Archaic Techniques


From Gwendolyn Taunton’s Tantric Traditions: Gods, Rituals, & Esoteric Teachings in the Kali Yuga (2018), in page 42,

Tantric Buddhism is a syncretism of Buddhism, Tantric technique and an indigenous form of shamanism known as Bon. Within Tantric Buddhism, there are also rituals which are clearly derived from shamanic sources.

Then, further in the same place, Taunton cites the following block of text from Mirceda Eliade’s Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (2004), in page 436,

We cite some Tantric meditations whose object is the practitioner’s stripping his own body of flesh and contemplating his skeleton. The yogin is asked to imagine his body as a corpse and his mind as an angry goddess, with a face and two hands holding a knife and a skull. “Think that she severeth the head from the corpse …and cutteth the corpse into bits and flingeth them inside the skull as offerings to deities.” Another exercise consists in his seeing himself as “a radiant white skeleton of enormous size, whence isueth flames, so great that they fill the voidness of the Universe.” Finally, a third meditation sets the yogin the task of contemplating himself as transformed into the raging ḍākinī, stripping the skin from his own body …These few extracts suffice to show the transformation that a shamanic schema can undergo when it is incorporated into a complex philosophical system, such as Tantrism.

Inspiring Combinations: Riding the Tiger


Literature

Gwendolyn Taunton Tantric Traditions: Gods, Rituals, & Esoteric Teachings in the Kali Yuga (2018) [Amazon]

Rudra das Goswami Purushamedha (2015) [Amazon]

Music

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar Raga Yaman / Raga Shuddha Todi [Amazon, Youtube]

Rudra Rta (2013) [Band website purchase, Youtube]

Evil acts and blasphemous rituals


“Fermati un momento! Non battere le palpebre! Tieni gli occhi immobili, come due pietre! Sei cieca. E vedi tutto quel che gli altri non vedono. E nessuno ti può nasconder nulla. E qui, in questa stanza, l’uomo che tu ami ha svelato il suo amore all’altra , che ancóra ne trema. Ed essi sono qui; e le loro mani si sono separate da poco e il Toro ardore è nell’aria. E la stanza è piena di tesori funebri; e su due tavole sono disposte le ricchezze che vestivano i cadaveri di Agamennone e di Cassandra; e là sono i cofani ricolmi di monili, e là sono i vasi ricolmi di ceneri. E il balcone è aperto e guarda la pianura di Argo e le montagne lontane. Ed è il tramonto, e tutto quest’oro terribile riluce nell’ombra. Comprendi? Tu sei là, su la soglia, condotta dalla nutrice. Sei cieca e nulla t’è ignoto. Fermati un momento!”

—Gabrielle D’Anunzio, Il Fuoco