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The Siddha Quest for Immortality: Sexual, Alchemical & Medical Secrets Of The Tamil Siddhas

The Siddha Quest for Immortality: Sexual, Alchemical & Medical Secrets Of The Tamil Siddhas (New)

by Zvelebil, Kamil V.

Publisher: Mandrake of Oxford

Binding: Paperback

Book ID: 9781869928438, 1869928431

Price: $25.00

Description

In South India there is a society where priests and lay people claim supernatural powers. Where a sophisticated medical system underlies a quest for physical longevity and psychic immortality.

And where arcane and sexual rituals take place that are far removed from the Brahmanic tradition. That society is the Tamil Siddhas. In the Siddha Quest for Immortality world Tamil expert K Zvelebil offers a vivid picture of these people: their religious beliefs, their magical rites, their alchemical practices, their complex system of medicine, and their inspired tradition of poetry.

In the Poets of the Powers, Zvelebil introduced English speakers, for the first time, to the astonishing power of Siddha writing. The Siddha Quest for Immortality includes many newly-translated examples of poetry that is deeply religious but not without humour. But physical longevity was also central to Siddha belief, and fascinating chapters on Siddha medicine describe routines by which one can maintain health, and tell how drugs are created from such varied ingredients as cowdung, human urine, honey, oil, and milk.

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