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Religions 2016, 7(12), 139; doi:10.3390/rel7120139

A Cognitive Approach to Tantric Language

Department of Religious Studies, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-6062, USA
Academic Editors: Glen A. Hayes and Peter Iver Kaufman
Received: 29 April 2016 / Revised: 20 September 2016 / Accepted: 22 October 2016 / Published: 30 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cognitive Science and the Study of Yoga and Tantra)
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By applying the contemporary theories of schema, metonymy, metaphor, and conceptual blending, I argue in this paper that salient cognitive categories facilitate a deeper analysis of Tantric language. Tantras use a wide range of symbolic language expressed in terms of mantric speech and visual maṇḍalas, and Tantric texts relate the process of deciphering meaning with the surge of mystical experience. In this essay, I will focus on some distinctive varieties of Tantric language with a conviction that select cognitive tools facilitate coherent reading of these expressions. Mystical language broadly utilizes images and metaphors. Deciphering Tantric language should therefore also provide a framework for reading other varieties of mystical expressions across cultures. View Full-Text
Keywords: Tantra; metaphor; metonymy; conceptual blending; image; schema; mantra; maṇḍala Tantra; metaphor; metonymy; conceptual blending; image; schema; mantra; maṇḍala
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