Tantric Kali: Secret Practices and Rituals – Daniel Odier

An examination of the Hindu goddess Kali and her representation in Tantric traditions.


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Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2016. Paperback, vii+120 pages. New.

Kali is one of the most famous and recognizable of Indian Goddesses. In Tantric Kali: Secret Practices and Rituals, author Daniel Oder reveals the rituals and practices of Kali in the Tantric Kaula tradition. Drawing on key tantric texts, he deals lucidly and concisely with the mythology surrounding Kali, the rituals by which she is worshiped, and explains key tantric procedures such as the use of seed mantras, nyasas, and the visualizations of the goddess in her various forms. He provides translations of famous songs and hymns which are directed at Kali, as written by tantric masters such as the Kashmiri sage Abhinavagupta. He also explores the use of a novel eightfold system of chakras from the Kaulajnananirnaya Tantra. Tantric Kali sheds much light on this often misunderstood goddess and the practices associated with her. A must for all those with a serious interest in Tantra and the goddess in all her forms.

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