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The Art of Tantra
In this comprehensive study of Tantric art, Rawson provides a meditative & visual exploration of the self & the universe. Originating in India in 600CE & increasingly linked with recent trends of Western art, Tantra is a metaphysical fusion of eroticism, mathematics & magic, a diffuse worldview in which a cult of ecstasy reigns. It's thru the astonishing co ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published January 28th 1973 by New York Graphic Society (Greenwich)
(first published 1973)
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Though the book itself has been updated with new illustrations, the very thin 1971 text remains unchanged. The author lingers over salacious details without offering context or corroboration, unable to see the complex religious traditions behind the (shockingly!) naked devi and her necklace of skulls. There are some good examples of tantric art from both Hindu and Buddhist traditions here, though many photographs are black & white and readers lose crucial information about the meaning of the ...more
I really liked this book. I would've given it 5 stars, but it focused much more on Hindu tantra, and also, it kept insisting that tantra was sexual. This might be the case in Hindu tantra (I don't know) but it isn't so for buddhism. The art is beautiful, and the book is well written.