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Courtesans and Tantric Consorts: Sexualities in Buddhist Narrative, Iconography, and Ritual (review)

Courtesans and Tantric Consorts: Sexualities in Buddhist Narrative, Iconography, and Ritual (review) 174 BOOK R EV IEWS COURTESANS AND TANTRIC CONSORTS: SEXUALITIES IN BUDDHIST NARRATIVE, ICONOGRAHY, AND RITUAL. By Serinity Young. New York and London: Routledge, 2004. 256 pp. This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Buddhism and gen- der. It presents information and explores issues on this topic in new and innovative ways. It is also well researched and well written. Part of Young’s innovation is her use of Buddhist art and iconography, which she takes as seriously as textual sources are usually taken in Buddhist studies. Many of her most interesting suggestions and conclusions result from the seriousness with which she takes Buddhist art as resource for understanding Buddhism more accurately and completely. The other foci are clear from her subtitle: narrative and ritual. There is much less attention to the canonical and philosophical texts of Buddhism that are so often invoked in studies of Bud- dhism and gender. Studies of sexuality or gender often end up primarily discussing new information about women and new ways of understanding women’s participation in or exclusion from religion. This study is no exception, which is not in any way to fault the book. Young’s analyses center on ways http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Courtesans and Tantric Consorts: Sexualities in Buddhist Narrative, Iconography, and Ritual (review)

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 25 – Oct 10, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

174 BOOK R EV IEWS COURTESANS AND TANTRIC CONSORTS: SEXUALITIES IN BUDDHIST NARRATIVE, ICONOGRAHY, AND RITUAL. By Serinity Young. New York and London: Routledge, 2004. 256 pp. This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Buddhism and gen- der. It presents information and explores issues on this topic in new and innovative ways. It is also well researched and well written. Part of Young’s innovation is her use of Buddhist art and iconography, which she takes as seriously as textual sources are usually taken in Buddhist studies. Many of her most interesting suggestions and conclusions result from the seriousness with which she takes Buddhist art as resource for understanding Buddhism more accurately and completely. The other foci are clear from her subtitle: narrative and ritual. There is much less attention to the canonical and philosophical texts of Buddhism that are so often invoked in studies of Bud- dhism and gender. Studies of sexuality or gender often end up primarily discussing new information about women and new ways of understanding women’s participation in or exclusion from religion. This study is no exception, which is not in any way to fault the book. Young’s analyses center on ways

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 10, 2005

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