The Yonitantra

Author:

J.A. Schoterman

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2021
ISBN-13

9789388540957

ISBN-10 9388540956
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 97 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14x1
Weight (grms) 236

 


The Yonitantra probably belongs to that kind of Tantric literature which gave Tantrism and its concepts a rather bad reputation. According to Sir M. Monier-Williams, ‘Tantrism or Saktism, in Hinduism arrived at its last and worst stage of development`. But in present times Tantrism has become rather popular outside the Indian subcontinent, a popularity, however, which is based mainly upon those aspects of Tantrism formerly looked on with so much abhorrence. The Yonitantra particularly deals with that side of Tantrism which seems to appeal most to the average Western adept of Tantric religion.


The text of Yonitantra, based on the microfilms of six MSS, provides information on religious practices with Yonipuja at the centre which most probably are closely connected with similar practices in Kamarupa but which have remained virtually unknown until today.


The editor has added a valuable introduction that deals with the origin of this tantra, Madhavi and Visnu, Visnu and Yoni, the Yonitantra and Kamarupa, the Kulachara and the Yonipuja, and also contains an evalu­ation of the Yonitantra. The volume fills an important gap in the study of tantric religion and practices.


 

J.A. Schoterman

J.A. Schoterman studied Indo-lranian Languages and Culture at the State University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). Initially specializing in Vedic literature, he subsequently directed the aim of his studies towards Hindu Tantric Literature, both in India and Nepal. Another aspect of his research constitutes the study of Sanskrit grammar and lexicography in the Indonesian Archipelago.
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