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Magia SexualisSex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism$
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Hugh Urban

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247765

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247765.001.0001

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The Yoga of Sex

The Yoga of Sex

Tantra, Kama Sutra, and Other Exotic Imports from the Mysterious Orient

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(p.81) 3 The Yoga of Sex
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Magia Sexualis
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Hugh B. Urban

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0005

This chapter examines the impact of Indian traditions such as Hindu and Buddhist Tantra and the Kama Sutra on sexual magic in the West. It explains that although Tantra was typically singled out as the most bizarre, degenerate, and extreme aspect of the exotic Orient itself, it was immediately embraced by many British and American readers, who saw in it a powerful source of sexual and social liberation. The first attempt to fuse Western sexual magic with Indian Tantra began with the highly esoteric group known as the Ordo Templi Orientis, founded by Theodor Reuss, who clearly linked sexual magic with an ideal of social transformation and liberation from an oppressive Christian world.

Keywords:   Hindu Tantra, Buddhist Tantra, Kama Sutra, sexual magic, sexual liberation, social liberation, Ordo Templi Orientis, Theodor Reuss, social transformation, Christian world

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