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The Yoga of Sex

Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247765
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0005
The Yoga of Sex

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This chapter examines the impact of Indian traditions such as Hindu and Buddhist Tantra and the Kama Sutra on sexual magic in the West. It explains that although Tantra was typically singled out as the most bizarre, degenerate, and extreme aspect of the exotic Orient itself, it was immediately embraced by many British and American readers, who saw in it a powerful source of sexual and social liberation. The first attempt to fuse Western sexual magic with Indian Tantra began with the highly esoteric group known as the Ordo Templi Orientis, founded by Theodor Reuss, who clearly linked sexual magic with an ideal of social transformation and liberation from an oppressive Christian world.

Keywords: Hindu Tantra; Buddhist Tantra; Kama Sutra; sexual magic; sexual liberation; social liberation; Ordo Templi Orientis; Theodor Reuss; social transformation; Christian world

Chapter.  11673 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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