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Tantra – Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion - California Scholarship Online
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Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Hugh Urban


A complex body of religious practices that spread throughout the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions; a form of spirituality that seemingly combines sexuality, sensual pleasure, and the full range of physical experience with the religious life—Tantra has held a central yet conflicted role within the Western imagination ever since the first “discovery” of Indian religions by European scholars. Always radical, always extremely other, Tantra has proven a key factor in the imagining of India. This book offers a critical account of how the phenomenon has come to be. Tracing the complex genealogy o ... More

Keywords: religious practices, exotic Orient, sexuality, spirituality, Tantra, imagination, fantasies, fears, wish-fulfillment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520230620
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Urban, author