The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India

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Beginning in the fifth century A.D., various Indian mystics began to innovate a body of techniques with which to render themselves immortal. These people called themselves Siddhas, a term formerly reserved for a class of demigods, revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike, who were known to inhabit mountaintops or the atmospheric regions. Over the following five to eight hundred years, three types of Hindu Siddha orders emerged, each with its own specialized body of practice. These were the Siddha Kaula, whose adherents sought ...

The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India 1998, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226894997

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The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India 1997, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226894973

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