Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: The Ten Mahavidyas

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Title:Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: The Ten Mahavidyas

ISBN:9788120815230

Author:David Kinsley

Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Publish Year:2016

Edition:Third Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Tantra | Mythology

Language:English

Remarks:B&W Photographs, Notes, Glossary, Bibliography and Index.

Pages:318

Size:139 x 214 mm

Weight(gms):505

Price:USD 10.00

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  • What is one to make of a group of goddesses that includes a goddess who cuts her own head off, a goddess who sits on a corpse while pulling the tongue of a demon, or a goddess who prefers sex with corpses? Tantra visions of the Divine Faminine deals with a group of ten Hindu tantric goddesses, the Mahavidyas, who embody habits, attributes, or identities, usually considered repulsive or socially subversive. It is within the context of tantric worship that devotees seek to identify themselves with these forbidding goddesses. The Mahavidyas, who embody habits, attributes, or identities, usually considered repulsive or socially subversive. It is within the context of tantric worship that devotees seek to identify themselves with these forbidding goddesses. The Mahavidyas seem to function as "awakeners" - symbols that help to project one's consciousness beyond the socially acceptable or predictable. Kinsley not only describes the eccentric qualities of each of these goddesses, but seeks to interpret the Mahavidyas as a group and to explain their importance for understanding Tantra and the Hindu tradition.

    David Kinsley

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