By John R. Dupuche

In Abhinavagupta's encyclopaedic paintings, the Tantraloka (Light at the Tantras), he describes a few of the tantras of his day and locations at their apex the main severe of them, the Kula ritual, which proposes using wine and meat and sex with girls of the low castes. Is Abhinavagupta's esteem of the Kula ritual simply the shadow part of genius, an abberation most sensible forgotten? This booklet is a translation - the 1st into English of any bankruptcy of the Tantraloka of Abhinavagupta's model of the Kula ritual. It additionally offers a translation - the 1st into any language - of Jayaratha's quintessential statement. It exhibits the constitution of the textual content, which isn't a pressured mass of codes and actions yet is articulated as finely as an Indian temple. the interpretation is observed through a observation, the appendices, together with a thesaurus and index of phrases.

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