SHAKTA TANTRA AND THE GREAT GODDESS IN EARLY MEDIEVAL INDIA

SHAKTA TANTRA AND THE GREAT GODDESS IN EARLY MEDIEVAL INDIA

  • 04 Oct
    07 Oct
    2022

    Yoga and Tantra

    Shaman Hatley

SHAKTA TANTRA AND THE GREAT GODDESS IN EARLY MEDIEVAL INDIA

Image: Kālī being paid reverence by Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva, Basohli, Himachal Pradesh, India, circa 1740, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, M.80.101

Goddess-focused or “Shākta'' tantric traditions arose in close association with the cult of Bhairava by the seventh century c.e., within the broader tradition of Tantric Shaivism. This series of lectures examines the religious and historical contexts of the Shākta Bhairavatantras, the relationships between tantric goddess cults and popular religion, women’s ritual roles and representations, the historical development of chakra systems and kuṇḍalinī, and Shākta tantric art and material culture.

Online Platform: Zoom

Duration -

October 4, 6, 7, 2022

Timing: 5:30 - 8:00 PM IST

Fees

Rs. 3,000 (For student discounts registrations kindly email info@jp-india.org)

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Shaman Hatley

Shaman Hatley

Shaman Hatley completed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, taught at Concordia University (Montréal) until 2015, and is now Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research concerns early Tantric Śaivism, yoga, and medieval Indian goddess cults. Recent publications include The Brahmayāmalatantra or Picumata, Volume I (Pondicherry, 2018). Works in progress include a monograph on the figure of the yoginī in early medieval India, and studies of several works of tantric literature and yoga, as well as the Devīpurāṇa.