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The Rādhā Tantra

A critical edition and annotated translation, 1st Edition

By Mans Broo


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The Rādhā Tantra is an anonymous 17th century tantric text from Bengal. The text offers a lively picture of the meeting of different religious traditions in 17th century Bengal, since it presents a Śākta version of the famous Vaiṣṇava story of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.

This book presents a critically edited text of the Rādhā Tantra, based on manuscripts in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, as well as an annotated translation It is prefaced by an introduction that situates the text in its social and historical context and discusses its significance. The introduction also looks at the composition and metrics, vocabulary and grammar, and contents and doctrine of the text. It also includes a discussion of the extensive intertextualities of the Rādhā Tantra, as well as the sources used for this edition. The Sanskrit text in Roman transliteration, following the standard IAST system, is then presented, followed by an English translation of the text.

This book will be of interest to scholars of South Asian Religion, Tantric Studies and Religious History.


Winner 'The Donner Research Prize', 2017

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Conventions in the critical text and the translation

3. Critical Edition of the Rādhā Tantra

4. Annotated Translation of the Rādhā Tantra

About the Author

Måns Broo is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions

Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions is a major new monograph series which has been established to publish scholarship on south, east and southeast Asian tantric traditions. The series aims to promote the serious study of both Hindu and Buddhist tantric traditions through the publication of anthropological and textual studies and will not be limited to any one method. Indeed, the series would hope to promote the view that anthropological studies can be informed by texts and textual studies informed by anthropology. The series will therefore publish contemporary ethnographies from different regions, philological studies, philosophical studies, and historical studies of different periods which contribute to the academic endeavour to understand the role of tantric texts and their meaning in particular cultural contexts. In this way, the series will hope to establish what the continuities and divergencies are between Buddhist and Hindu tantric traditions and between different regions. The series will be a major contribution to the fields of Indology, Sinology, History of Religions, and Anthropology.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General