Tantra, the Kali Yuga, & the Occidental Traditionalist

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Manticore Press

Gwendolyn Taunton

Forthcoming, Tantric Traditions(Manticore Press 2018)

tantric traditionsTantrism reached its apex of popularity in medieval India—a time when two very important things occurred which helped to procure its remarkable ascent. One was the spread of alchemy and the other was increasing belief in the negative effects of the Kali Yuga. Hinduism adopts a cyclical perspective of time, from the Satya Yuga to the present Kali Yuga. It is a common misconception that the Kali Yuga is named after the Goddess Kālī. Instead, it takes its name from an extremely powerful male demon. This mistake occurs due to errors in English translations of the name Kali—in Sanskrit, the Goddess is named Kālī (with long vowels)—the name of the demon is spelled Kali (with short vowels). Whilst Tantra does have an intimate relationship with the nature of the Kali Yuga, it is not in the fashion that has been erroneously attributed…

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