The Siddha Quest for Immortality

That society is the Tamil Siddhas. Here expert Kamil Zvelebil offers a vivid picture of these people: religious beliefs, magical rites, alchemical practices, complex system of medicine, and inspired tradition of poetry.

The Siddha Quest for Immortality

The Siddha Quest for Immortality

In South India there is a society where priests and lay people claim supernatural powers. Where a sophisticated medical system underlies a quest for physical longevity and psychic immortality and where arcane and sexual rituals take place that are far removed from the Brahmanic tradition of the rest of India. That society is the Tamil Siddhas. Here expert Kamil Zvelebil offers a vivid picture of these people: religious beliefs, magical rites, alchemical practices, complex system of medicine, and inspired tradition of poetry. Topics covered include: On Siddhas medicine; The ideological basis of Siddhas quest of immortality; Basic tenets of Siddhas medicine; Diseases and their cure; Yoga in Siddhas tradition; Daily regime; Siddhas alchemy; Rejuvenation, longevity, and 'immortality'; Doctrines and traditions of the Siddhas; Tantrik Siddhas and Siddhas attitudes to sex; Siddhas poetry and other texts.

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The Siddha Quest for Immortality
Language: en
Pages: 190
Authors: Kamil Zvelebil
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

In South India there is a society where priests and lay people claim supernatural powers. Where a sophisticated medical system underlies a quest for physical longevity and psychic immortality and where arcane and sexual rituals take place that are far removed from the Brahmanic tradition of the rest of India.
Siddha Quest for Immortality - Sexual, Alchemical and Medical Secrets of Th
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Professor Kamil V. Zvelebil
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher:

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Encyclopedia of Hinduism
Language: en
Pages: 593
Authors: Constance Jones, James D. Ryan
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: Infobase Publishing

"Encyclopedia of World Religions" explores the major religions of the world, emphasizing the living faiths and their background. Each illustrated volume provides access to the theological concepts, personalities, historical events, institutions, and movements that helped shape the history of each religion and the way it is practiced.
Journal for the Academic Study of Magic 2
Language: en
Pages: 392
Authors: Dave Evans
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-05 - Publisher: Mandrake

This volume is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed print publication, covering all areas of magic, witchcraft, paganism and all geographical regions and all historical periods.
Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism
Language: en
Pages: 406
Authors: Henrik Bogdan, Martin P. Starr
Categories: History
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Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr offer the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive occult iconoclasts, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), one of the most influential thinkers in contemporary western esotericism.

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