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.
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2. Conventions in the critical text and the translation
3. Critical Edition of the Rādhā Tantra
4. Annotated Translation of the Rādhā Tantra
Måns Broo is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
Winner 'The Donner Research Prize', 2017