Tantric Visual Culture

Author: Sthaneshwar Timalsina
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317606329
Format: PDF
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Indian culture relies greatly on visual expression, and this book uses both classical Indian and contemporary Western philosophies and current studies on cognitive sciences, and applies them to contextualize Tantric visual culture. The work selects aspects of Tantric language and the practice of visualization, with the central premise to engage cognitive theories while studying images. It utilizes the contemporary theories of metaphor and cognitive blend, the theory of metonymy, and a holographic theory of epistemology with a focus on concept formation and its application to the study of myths and images. In addition, it applies the classical aesthetic theory of rasa to unravel the meaning of opaque images. This philosophical and cognitive analysis allows materials from Indian culture to be understood in a new light, while engaging contemporary theories of cognitive science and semantics. The book demonstrates how the domains of meaning and philosophy can be addressed within any culture without reducing their intrinsic cultural significance. By addressing these key aspects of Tantric traditions through this approach, this book initiates a much-needed dialogue between Indian and Western theories, while encouraging introspection within the Indic traditions themselves. It will be of interest to those studying and researching Religion, Philosophy and South Asian Culture.

Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism

Author: Bjarne Wernicke Olesen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317585224
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Hinduism cannot be understood without the Great Goddess and the goddess-orientated Śākta traditions. The Goddess pervades Hinduism at all levels, from aniconic village deities to high-caste pan-Hindu goddesses to esoteric, tantric goddesses. Nevertheless, the highly influential tantric forms of South Asian goddess worship have only recently begun to draw scholarly attention. This book addresses the increasing interest in the Great Goddess and the tantric traditions of India by exploring the history, doctrine and practices of the Śākta tantric traditions. The highly influential tantric forms of South Asian goddess worship form a major part of what is known as ‘Śāktism’, and is often considered one of the major branches of Hinduism next to Śaivism, Vaiṣṇavism and Smārtism. Śāktism is, however, less clearly defined than the other major branches, and the book looks at the texts of the Śākta traditions that constitute the primary sources for gaining insights into the Śākta religious imaginative, ritual practices and history. It provides an historical exploration of distinctive Indian ways of imagining God as Goddess, and surveys the important origins and developments within Śākta history, practice and doctrine in its diversity. Bringing together contributions from some of the foremost scholars in the field of tantric studies, the book provides a platform for the continued research into Hindu goddesses, yoga, and tantra for those interested in understanding the religion and culture in South Asia.

The R dh Tantra

Author: Måns Broo
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317485165
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The Rādhā Tantra is an anonymous 17th century tantric text from Bengal. The text offers a lively picture of the meeting of different religious traditions in 17th century Bengal, since it presents a Śākta version of the famous Vaiṣṇava story of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. This book presents a critically edited text of the Rādhā Tantra, based on manuscripts in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, as well as an annotated translation It is prefaced by an introduction that situates the text in its social and historical context and discusses its significance. The introduction also looks at the composition and metrics, vocabulary and grammar, and contents and doctrine of the text. It also includes a discussion of the extensive intertextualities of the Rādhā Tantra, as well as the sources used for this edition. The Sanskrit text in Roman transliteration, following the standard IAST system, is then presented, followed by an English translation of the text. This book will be of interest to scholars of South Asian Religion, Tantric Studies and Religious History.

Politische Philosophie heute

Author: Will Kymlicka
ISBN: 9783593358918
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Eine grundlegende und umfassende Einführung in die modernen Strömungen der politischen Philosophie: Utilitarismus, Liberalismus, Libertarismus, Marxismus, Kommunitarismus und Feminismus.

Von Barden und K nigen

Author: Helene Basu
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
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Diese Studie untersucht die Konstituierung von lokaler indischer Kultur in der Gegenwart im Sinne einer gegenseitigen Durchdringung von Religion und kulturellem Gedachtnis. Die Halbinsel Kacch im Nordwesten des indischen Subkontinents war Sitz eines Konigreichs, dessen Geschichte auf mannigfache Weise mit der mittelalterlichen Kultur der Rajputen von Saurashtra und Rajasthan verbunden ist. Im Kontext des Rajput-Konigtums wird den Kunsten von nicht-brahmanischen Barden nach wie vor eine hohe Wertschatzung entgegengebracht: In Dichtung, Gesang und der Archivierung von Stammbaumen manifestiert sich das Wirken der Gottin, die zugleich Konige durch ihre Macht zum Regieren befahigte. Barden bezeichnen sich als 'Sohne der Gottin' - in ihren Frauen nimmt die Gottin menschliche Gestalt an. Die Vergottlichung von Frauen und die Archivierung kultureller Erinnerungen durch mannliche Barden gehen hier eine Synthese ein. Vom sozialen Ort der Barden aus betrachtet erscheint die sozio-religiose Kultur von Kacch jedoch nicht als Ausdruck unwandelbarer Tradition, sondern als gepragt von Transformationen politischer Machtverhaltnisse und Neudefinitionen der Kaste im modernen Indien."