Historical-Cultural Bibliography of Tantra: Origins

by David Yarian, Ph.D.

Tantric Texts

Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe), ed., Principles of Tantra (Tantra Tattva), 3rd. ed., Madras: Ganesh and Co., 1960.

Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe), ed., The Serpent Power, Being the Satcakranirupanaand and the Padukapanchaka, Madras: Ganesh and Co., 10th ed., 1974.

Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe), ed., Tantra of the Great Liberation, Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1985.

Sir Richard Burton, translator, The Kama Sutra: the Classic Hindu Treatise on Love and Social Conduct, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1963.

Alex Comfort, trans., The Illustrated Koka Shastra: Medieval Indian Writings on Love Based on the Kama Sutra, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

T. Goudriaan and Sanjukta Gupta, Hindu Tantric and Sakta Literature, Wiesbaden: Otto Harrossowitz, 1981.

Daniel Odier, Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra, Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2005.

Jaideva Singh, The Yoga of Delight, Wonder, and Astonishment: a Translation of the Vijnana-bhairava, Albany: SUNY Press, 1991.

Indra Sinha, The Great Book of Tantra: Translations and Images from Classic Indian Texts With Commentary, Rochester VT: Destiny Books, 1993.

Hugh B. Urban, ed. and trans., Songs of Ecstasy: Tantric and Devotional Songs from Bengal, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Lance Dane Vatsayana, ed., Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra, Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2003.

Tantric Archaeology and Tantric Art History

Vidya Dehejia, Yogini Cult and Temples: A Tantric Tradition, New Delhi: National Museum, 1986.

Devangana Desai, Erotic Sculpture of India: a Socio-Cultural Study, New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill, 1975.

Devangana Desai, The Religious Imagery of Khajuraho, Mumbai: Franco-Indian Research Pvt. Ltd., 1996.

Krishna Deva, Temples of Khajuraho, 2 vols., New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of India, 1990.

Thomas E. Donaldson, “Erotic Rituals on Orissan Temples,” East and West, 1986, 36, 137-182.

Thomas E. Donaldson, Hindu Temple Art of Orissa, 3 vols., Leiden: Brill, 1987.

Eliot Elisofon and Alan Watts, The Temple of Konarak: Erotic Spirituality, London: Thames and Hudson, 1971.

Detlef Ingo Lauf, Tibetan Sacred Art: the Heritage of Tantra, Berkeley, CA: Shambhala, 1976.

Rob Limothe, Ruthless Compassion: Wrathful Deities in Early Indo-Tibetan Esoteric Buddhist Art, Boston: Shambhala, 1999.

Ajit Mookerjee, Tantra Art: Its Philosophy and Physics, New Delhi, 1968.

Philip Rawson, The Art of Tantra, Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, 1973.

Hiram W. Woodward, “Tantric Buddhism at Angkor Thom”, Ars Orientalis, 1981, 12, 57-67.