The Alchemical Body

The Alchemical Body Siddha Traditions in Medieval India


Paperback (01 Dec 1998)

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The Alchemical Body excavates and centers within its Indian context the lost tradition of the medieval Siddhas. Working from previously unexplored alchemical sources, David Gordon White demonstrates for the first time that the medieval disciplines of Hindu alchemy and hatha yoga were practiced by one and the same people, and that they can be understood only when viewed together. White opens the way to a new and more comprehensive understanding of medieval Indian mysticism, within the broader context of south Asian Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam.

"White proves a skillful guide in disentangling historical and theoretical complexities that have thus far bedeviled the study of these influential aspects of medieval Indian culture."-Yoga World

"Anyone seriously interested in finding out more about authentic tantra, original hatha yoga, embodied liberation . . . sacred sexuality, paranormal abilities, healing, and of course alchemy will find White's extraordinary book as fascinating as any Tom Clancy thriller."-Georg Feuerstein, Yoga Journal

Book information

ISBN: 9780226894997
Imprint: The University of Chicago Press
Pub date:
Edition: 1
DEWEY: 294.551409540902
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 596
Weight: 916g
Height: 156mm
Width: 230mm
Spine width: 32mm