Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts

Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts

David Gordon White


For those that ask yourself what relation real Tantric practices undergo to the "Tantric intercourse" at present 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, photos, 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 established at the trade of strong, transformative sexual fluids among male practitioners and wild girl chook and animal spirits often called Yoginis. It used to be purely through "drinking" the sexual fluids of the Yoginis that males may input the relations of the excellent godhead and thereby receive supernatural powers and rework themselves into gods. through concentrating on sexual rituals, White resituates South Asian Tantra, in its precolonial shape, on the heart of spiritual, social, and political lifestyles, arguing that Tantra was once the mainstream, and that during some ways it maintains to steer modern Hinduism, no matter if 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 ahead of been translated into any eu language. it's going to end up to be the definitive paintings for people trying to comprehend Tantra and the the most important position it has performed in South Asian heritage, society, tradition, and religion.

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