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Tantric Buddhism and altered states of consciousness: Durkheim, emotional energy and visions of the consort

Child, Louise 2007. Tantric Buddhism and altered states of consciousness: Durkheim, emotional energy and visions of the consort. Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies, Aldershot: Ashgate.

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Abstract

This book explores the role of altered states of consciousness in the communication of social and emotional energies, both on a societal level and between individual persons. Drawing from an original reading of Durkheimian social theorists (including Mauss, Hertz, and Hubert) and Jungian psychology, Louise Child applies this analysis to tantric Buddhist ritual and biographical material. She suggests ways in which dreams and visionary experiences (including those related to the 'subtle body') play an important and previously under-explored role in tantric understandings of the consort relationship.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
Publisher: Ashgate
ISBN: 9780754658047
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Last Modified: 12 Nov 2018 09:28
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3858

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