"The Great Churning", - complete art.
260,0x26,0 cm. Stippling and water ink.
Some time ago I shared with you a fragment of this art (when it still was in process) along with some of my thoughts about increasing popularity of Indian tantric themes in the metal underground. I wrote that many people are getting very inspired with wrathful and sexual deities such as Kali, but in the same time there is a clear tendency to only touch the subject cursorily and do not delve into the actual scriptures and philosophy itself.
With this art I decided to highlight some aspects of real Indian tantric cults which are much more interesting and brutal but still not very well known.
Early Medieval Era in India was a Golden period of vast number of different tantric movements. The main approach in all of them was based on the transgressive rituals which were including direct interaction with such 'impure' spheres of existence as death and sex. We can get an idea about these rituals through different tantras, especially through famous Brahmayamala Tantra.
The description of the ritual which inspired me for this art I found in Judit Törzösk's paper called 'Kapalikas'. In this work she made a proper research on movement of Kapalikas and it's influence on the other tantric cults, especially the cult of Yoginis. Here she examinates Brahmayamala Tantra specifically. «A cluster of chapters (46-48), the same ones that also prescribe the mahāvrata and promise possession by Bhairava, describe cremation-ground practices that could well come, at least partly, from the Soma-Kāpālikas... The first of these chapters (46) is called Mahāmanthāna (The Great Churning). The churning is performed in the cremation ground and preceded by a worship of nine skulls arranged on a maṇḍala and filled with blood, alcohol (madirā) and the mingled sexual fluids (picu)...The rite mainly consists of acting out the cosmic churning of gods and demons in its cremation-ground version... The practitioner in fact prepares his own Soma of impure substances in a vessel called sthālī» (с) Judit Törzösk “Kapalikas”
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