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Songs of Ecstasy: Tantric and Devotional Songs from Colonial Bengal

Hugh B. Urban


This book is a companion volume to the author's The Economics of Ecstasy: Tantra, Secrecy, and Power in Colonial Bengal, but while The Economics of Ecstasy engages the theoretical issues of secrecy and concealment associated with the Kartābhajās — a Bengali sect devoted to Tantra, an Indian religious movement notorious for its alleged use of shocking sexual language and rituals, this book presents the first English translation of the sect's body of highly esoteric, mystical poetry and songs. The period from the late eighteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, during which these lyrics were w ... More

Keywords: Bengal, colonialism, cults, culture, esotericism, imagery, India, Kartābhajās, language, mysticism, poetry, religion, rituals, satire, secrecy, sects, songs, Tantrism, translations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195139013
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195139011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh B. Urban, author
Ohio State University
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