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By Elizabeth Anne Benard

This is often the 1st monograph which examines the infrequent Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and types (namarupa) and their symbolism by way of evaluating and contrasting her sadhanas (spiritual practices) in Hinduism and Buddhism. the full Hindu ''Chinnamastatantra'' part from the Sakta Pramoda, the Buddhist ''Chinnamunda Vajravarahisadhana'' and the ''Trikayavajrayoginistuti'' are translated for the 1st time into English. considering Chinnamasta is an extraordinary goddess, her texts weren't popularized or made ''fashionable'' in line with the dictates of a specific team at a selected time. The earliest extant texts date from the 9th and 10th centuries-a time whilst Hindu and Buddhist Tantras have been constructing lower than universal affects within the related areas in India. Having such texts approximately Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from those centuries, you possibly can start to comprehend the mutuality of a common Tantric culture and the exclusivity of a selected Hindu or Buddhist Tantric culture. therefore the examine, not just examines Chinnamasta, but in addition makes an attempt to appreciate what's a Tantric culture.

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A arc both worshipped on the founccnth day of the bright fortntght of Vaisakha month (April-May). 16 respectively Biardeau, M. " l'mversitaircs de France, 1976: 151, note 5. vnic Powers :70 24 25. 26. 27 28. 1kras whtch are centres of tangthle matter (bhuta5). The two higher cakra5 which are not centres of t;jn~1hle mallcr arc not counted in this system. C. K (;oJc Commemoration Volume r. , the author of the Pranacu~initantra. ~7~ff. 5 (june 1972). : 379. j<)) p 99. Utadc. ,\1. 1rat1H' Rcli~ions.

37a She has fastened her head-jewels with snakes, is three-eyed, and is decorated with a blue lotus at her heart. 38 One should meditate on Chinnamasta as resembling 34 Chinnamasta a red hibiscus who is firmly standing on Kamadeva who is attached to Rati. To her right is Vart)ini who exists in the rajasguiJa and who is very white with loose hair, holding a scimitar and skull cup. With her head-jewels fastened with snakes, she drinks with delight the red nectar stream issuing from the Goddess' severed body.

Tj 72. 21 \'oi2H, no3 .. 229ff. Kap~tein presents the various positions adopted hy the four T1l>etan Buddhist sects concerning the authenticity of gccr ma texts. "I here an· so many dlflcrcnt date- assigned to dGa · rab rdo rjc and Padmasamhhava. ng Khri srong Ide btsan ("7';';- -:'9-:")). 73. "'1. 7S. "'6. 77. marayanan:"'O. VaJra is a very common word in Buddhist Tantra. , The Indian Thengon_v, Cambridge, Carnbndge l :nivcrsity Press, 11)"70: 8S. \. Tiwari in his Godde55 Cult'> in Ancient India states that Chinnamac;ta suggests a continuity of ideas with the 'nude squatting goddess'.

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