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 The “Kālī Practice”

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327823
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0002
 						 The “Kālī Practice”

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This chapter addresses women's roles in Tantra, examining how and whether women function as actors within Tantric rites or to what degree they function merely as objects of male desire. This chapter argues that Tantric texts are varied, offering a multiplicity of views. Particularly, this chapter presents evidence from Tantric sources associated with the Northeast region of India in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries for a particular Tantric tradition that accords women respect and in which we find women as gurus and initiates. This chapter proposes that the model for understanding the veneration of women in these texts finds a parallel in the veneration of the Brahmin, where women in these texts are by analogy likened to Brahmins.

Keywords: women in Tantra; women as gurus; women like Brahmins; Hindu Tantra; Kali Practice

Chapter.  14869 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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