Folk religion: 1 definition


Folk religion 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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Folk religion an Kaula practice (kulācāra and kulaprakriyā) share similar aspects.—The Kaula modality is more similar in many respects to ‘folk religion’ than is the Tantric. They both include worship with non-vegetarian food offerings, bodily substances and alcohol of fierce and sometimes capricious beings for protection from the ills they may cause. They reside in specific places, engender possession (āveśa), instigate and gratify sexual desire, and may be invoked to assist in ‘black’ magical rites to subjugate others or for special assistance in the course of daily life, a crisis, or danger.

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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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