David Gordon White's Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian PDF

By David Gordon White

For those that ask yourself what relation genuine Tantric practices undergo to the "Tantric intercourse" presently being advertised so effectively within the West, David Gordon White has an easy solution: there's none. Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to unique texts, photographs, and formality practices to reconstruct the background of South Asian Tantra from the medieval interval to the current day.

Kiss of the Yogini specializes in what White identifies because the sole actually virtue of South Asian Tantra: sexualized ritual practices, specifically as expressed within the medieval Kaula rites. Such practices founded at the alternate of robust, transformative sexual fluids among male practitioners and wild girl chicken and animal spirits often called Yoginis. It was once basically by way of "drinking" the sexual fluids of the Yoginis that males may perhaps input the relatives of the superb godhead and thereby receive supernatural powers and remodel themselves into gods. via targeting sexual rituals, White resituates South Asian Tantra, in its precolonial shape, on the middle of non secular, social, and political existence, arguing that Tantra used to be the mainstream, and that during some ways it maintains to persuade modern Hinduism, whether reformist misunderstandings relegate it to a marginal position.

Kiss of the Yogini comprises White's personal translations from over a dozen Tantras that experience by no means sooner than been translated into any ecu language. it's going to end up to be the definitive paintings for folks trying to comprehend Tantra and the an important function it has performed in South Asian historical past, society, tradition, and religion.

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