The yogic art of dying, Kundalin? yoga, and the Balinese pitra yadnya

Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde. 2010;166(4):426-474


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Journal Title: Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde

ISSN: 0006-2294 (Print); 2213-4379 (Online)

Publisher: BRILL

Society/Institution: Vereniging KITLV (NL)

LCC Subject Category: History (General) and history of Europe: History of Oceania (South Seas) | Language and Literature: Languages and literature of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania

Country of publisher: Netherlands

Language of fulltext: English, Dutch

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Michele Stephen


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Time From Submission to Publication: 20 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This article proposes that the complex public rituals of the Balinese pitra yadnya (sacrifices for the ancestors) can be understood as a localized form of Laya yoga, through which the dead person is instructed and assisted in the yogic art of dying. The arguments are based on recent, detailed ethnographic observations of the pitra yadnya, textual evidence, and comparisons with western studies of Laya and Kundalin? yoga.