Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wicca and Tantra?

...not that I know all that much about either!

But from my limited reading about Tantra, I gather that the universe is continually being created by energies generated by the sexual union of God and Goddess (Shiva and Shakti). Isn't this quite similar to Wiccan ideas surrounding the Great Rite?

Does anyone know whether Gardner and the other founding figures of Wicca were influenced by Tantra? I can see another parallel in the way (some?) Hindus see all Goddesses as manifestations of one Goddess.

I'm also interested in the wider question of the influence of eastern religions in general on the founders of Wicca.

Being neither Wiccan nor Tantric, I approach this as an interested observer, so I apologise in advance if I've made any mistaken assumptions. But I hoped it could spark off some interesting debate.

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