The Place of the Hidden Moon: Erotic Mysticism in the Vaisnava-Sahajiya Cult of Bengal

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The Vaisnava-sahajiya cult that arose in Bengal within the sixteenth century was once an intensely emotional try to reconcile the sensual and the ascetic. Exploring the history and doctrine of this cult, Edward C. Dimock, Jr., examines the works of a large number of poets who are the source of knowledge about this sect.

Dimock examines the life of the saint Caitanya, the mad Baul singers, the doctrines of Tantrism, the origins of the figure of Radha, and the worship of Krishna. His study will appeal to students of the history of religion in addition to of Indian culture.

This edition features a new Foreword by Wendy Doniger. “This can be a magnificent book—painstakingly researched and gracefully written… Professor Dimock’s book is without doubt one of the most rewarding and stimulating studies to appear in up to date years.”—G. Richard Weldon, Journal of Asian Studies

About the Author: Edward C. Dimock, Jr, is Distinguished Service Professor within the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations on the University of Chicago.

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