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The Economics of EcstasyTantra, Secrecy and Power in Colonial Bengal$
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Hugh B. Urban

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139020

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019513902X.001.0001

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Conclusions and Comparative Comments

Conclusions and Comparative Comments

“Uninitiated Understanding”

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(p.207) Conclusions and Comparative Comments
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The Economics of Ecstasy
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019513902X.003.0010

The conclusion then zooms back out once again, to review the larger implications of this study of the Kartābhajā sect. These are (in order from the most specific to the most general and comparative) the implications for: the study of colonial Bengal; Tantric studies (as embodied and historicized Tantra); and the study of esoteric traditions (uninitiated understanding). Reflections are then given on the general problem of secrecy, discourse, and authority. Finally, the author voices the hope that the approach taken in the book might have some broader comparative implications for the study of secrecy in other cultures (cross‐cultural studies).

Keywords:   Bengal, colonialism, cross‐cultural studies, cults, esotericism, faiths, India, Kartābhajās, secrecy, sects

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