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KISS OF THE YOGINI: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts by David Gordon White Hardcover (Chicago, 2003)

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KISS OF THE YOGINI: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts by David Gordon White Hardcover (Chicago, 2003)

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KISS OF THE YOGINI: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts by David Gordon White Hardcover (Chicago, 2003)

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White, David Gordon. Kiss of the Yogini - “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, [2003]. 

First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo. Black cloth over paper covered boards. 372 pages. Black and white illustrations. Faint evidence of removed price tag on front pastedown (hidden by jacket flap), otherwise a fine copy in like dust jacket. 

 

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For those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the "Tantric sex" currently being marketed so successfully in the West, David Gordon White has a simple answer: there is none. Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian Tantra from the medieval period to the present day.

White has provided an excellent and scholarly study of Kaula magic and sorcery, focusing especially on the sexual rites associated with the cult of the yoginis, as well as many goddesses including Kamakhya and Kali. There is exhaustive coverage of the ritual use of sexual fluids with details coming directly from the written tantras, a number of which are here translated into English for the first time. Here in full view are the original unexpurgated sexual practices which were later watered-down and incorporated into modern western magical orders.