Models of the Human in Tantric Hinduism

  • 08 Aug
    10 Aug

    Yoga and Tantra

    Bjarne Wernicke Olesen

Models of the Human in Tantric Hinduism

With the rise of the tantric traditions in medieval India from about the 5th century onwards we see a turning away from the older ascetic paradigm of tapas and physical mortification of the body. New tantric and yogic models of the human which affirm and cultivate the body through visualising meditation begin to appear on the religious scene. This three-part seminar will provide a historical overview and discuss different tantric models of the human with a focus on the Shakta model of kundaliniyoga, drawing on textual sources as well as fieldwork and theories from the Study of Religion.

Day 1 : Shaktism and Kundaliniyoga – A historical overview
Day 2 : Tantric models of the human in the Netratantra
Day 3 : The Shakta anthropology of the Hathapradipika

Duration -

August 8, 9, 10, 2019

Timing: 5:30 - 8:00 PM


Rs. 2,000 (For a 50% student discount, write to

Bjarne Wernicke Olesen

Bjarne Wernicke Olesen

Dr. Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen is a Research Lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and tutor in Hinduism, Buddhism and Sanskrit at the Theology and Religion Faculty, University of Oxford. He is currently leading the Śākta Traditions project, an international research project based in Oxford with a focus on goddess traditions in South Asia, and a Comparative Study of Religion research programme together with Prof. Gavin Flood. His approach is interdisciplinary, combining textual studies with theory and fieldwork. His book publications include a translation of the Bhagavadgītā (2009), an introduction to Hinduism (2015) and a Danish introduction to Sanskrit in two volumes (2014). He is the editor of Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism: History, Practice and Doctrine (2015) and currently working on a Danish translation of the Haṭhapradīpikā and an English translation and critical edition of the Netratantra. He has written a number of articles in Danish, German and English on goddess traditions, asceticism, yoga and meditation.