The Tantric genealogy of central hatha-yoga signs
Tantric sexuality as a religious ritual
D. G. White has investigated the rural Kula cults (often termed Kaula), because it was here that the sexual aspect moved to the forefront of Tantric rituals.294 Some of the first scriptures focussing on sex as a part of the clan ritual were the Kula Tantra scriptures (700-1000AD). They describe rituals taking place in cremation grounds where blood, semen and alcohol are offered to satisfy kula (clan) deities. These deities (sometimes clan ancestors) could cause deadly diseases by entering the human body, or they could even kidnap and consume clan members. The deities were often depicted as animals, birds or a combination of human and animal. The shamanic priest mastered the ritual sacrifice and if he survived this dangerous ritual encounter at the graveyard or at remote places, he was considered a Viral Hero (vira) and had a high social status in the clan. The deities were pacified with mantras and human life-giving fluids (semen and blood) – fluids seen to be the manifestation of the life force of the goddess; the distilled living essence of a person.
Over time the rituals changed, says White, from being about the clan and the management of dark forces to become highly erotic-mystical practices. The female demon was slowly transformed into ayogini – a female goddess who carried the clan nectar – the life force of the group. The male practitioner – the hero – by sucking (drinking) the vaginal secretions or the menstrual blood from the yogini’s (the female clan member) vulva, would become immortal and induced with magical power295.
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