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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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Appendix 2

Appendix 2

Synopsis of Contents of the Bṭhannīla Tantra

(p.193) Appendix 2
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The Bṭhannīla Tantra, which forms the primary text used in this study, has not yet been translated from Sanskrit into English or any European language, though it has been published, in its various versions as many as five times in India since the 1880s. This appendix is presented to give some sense of the contents of this text. This synopsis covers the major themes and topics addressed in the Bṭhannīla Tantra. The Bṭhannīla Tantra is a comparatively large text, 256 pages of Sanskrit. This synopsis will focus less on the minutiae of precise ritual details, the most substantial element within the Bṭhannīla Tantra, and more upon that element of the Bṭhannīla Tantra that presents the greatest amount of authorial reflection—the “voice” of these authors through its stories and occasional philosophical explanations, for culling out the view of women that the Bṭhannīla Tantra presents.

Keywords:   Bṭhannīla Tantra, Great Blue Tantra, Sanskrit Tantras, Hindu Tantras, Tantric myths

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