Mystery chapter of the Rudrayaamala Tantra

Laura Harrington lharring at BU.EDU
Mon Jan 28 14:23:30 EST 2013


I am trying to track down a text that is alluded to in a late eighteenth
century essay by Henry Colebrooke as the “Garland of Classes” (*Jaatimaala*).
It is, in his words, a chapter of* Rudra-yaamala-tantra*.

It is not clear from what *Rudra-yaamala-tantra* Colebrooke owned; a work
by that name does not appear in his extant collection of manuscripts.
Current scholarly consensus on the *Rudra-yaamala-tantra* suggests that,
though routinely cited as an important text in the Kaula Tantric tradition,
the “original” text is lost. There is a version of a text with the same
name has been published in a Sanskrit edition by the Vacasampati Press,
Calcutta. However, it does not contain a *Jaatimaala* chapter.

Can anybody shed light on the nature or whereabouts of this elusive chapter?


Many thanks

Laura Harrington
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