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11 October 2007

312 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195327830

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Renowned Goddess of Desire

Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Loriliai Biernacki

Although some today extol Tantra's liberating qualities, the role of women remains controversial. Traditionally there are two views of women and Tantra. Either the feminine is a metaphor and actual women are altogether absent, or Tantra involves the transgressive use of women's bodies to serve male interests. Loriliai Biernacki presents an alternative view, in which women are revered, worshipped, and considered worthy of spiritual attainment. Her primary sources are a collection of eight Tantric texts written in Sanskrit from the 15th through the 18th century. Her analysis of these texts reveals a view of women that is generally positive and empowering.


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