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The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century

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Yoga, tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernized forms throughout the wo....
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 27th 2008 by Cambridge University Press (first published February 1st 2008)
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kaśyap
Jul 14, 2014 kaśyap rated it it was amazing
This is a thoroughly researched and erudite work on the social history of Indic religions. A historical treatise that traces the social, religious and political atmosphere that gave rise to the yogic and tantric systems. There aren’t many philosophical discussions and ritualistic details in this work.

He traces the origins of Yoga and Tantra by following the various developments in the Indic religions up to the 13th century CE. Instead of trying to build a linear structure, he traces the various
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Patricia
Mar 31, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: south-asia, buddhism
Let me start with two negatives, which explain the 4 (rather than 5) star rating:

First of all, the academic practise of inserting credits to authors mid-sentence is immensely irritating, and this is a constant sin in this book. A typical, not the worst, example: "Certainly such practitioners have been important in more recent times in most Theravadin countries (Tambiah 1984; Carrithers 1983; Taylor 1993; Tiyaranich 1997, 2004; see also Keyes 1987; Lehman 1987; Tambiah 1987)." -- Editors and publ
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Ashish Gourav
Dec 31, 2013 Ashish Gourav rated it liked it
Let me begin with the note that the title & cover imagery is more or less misleading. The book uses a methodology of finding the logical beginning of customs, rituals & beliefs which can't be dated accurately. So, it is meant to disappoint a lot of people in its attempt to delve into an objective truth which may or may not exist.
The historical analysis of Indic religions is hardly enriching for any theological discussion because of the enormous irregularities. In many ways it paints &am
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