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Ghosts of Tantra Past

7 April 2017 (Friday) @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

| £8

Ghosts of Tantra Past

Tantra History Lecture I – Phil Hine

When Europeans in India encountered texts called ‘tantras’ they framed the path as distinct from mainstream Hindu religions: sexual, deviant and separate.  In this lecture, Phil Hine takes us from the earliest theories of tantra’s origins, right up to the most recent understandings. He will set the earliest emergings of tantra in their  cultural context, and  the talk will culminate with a clear summary of the latest theories of current research.

The current picture we have of tantra is that it was a development from the Saiva religion in India, with its roots in ascetic traditions such as the Pasupatas and Kapalikas. What we know think of as “tantra” began as the Saiva mantra-marga (literally “the path of mantra”) and rapidly spread throughout the subcontinent, influencing both orthodox and heterodox religious currents alike.

Phil Hine is a regular speaker at Treadwell’s events. His original experiential grounding lay in Chaos Magick, where his early writings have given him household-name status in the occult world. Since the 1980s his practice and research have increasingly centred upon Indian religious practice, tantric ideas and history. He writes at

This lecture is the first in a series of three exploring various facets of the Tantric Tradition 

Price: £8  Ring us, or book online here (tickets below)

Time: Arrive 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start


7 April 2017 (Friday)
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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020 7419 8507