By Elizabeth Anne Benard
This is often the 1st monograph which examines the infrequent Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and varieties (namarupa) and their symbolism via evaluating and contrasting her sadhanas (spiritual practices) in Hinduism and Buddhism. the total Hindu "Chinnamastatantra" part from the Sakta Pramoda, the Buddhist "Chinnamunda Vajravarahisadhana" and the "Trikayavajrayoginistuti" are translated for the 1st time into English. seeing that Chinnamasta is a unprecedented goddess, her texts weren't popularized or made "fashionable" in keeping with the dictates of a specific crew at a specific time. The earliest extant texts date from the 9th and 10th centuries-a time whilst Hindu and Buddhist Tantras have been constructing below universal affects within the related areas in India. Having such texts approximately Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from those centuries, you'll be able to start to comprehend the mutuality of a basic Tantric culture and the exclusivity of a selected Hindu or Buddhist Tantric culture. accordingly the learn, not just examines Chinnamasta, but in addition makes an attempt to appreciate what's a Tantric culture.
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