Popular and diverse hedonics techniques, based on use of the body and pleasure as a path to transcendence; a biological art and science of attaining ecstasy through somatic and especially sexual disciplines.

Originally Old Earth religious treatises teaching mystical and magical formulae for the attainment of magical powers, and for the worship of the gods; treating of the evolution of the universe and its destruction; the adoration of the divinities; the attainment of desired objects, or superhuman faculties; and methods of union (usually given as four) with the supreme divinity by contemplative meditation. Began in early medieval Hindu (mostly composed in the form of dialogues between Siva and his divine consort or sakti Durga, who is worshipped as a personified female power), Buddhist, and Jain antinomianalism, but during the Information Age a Western pop-Tantra (concerned with sexual lifestyle, essentially early hedonics) became very popular. Further developments occurred during the Interplanetary Age, especially among the Genetekkers, who were keen to incorporate tantric and taoist techniques. Tantric ideas were thus conveyed to Lalande 21185, Penglai, and Dionysos, and formed an important element of the Dionysan Erotocracy. Major branches of tantra today include biotantra, cybertantra, moldatantra, classical tantra, potantra, transtantra, kjatantra, genetantra, and more.

The word is originally from the Old Earth Sanskrit for 'Loom', the warp or threads in a loom; hence, a rule or ritual for ceremonial rites.

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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 09 January 2002.