Tantric Revisionings: New Understandings of Tibetan Buddhism and Indian Religion

1st Edition

Geoffrey Samuel

Routledge
Published September 14, 2017
Reference - 392 Pages
ISBN 9781138264847 - CAT# Y314417

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Summary

Tantric Revisionings presents stimulating new perspectives on Hindu and Buddhist religion, particularly their Tantric versions, in India, Tibet or in modern Western societies. Geoffrey Samuel adopts an historically and textually informed anthropological approach, seeking to locate and understand religion in its social and cultural context. The question of the relation between 'popular' (folk, domestic, village, 'shamanic') religion and elite (literary, textual, monastic) religion forms a recurring theme through these studies. Six chapters have not been previously published; the previously published studies included are in publications which are difficult to locate outside major specialist libraries.

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