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Prof. Patton E. Burchett

Patton Burchett is an assistant professor of religious studies at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Professor Burchett's research focuses on (a) early modern devotional (bhakti) and tantric/yogic religiosity in north India and (b) the interrelations of magic, science, and religion in the rise of Indian and Western modernities. His first book, released in May 2019, is titled A Genealogy of Devotion: Bhakti, Tantra, Yoga, and Sufism in North India.


Far from being at the periphery, #tantra was the dominant form of #religiosity in large parts of the Indian subcontinent for many many centuries. According to several scholars some of the most salient features of Indian culture such as #yoga , #puja , #meditation , #mantras and even the Hindu temple originated not in the #vedas or #upanishads but in Tantra! It’s influence on our contemporary beliefs and practices is immeasurable. Then why and how did Tantra become synonymous with blackmagic in India?

How Did Bhakti Win Over Tantra ? | Prof. Patton E. Burchett -


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