Bacchanalia: 1 definition


Bacchanalia means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Bacchanalia (involving dancing and the singing of hymns) was performed as part of the Navarātra Tantric ritual (an autumnal festival of the warrior goddess Caṇḍikā).—Various 4th century sources refer to rituals such as Bacchanalia, for example: Harivaṃśa 57.35–36; Mahābhārata 4.5.29ff. and 6.22.6ff., old Skandapurāṇa 60.46; Kādambarī pp. 30–31; Harṣacarita p. 126; Caṇḍīśataka 16; Gaüḍavaho 318, 319, Purāṇic citations in Dharmaśāstric compendia from Mithilā and Bengal.)

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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