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Language of Images

Visualization and Meaning in Tantras


Sthaneshwar Timalsina

While Indian visual culture and Tantric images have drawn wide attention, the culture of images, particularly that of the divine images, is broadly misunderstood. This book is the first to systematically address the hermeneutic and philosophical aspects of visualizing images in Tantric practices. While examining the issues of embodiment and emotion, this volume initiates a discourse on image-consciousness, imagination, memory, and recall. The main objective of this book is to explore the meaning of the opaque Tantric forms, and with this, the text aims to introduce visual language to discourse. Language of Images is the result of a long and sustained engagement with Tantric practitioners and philosophical and exegetical texts. Due to its synthetic approach of utilizing multiple ways to read cultural artifacts, this work stands alone in its attempt to unravel the esoteric domains of Tantric practice by means of addressing the culture of visualization.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Timalsina, Sthaneshwar.

Language of images: visualization and meaning in tantras / Sthaneshwar Timalsina.

pages cm. — (Asian thought and culture; v. 71)

Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Tantrism. 2. Visualization. 3. Philosophy, Indic. I. Title.

BL1283.84.T557 294.5’514—dc23 2014047067

ISBN 978-1-4331-2556-0 (hardcover)

ISBN 978-1-4539-1512-7 (e-book)

ISSN 0893-6870

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