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Tantra (Art and Imagination)

The Indian Cult of Ecstasy

Philip Rawson

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The perfect illustrated introduction to Tantra’s combination of eroticism, magic and metaphysics


How does time function? What is ecstasy? What is illusion?

Tantra is a set of beliefs and practices that originated in India, and combines eroticism, magic and metaphysics. The extraordinary visual imagery of Tantrik wisdom, often misunderstood, is clearly explained here, revealing the most essential patterns of human symbolic expression.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 186

Publication date: 17 September 2012

ISBN: 9780500810484

Contents List

The Cult of Ecstasy; Themes: Ritual andWorship • Sex and Reality • Krishna • Death and Fire • Cosmic Diagrams • The Subtle Body • Meditative Diagrams • The Approach to Unity; Further Reading; Acknowledgments; Index

About the Author

Philip Rawson was Keeper of the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art at the University of Durham. He was also an artist, teacher and author of many books. He curated many exhibitions including an acclaimed Tantra exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London.

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