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The “Scandalous” Tantric Hymn to Kālī Karpūrādi-stotra: an Unexpurgated Translation

Dupuche, John R. (2012) The “Scandalous” Tantric Hymn to Kālī Karpūrādi-stotra: an Unexpurgated Translation. International Journal of Tantric Studies, 8 (1). n/a. ISSN 1084-7553

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Abstract

Through his ‘Tantrik Texts Series’ (1913-1940) Sir John Woodroffe initiated modern Western studies of the tantra. However, his 1922 translation of the Karpūrādi-stotra reveals how much he and his collaborators felt constrained to purge the scandalous aspects from the text. It is seriously flawed, and yet still commonly used.
A new unexpurgated translation is needed.
This article describes the rather complex story of the editions and commentaries on the stotra, together with some suggestions on date and authorship: in short, its context. It then provides an unexpurgated translation of the Karpūrādi-stotra along with the Sanskrit text. Lastly, it provides a short commentary on the structure of the text and its purpose.
If Woodroffe had to conceal essential elements of the Karpūrādi-stotra, how reliable are the other translations and commentaries in his ‘Tantrik Texts Series’?

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Kali, John Woodroffe, Tantra, Saktism, Hindu Ritual,‘Tantrik Texts Series’
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220406 Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Dr John R. Dupuche
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 00:26
Last Modified: 07 May 2013 00:26
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1179

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