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'Yogini' in South Asia : Interdisciplinary Approaches,9780415625227
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'Yogini' in South Asia : Interdisciplinary Approaches

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780415625227

ISBN10:
041562522X
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
6/20/2013
Publisher(s):
Routledge
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Summary

In different stages in the history of South Asian religions, the term yogin has been used in various contexts to designate various things: a female adept of yoga, a female tantric practitioner, a sorceress, a woman dedicated to a deity, or a certain category of female deities. This book brings together recent interdisciplinary perspectives on the medieval South Asian cults of the Yoginis, such as textual-philological, historical, art historical, indological, anthropological, ritual and terminological. The book discusses the medieval yogin cult, as illustrated in early aiva tantric texts, and their representations in South Asian temple iconography. It looks at the roles and hypostases of yogins in contemporary religious traditions, as well as the transformations of yogin-related ritual practices. In addition, this book systematizes the multiple meanings, and proposes definitions of the concept and models for integrating the semantic fields of 'yogin.' Highlighting the importance of research from complementary disciplines for the exploration of complex themes in South Asian studies, this book is of interest to scholars of South Asian Studies and Religious Studies.


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