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Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

Loriliai Biernacki


The role of women and ideas of gender are fundamental components of all religious traditions. Tantric traditions in particular offer a unique perspective on women's participation in religious traditions since they frequently incorporate worship of Goddesses, along with ordinary women as participants in religious rites. This book examines the representations of women within Tantra using a case study of a selection of Hindu Tantric texts from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries in Northeast India. Arguing for a nuanced perspective of women in Tantra, this book presents evidence for women' ... More

Keywords: women in religion, women in Tantra, gender, Tantra, sex rites, goddesses, Northeast India, Hindu goddesses, Great Blue Tantra, Brhannila Tantra

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327823
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.001.0001


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Loriliai Biernacki, author
University of Colorado at Boulder
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