Disgusting bodies, disgusting religion: the biology of Tantra.

  title={Disgusting bodies, disgusting religion: the biology of Tantra.},
  author={Thomas B. Ellis},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Religion. American Academy of Religion},
  volume={79 4},
  • Thomas B. Ellis
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • Psychology
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion. American Academy of Religion
Hard-core Tantric practice is disgusting, a point several scholars make. Scholarly interpretations of Tantric disgustingness, however, tend to follow the lead of Mary Douglas in suggesting that what disgusts is ultimately a reflection of social–historical concerns with borders and boundaries. Such interpretations fail to take seriously the Tantric consumption of feces, menstrual blood, urine, semen, and phlegm. Likewise, they fail to take seriously the particular sexual act involved, that is… 
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