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Jina. ca. 1160. India, Rajasthan, probably vicinity of Mount Abu.; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, 2000.98.

Selected Bibliography

Alter, Joseph. Yoga in Modern India: The Body between Science and Philosophy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.

Behl, Aditya. Qutban Suhravardī’s Mirigāvatī: The Magic Doe, edited by Wendy Doniger. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Buhnemann, Gudrun. Eighty-four Asanas in Yoga: A Survey of Traditions with Illustrations. New Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 2007.

Chapple, Christopher Key. Reconciling Yogas: Haribhadra’s Collection of Views on Yoga. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003.

———. “The Sevenfold Yoga of the Yogavasishta.” In Yoga in Practice, edited by David Gordon White, pp. 117–33. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.

Childers, Hope. “The Visual Culture of Opium in British India.” PhD diss., University of California, Los Angeles, 2011.

Davidson, Ron. Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.

De Michelis, Elizabeth. “A Preliminary Survey of Modern Yoga Studies.” Asian Medicine 3, no. 1 (2007): pp. 1–19.

———. History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism. London: Continuum, 2005.

Dehejia, Vidya. The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India. New York: American Federation of Arts, 2002.

———. Yoginī, Cult and Temples: A Tantric Tradition. New Delhi: National Museum, 1986.

Diamond, Debra. Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur. Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 2008.

———. “Occult Science and Bijapur’s Yoginis.” In Indian Painting: Themes, History and Interpretations (Essays in Honour of B. N. Goswamy), edited by Mahesh Sharma. Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing, forthcoming.

Ernst, Carl W. “Accounts of Yogis in Arabic and Persian Historical and Travel Texts.” Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 33 (2008), pp. 409–26.

———. “Being Careful with the Goddess: Yoginis in Persian and Arabic Texts.” In Performing Ecstasy: The Poetics and Politics of Religion in India, edited by Pallabi Chakrabarty and Scott Kugle, pp. 189–203. Delhi: Manohar, 2009.

———. “Situating Sufism and Yoga.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 15, no. 1 (2005), pp. 15–43.

———. “The Islamization of Yoga in the Amrtakunda Translations.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, ser. 3, vol. 13, no. 2 (2003), pp. 199–226.

Feuerstein, Georg. The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice. Prescott, AZ: Hohm, 2001.

Flood, Gavin. Body and Cosmology in Kashmir Saivism. San Francisco: Mellen Research University Press, 1993.

Hatley, Shaman. “Goddesses in Text and Stone: Temples of the Yoginīs in Light of Tantric and Purānic Literature.” In History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, edited by Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann. London: Routledge, 2013.

Kaimal, Padma. Scattered Goddesses: Travels with the Yoginis. Ann Arbor, MI: Association of Asian Studies, 2011.

King, Richard. Orientalism and Religion: Postcolonial Theory, India and the “Mystic East.” London: Routledge, 1999.

Kramrisch, Stella. Manifestations of Shiva. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1981.

Linrothe, Rob. “Siddhas and Srīśailam, ‘Where All Wise People Go.’” In Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas, edited by Rob Linrothe, pp. 125–43. New York and Chicago: Rubin Museum of Art and Serindia Publications, 2006.

Mallinson, James. “Haṭha Yoga.” In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, vol. 3, edited by Knut A. Jacobsen, pp. 770–81. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

———. “Nāth Saṃpradāya.” In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, vol. 3, edited by Knut A. Jacobsen, pp. 407–28. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

———. “Śāktism and Haṭhayoga.” In The Śākta Traditions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

———. The Gheranda Samhita: The Original Sanskrit and an English Translation. Woodstock, NY: YogaVidya.com, 2004.

———. The Khecarīvidyā of Ādhinātha: A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of an Early Text of Hahayoga. London: Routledge, 2007.

Meister, Michael. “Art and Hindu Asceticism: Śiva and Vishnu as Masters of Yoga.” In Explorations in Art and Archaeology of South Asia: Essays Dedicated to N. G. Majumdar, edited by Debala Mitra, pp. 315–21. Calcutta: Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Government of West Bengal, 1996.

———. “Image Iconopraxis and Iconoplasty in South Asia.” Anthropology and Aesthetics 51 (2007), pp. 13–32.

O’Flaherty, Wendy Doniger. Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

Pinch, William. Warrior Ascetics and Indian Empires. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Ranjan, Neena. Vishvarupa: Paintings on the Cosmic Form of Krishna-Vasudeva. New Delhi: Aryan Books International, 2008.

Samuel, Geoffrey. The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Sanderson, Alexis. “Saivism and the Tantric Traditions.” In The World’s Religions, edited by S. Sutherland, et al. London: Routledge, 1988.

Sears, Tamara I. “Constructing the Guru: Ritual Authority and Architectural Space in Medieval India.” The Art Bulletin 90, no. 1 (2008), pp. 7–29.

———. “Encountering Ascetics On and Beyond the Indian Temple Wall.” In History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, edited by Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann. London: Routledge, 2013.

Singleton, Mark. Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Urban, Hugh. Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Vivekananda, Swami. Rāja Yoga, or conquering the internal nature: Lectures delivered in New York, winter of 1895–6. New York: Longmans, Green, 1896.

White, David Gordon. The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

———. Kiss of the Yoginī: “Tantric Sex” in Its South Asian Contexts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

———. Sinister Yogis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

———. Tantra in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

———. Yoga in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

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