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Because of its historical fluidity, traditional secrecy, and frequently insalubrious associations, the term tantra is one of the most difficult to define in all of Hinduism – more difficult still in that its boundaries are by no means limited to Hindu practice. Given the complications in…

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Travis L. Smith, “Tantras”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_2020100>
First published online: 2012

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