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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 Hindu Devotionalism, Tantra, and Celibacy

 Hindu Devotionalism, Tantra, and Celibacy

(p.165) 9 Hindu Devotionalism, Tantra, and Celibacy
Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Carl Olson (Contributor Webpage)

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In comparison to classical Hinduism, devotional movement created a more complex situation because such movements were more life affirming and used sexual imagery in its poetry to express an erotic and sensual relationship between a devotee and his or her deity. The more radical form of Tantra embraced sexual relations and other forbidden things as a means to achieve liberation by uniting divine masculine and feminine forces within one's body.

Keywords:   devotional, sensual, Tantra, sex

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