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By David Gordon White

For those that ask yourself what relation genuine Tantric practices undergo to the "Tantric intercourse" at the moment being advertised so effectively within the West, David Gordon White has an easy resolution: there's none. Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to unique texts, photos, and formality practices to reconstruct the heritage of South Asian Tantra from the medieval interval to the current day.

Kiss of the Yogini makes a speciality of what White identifies because the sole really virtue of South Asian Tantra: sexualized ritual practices, in particular as expressed within the medieval Kaula rites. Such practices based at the trade of robust, transformative sexual fluids among male practitioners and wild lady chicken and animal spirits often called Yoginis. It was once purely by way of "drinking" the sexual fluids of the Yoginis that males may possibly input the kinfolk of the perfect godhead and thereby receive supernatural powers and rework themselves into gods. by way of concentrating on sexual rituals, White resituates South Asian Tantra, in its precolonial shape, on the heart of non secular, social, and political lifestyles, arguing that Tantra used to be the mainstream, and that during many ways it maintains to steer modern Hinduism, whether reformist misunderstandings relegate it to a marginal position.

Kiss of the Yogini comprises White's personal translations from over a dozen Tantras that experience by no means ahead of been translated into any ecu language. it is going to turn out to be the definitive paintings for folks looking to comprehend Tantra and the an important function it has performed in South Asian background, society, tradition, and religion.

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