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The Art of Tantra (World of Art)

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In this comprehensive study of Tantric art, Philip Rawson invites us to join a meditative and visual exploration of the self and the universe. Originating in India in 600 AD and increasingly linked with recent trends of Western art, Tantra is a metaphysical fusion of eroticism, mathematics, and magic, a diffuse worldview in which the cult of ecstasy reigns. It is through t ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published February 1st 1985 by Thames & Hudson (first published 1973)
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Chris Rawson
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An interesting book written by my late uncle.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, religion
Excellent insight into the beliefs and rituals of Tantric practitioners. Fascinating images of paintings and ritual objects.
Somewhat of a hybrid of a coffee-table book and an introductory book on visual and sculptural art in Hindu Tantra. The author lays out the essentials of various practices of Tantra, their philosophical basis, and explains the underlying thinking behind the various paintings, sculptures and other visual tools of Tantra.
The good thing about the book is its concise nature and absence of much of baggage I have sometimes seen in Hindi Tantra Literature. However, the author brings his own anti-Scienc
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tibet, art, india, gods
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
Apr 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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