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THE CULT OF TARA. Magic and Ritual in Tibet (1973) by Stephen Beyer (Hardcover, Review Copy)

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THE CULT OF TARA. Magic and Ritual in Tibet (1973) by Stephen Beyer (Hardcover, Review Copy)

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BEYER, Stephan

The Cult of Tara. Magic and Ritual in Tibet (Review Copy)

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973. First Edition. Hardcover. Tall octavo. Purple cloth with silver titles and pink decorative emblems to spine. Publisher's 'review copy' card laid in. xxi + 542 pp. Black and white photographs and illustrations. 

Bump to lower rear corner. Faint smell of incense. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket.

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An important work on Tibetan ritual magic. Beyer presents the vital material ignored or slighted by others: the living ritual of Tibetan Buddhists. The reader is made a witness to cultic proceedings through which the author guides carefully. He does not force one to accept easy explanations nor does he direct one's attention only to aspects that can be counted on to please. He leads one step by step, without omitting anything, through entire rituals, and interprets whenever necessary without being unduly obtrusive. Oftentimes, as in the case of the many hymns to the goddess Tara, the superb translations speak directly to the reader, and it is indeed as if the reader were present at the ritual.