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

Kiss of the Yogin Tantric Sex in its South Asian Contexts For those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the Tantric sex currently being marketed so successfully in the West David Gordon White has a simple answer there is none Sweeping

  • Title: Kiss of the Yoginī: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts
  • Author: David Gordon White
  • ISBN: 9780226894836
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the Tantric sex currently being marketed so successfully in the West, David Gordon White has a simple answer there is none Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian TantraFor those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the Tantric sex currently being marketed so successfully in the West, David Gordon White has a simple answer there is none Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian Tantra from the medieval period to the present day.Kiss of the Yogin focuses on what White identifies as the sole truly distinctive feature of South Asian Tantra sexualized ritual practices, especially as expressed in the medieval Kaula rites Such practices centered on the exchange of powerful, transformative sexual fluids between male practitioners and wild female bird and animal spirits known as Yoginis It was only by drinking the sexual fluids of the Yoginis that men could enter the family of the supreme godhead and thereby obtain supernatural powers and transform themselves into gods By focusing on sexual rituals, White resituates South Asian Tantra, in its precolonial form, at the center of religious, social, and political life, arguing that Tantra was the mainstream, and that in many ways it continues to influence contemporary Hinduism, even if reformist misunderstandings relegate it to a marginal position.Kiss of the Yogin contains White s own translations from over a dozen Tantras that have never before been translated into any European language It will prove to be the definitive work for persons seeking to understand Tantra and the crucial role it has played in South Asian history, society, culture, and religion.

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    1. David Gordon White

      David Gordon White received his Ph.D with Honors from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago in 1988 He also studied Hinduism at the cole Pratique des Hautes tudes in Paris, France, between 1977 1980 and 1985 1986 A specialist of South Asian religions, he is the J F Rowny Professor of Comparative Religions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been teaching since 1996 Prior to coming to Santa Barbara, he taught at the University of Virginia between 1986 and 1996 There, he founded the University of Virginia Study Abroad Program in Jodhpur, India in 1994 White is the sole foreign scholar to have ever been admitted to the Centre d tudes de l Inde et de l Asie du Sud in Paris, France, where he has been an active Research Fellow since 1992.He is the author of five monographs, four published by the University of Chicago Press Myths of the Dog Man 1991 The Alchemical Body Siddha Traditions in Medieval India 1996 Kiss of the Yogin Tantric Sex in its South Asian Contexts 2003 and Sinister Yogis 2009 He also edited Tantra in Practice Princeton University Press, 2000 his introduction to that volume is considered to be the most comprehensive definition of the multi faceted tradition known as Tantra published to date Myths of the Dog Man was listed as one of the Books of the Year in the 1991 Times Literary Supplement s end of year edition Kiss of the Yogin was on the cover of the same journal s May 20, 2004 edition Sinister Yogis received an honorable mention at the 2009 PROSE awards and was listed as a book of note by CHOICE in 2011 A Japanese edition of Myths of the Dog Man was brought out by Kousakusha in 2001 Italian Edizioni Mediteranee and Indian Munshiram Manoharlal editions of The Alchemical Body appeared in 2004 His two most recent books are published with Princeton University Press Yoga in Practice November 2011 and The Yoga Sutras of Pata jali A Biography 2013.White has been the recipient of several research fellowships and grants, including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 2007 2008 and three Fulbright Research Fellowships for India and Nepal A panel to honor his scholarship was part of the program of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, held at Chicago on November 1, 2008.

    801 thoughts on “Kiss of the Yoginī: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts”

    1. I would love to read something real about tantra that doesn't involve descriptions of how Sting has sex for 22 hours straight. This looks like a likely candidate. Recommended by Heather's yoga teacher.



    2. This book gives an interesting perspective on the author's meaning of Tantra, while supporting that perspective with a plethora of sources such as architecture, art history, etc.


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