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Tantra
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Tantra is a distinctive religious system documented in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain scriptures that began to appear near the middle of the 1st millennium CE. For their adherents, the Hindu Tantras are works of divine revelation, flowing from the mouth(s) of one or another of the supreme tantric deities. As such, they are distinct from the far more ancient rev…

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White, David Gordon, “Tantra”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 05 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_BEH_COM_9000000067>
First published online: 2018



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