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Tantra I: Hindu
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1. Tantra (Skt., ‘woven chain,’ ‘web,’ ‘instruction book’) denotes, in general, a pathway of practices along which ritual, corporeal, and mental techniques are applied, in order to obtain, in one's lifetime, extraordinary capacities (siddhi) or deliverance from all worldly conditions (mukti). Elements of the Tantra…

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Gengnagel, Jörg, “Tantra I: Hindu”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 17 July 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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