A Critical Category of Discourse in the Study of Tantrism

Jun 21st, 2015
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There has been an active interface between the symbolic representation of culture in our myths, legends, religions and artistic representations on the one hand, and the articulations of the modern industrial technological culture, on the other. As in the case of so many disciplines, the scientific temper of modern development ideology questions the ancient expressions of Hindu religiosity. In most cases ancient practices that are resistant to social change are under threat. In other cases, the process of modernization and globalization has generated a slow decay and a systematic withering away of old religious and cultural varieties

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Whose Tantra?Reflections on Bazaari Tantra - A Critical Category of Discourse in the Study of TantrismMadhu Khanna There has been an active interface between the symbolic representation of culture in our myths, legends, religions and artistic representations on the one hand, and the articulations of the modern industrial technological culture, on the other. As in the case of so many disciplines, the scientific temper of modern development ideology questions the ancient expressions of Hindu religiosity. In most cases ancient practices that are resistant to social change are under threat. In other cases, the process of modernization and globalization has generated a slow decay and a systematic withering away of old religious and cultural varieties, resulting often in the collapse of traditional systems of living. Moreover, the prominence of religion in public life has opened up new areas of debate between religion and politics. In the wake of this any discourse on civilization representations (in this case the popular stream of Hindu Tantra) would benefit greatly by asking certain pertinent questions such as, can traditional representations resist the onslaught of modernity and globalization? Or can they co-exist, retaining their resilience and sacred power without distortion of form and content? More importantly, does globalization tend to appropriate and juggle with context, meanings, and metaphors thereby creating and transforming these ancient symbolic archetypa

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