By Elizabeth Anne Benard
This is often the 1st monograph which examines the infrequent Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and types (namarupa) and their symbolism by means of evaluating and contrasting her sadhanas (spiritual practices) in Hinduism and Buddhism. the complete Hindu ''Chinnamastatantra'' part from the Sakta Pramoda, the Buddhist ''Chinnamunda Vajravarahisadhana'' and the ''Trikayavajrayoginistuti'' are translated for the 1st time into English. due to the fact that Chinnamasta is an extraordinary goddess, her texts weren't popularized or made ''fashionable'' based on the dictates of a selected staff at a selected time. The earliest extant texts date from the 9th and 10th centuries-a time while Hindu and Buddhist Tantras have been constructing below universal affects within the comparable locations in India. Having such texts approximately Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from those centuries, you'll start to comprehend the mutuality of a common Tantric culture and the exclusivity of a specific Hindu or Buddhist Tantric culture. consequently the examine, not just examines Chinnamasta, but additionally makes an attempt to appreciate what's a Tantric culture.
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Standing in its centre is Chinnarnasra effulgent as ten million suns. In her left hand she holds her own head, her mouth is' wide 9pcn with the tip of her tongue lolling. She drinks the sanguinary stream issuing from her own throat; her dishevelled hair is decorated with various flowers. l\ necklace. She is nude, terrible to behold, and stands in the pratyali(jha stance. Wearing a bone rosary, having full breasts, and having a snake as her sacred thread, she is perpetually sixteen years old. , Rati is on top).
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Chinnamasta: The Aweful Buddhist & Hindu Tantric Goddess by Elizabeth Anne Benard