”20px”]



Contents[spacer height=”20px”]

0. Introduction[spacer height=”20px”]

I. The Point of Origin[spacer height=”20px”]
Definitions | Sacred Transgression | The Origin of Tantra | Rta | Śrūti[spacer height=”20px”]

 II. Tantra, the Kali Yuga, and Occidental Traditionalists[spacer height=”20px”]
Kali Yuga | Yuga Śāstra | Traditionalism | Julius Evola | René Guénon[spacer height=”20px”]

III. Śiva[spacer height=”20px”]
Natarāja | Śaṅkara | Yoga | Shamanism

IV. The Devī[spacer height=”20px”]
Satī | Pārvatī | Durgā | Kālī | Draupadī[spacer height=”20px”]

V. Topographical Religiosity[spacer height=”20px”]
Kāśī | Tīrṭha-Yātra | Śākta Pīṭhas

Gwendolyn Taunton holds a BA (Hons.) in Religious Studies (Specialising in Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and South East Asian Traditions) 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.[spacer height=”20px”]