Tantra: The Indian Cult of Ecstasy (Art and Imagination)

Tantra: The Indian Cult of Ecstasy (Art and Imagination)

by PhilipRawson (Author)


Tantra is a set of beliefs and practices that originates in India and combines eroticism, magic and metaphysics. This book provides a lucid account of a much-misunderstood ancient mystical tradition that has long aroused spiritual and artistic curiosity in the West. The first part of the book gives an in-depth introduction to Tantrik rites and beliefs, while the eight Themes sections summarize and develop key topics. The book is illustrated throughout with vivid imagery from unusual and out-of-the-way sources worldwide. This is an illuminating introduction to Tantra and the art that expresses many of its erotic, mythical and mystical beliefs.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Published: 17 Sep 2012

ISBN 10: 0500810486
ISBN 13: 9780500810484
Book Overview: The perfect illustrated introduction to Tantra's combination of eroticism, magic and metaphysics

Author Bio
Philip Rawson was Keeper of the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art at the University of Durham. He was also an artist, teacher and author of many books. He curated many exhibitions including an acclaimed Tantra exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London.