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Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: The Ten Mahavidyas

 
David Kinsley (Author)
Synopsis

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.

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About the author

David Kinsley

David Kinsley is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. He is the author of other books on Hinduism including The Sword and the Flute-Kali and Krsna, Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology (University of California Press, 1975), The Divine Player-A Study of Krsna Lila (Motilal Banarsidass, 1978)

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Title Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: The Ten Mahavidyas
Author David Kinsley
Format Softcover
Date published: 13.07.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788120815230
length x+318p.,