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Conclusions and Comparative Comments

Hugh B. Urban

in The Economics of Ecstasy

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139020
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834778 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513902X.003.0010
 Conclusions and Comparative Comments

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The conclusion then zooms back out once again, to review the larger implications of this study of the Kartābhajā sect. These are (in order from the most specific to the most general and comparative) the implications for: the study of colonial Bengal; Tantric studies (as embodied and historicized Tantra); and the study of esoteric traditions (uninitiated understanding). Reflections are then given on the general problem of secrecy, discourse, and authority. Finally, the author voices the hope that the approach taken in the book might have some broader comparative implications for the study of secrecy in other cultures (cross‐cultural studies).

Keywords: Bengal; colonialism; cross‐cultural studies; cults; esotericism; faiths; India; Kartābhajās; secrecy; sects

Chapter.  5309 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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