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Renowned Goddess of DesireWomen, Sex, and Speech in Tantra$
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Loriliai Biernacki

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.001.0001

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(p.143) Conclusion
Renowned Goddess of Desire

Loriliai Biernacki (Contributor Webpage)

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Referencing the image of the Goddess Kāmākhyā, the Renowned Goddess of Desire introduced at the beginning of this book, this conclusion recaps the themes of this book. In particular it argues for a multifaceted understanding of women's roles in Tantra. The overarching hermeneutic framework has been to locate alternative images of women within the parameters of speech and representation. Each of the chapters reflects upon the issues involved in representing women, how representation of women is intertwined with women's ability, or not, to speak and how women's bodies are represented in their speech. Thus throughout this book the guiding theme has been a return to the question of speech, speech about women, and the implication of women's bodies in this speech.

Keywords:   Hindu Goddesses, women in Tantra, women's speech, Kamakhya

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