The Charyageets: A Socio-cultural Evaluation

By Neelima Pandey.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Over the course of time, various forms of religion came into existence in the Indian subcontinent as a by-product of cultural evolution. A phase of tantrism is one among them which emerged between 700-1100 AD and took all its contemporary religious sects into the grip. Worship of the Mother goddess, opposition of social discrimination, and giving equal status to women and the deprived class by providing them important roles in religious rituals are a few highlighted characteristics of tantrism. Due to its secular and materialistic approach tantrism received widespread public support. This study focuses on Charyageets, the oldest Tantric texts of Buddhism. Written in the vernacular, these songs help evaluate the socio-cultural aspects of the contemporary society.

Keywords: Buddhism, Tantrism, Charyageets, Women

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, June 2014, pp.25-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 3, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 352.090KB)).

Dr. Neelima Pandey

Assistant Professor, Ancient Indian History & Archaeology Department, Jai Narain Postgraduate College,Lucknow University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Having done her secondary and higher secondary in science stream, she opted for Economics, Sociology and Ancient Indian History in graduation. She did her post graduation in Ancient History with specialization in Archaeology. She was awarded a research fellowship by University Grants Commission (India) for doctoral research in the field of Prehistory from University of Lucknow. She has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students for the past thirteen years, three years as a research fellow and ten years as regular faculty. Several of her research papers and review articles have been published in refereed journals. She has been on the Board of Editors of two national journals being published in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences for last five and three years, respectively. Her areas of interest include social history of ancient India with special focus on deprived sections. She had a book published in March,2013 on Women Studies in historical perspective.