Shaktism and the Modern West Kundalini Vacations and Tantric Honeymoons

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167900
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849970 | DOI:
Shaktism and the Modern West Kundalini Vacations and Tantric Honeymoons

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Shaktism as practiced in West Bengal has never really gained a major following in the West, but has migrated and been transformed in a variety of ways. Three major transformations of Hindu Shakta traditions in the modern West are observed: (i) shakta tantra has become a religion of hedonism, with an immanent goddess recognized as dwelling within the woman, and sexuality understood to be a spiritual path; (ii) kundalini yoga has become popularized, Westernized, and fairly widespread, bringing bodily health, relaxation from stress, and occasionally religious insight and knowledge of past lives; and (iii) the worship of Hindu goddesses is sometimes seen, but is less prominent; it focuses primarily on Kali as a sort of Freudian goddess bringing catharsis from past traumas. This chapter presents a sample of Shakta mixing and matching in these three areas.

Keywords: Indian religion; New Age religion; Shaktism; shakta tantra; kundlini yoga; goddess worship

Chapter.  14233 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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