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Early Tantric Medicine: Snakebite, Mantras, and Healing in the Garuda Tantras

Early Tantric Medicine: Snakebite, Mantras, and Healing in the Garuda Tantras (Hardback)

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Early Tantric Medicine looks at a traditional medical system that flourished over 1,000 years ago in India. The Garuda Tantras had a powerful influence on traditional medicine for snakebite, and some of their practices remain popular to this day. Snakebite may sound like a rare and exotic phenomenon, but in India it is a problem that affects 1.4 million people every year and results in over 45,000 deaths. Michael Slouber offers a close examination of the Garuda Tantras, which were deemed lost until the author himself discovered numerous ancient titles surviving in Sanskrit manuscripts written on fragile palm-leaves. The volume brings to life this rich tradition in which knowledge and faith are harnessed in complex visualizations accompanied by secret mantras to an array of gods and goddesses; this religious system is combined with herbal medicine and a fascinating mix of lore on snakes, astrology, and healing. The book's appendices include an accurate, yet readable translation of ten chapters of the most significant Tantric medical text to be recovered: the Kriyakalagunottara. Also included is a critical edition based on the surviving Nepalese manuscripts.

Medical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHistory of medicinePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsHinduismReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionSpirituality & religious experience Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Publication Date: 17/11/2016 ISBN-13: 9780190461812  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Michael Slouber is Assistant Professor of South Asia in the Department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University.

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