Courtesans and Tantric Consorts: Sexualities in Buddhist Narrative, Iconography and Ritual

Courtesans and Tantric Consorts: Sexualities in Buddhist Narrative, Iconography and Ritual

Courtesans and Tantric Consorts: Sexualities in Buddhist Narrative, Iconography and Ritual

Courtesans and Tantric Consorts: Sexualities in Buddhist Narrative, Iconography and Ritual

Synopsis

The wisest teachings of Buddhism say that one must move beyond gender. But, as Serinity Young shows in this enlightening work, the rhetoric of Buddhist texts, the symbolism of its iconography, and the performative import of its rituals, all tell different, and often contradictory, stories. In Courtesans and Tantric Consorts, Serinity Young takes the reader on a journey through more than 2000 years of biographical writings, iconographic depictions, and ritual practices revealing the colorful mosaic of beliefs that inform Buddhist views about gender and sexuality.
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