The Brahmayamalatantra or Picumata, Vol.I: chapters 1-2, 39-40 & 83, revelation, ritual, and material culture in an early Saiva Tantra
Collection Indologie; 133 / Early Tantra; 5
Institut Francais de Pondicherry
About the book:
The Brahmayamala or Picumata is one of the earliest surviving goddess-oriented (sakta) tantras, its core probably dating back to the late seventh or early eighth century. Though long forgotten, it is thus crucial to understanding the early history of the Tantric traditions. The volume also presents pioneering studies on topics these chapters illuminate: Tantric Saiva conceptions of revelation and the canon, the history of Tantric coital ritual, the mythology of Bhairava, and the iconography and symbolism of the skull-staff (khatvanga). As with other texts published in the Early Tantra Series, study of the Brahmayamala helps reshape our knowledge of Tantric Saivism and religion in early medieval India.