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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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From Kama to Karma: The Resurgence of Puritanism in Contemporary India 1

From Kama to Karma: The Resurgence of Puritanism in Contemporary India 1

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(p.396) From Kama to Karma: The Resurgence of Puritanism in Contemporary India1
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On Hinduism
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Wendy Doniger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0028

This chapter examines the resurgence of Puritanism in contemporary India, first by discussing erotic religious imagery in the context of Hinduism and the early history of Hindu eroticism and asceticism. It comments on Sir Richard Francis Burton’s English translation of the Kamasutra and the book’s role in the sexual consciousness of contemporary Indians. It also considers Hindu attitudes to sexuality.

Keywords:   eroticism, Puritanism, India, religious imagery, Hinduism, asceticism, Richard Francis Burton, Kamasutra, sexuality

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