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Comparative Mystics

in The Serpent's Gift

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226453804
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226453828 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226453828.003.0004
Comparative Mystics

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This chapter focuses on the encounter between Shakta Tantric Hinduism and British colonialism in nineteenth-century Calcutta. It attempts to employ both its Romantic and colonial lessons to think anew about the comparative method as a radical mystical practice (sadhana) of universalism, assimilation, and cultural transcendence.

Keywords: Shakta Tantric Hinduism; British colonialism; mystical practice; universalism; assimilation; cultural transcendence

Chapter.  14293 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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