Nila Tantra

A work of twenty-two chapters set in the form of questions posed to Shiva by the goddess Parvati.

It is a Shakta-oriented text written in the eleventh century. Apart from a detailed exposition concerning the value of gurus (male and female teachers), the Nila Tantra speaks of rules concerning purification and which mantras to chant.

When discussing sacrifice the text also makes provisions for human victims; as does the Kumari Tantra. There are indications that the sacrifice spoken of in this text may have involved anthropophagy.

The Nila Tantra extensively treats the Kumari Puja and also explains the concept of misracara, a sort of double life whereby a practitioner may switch between being a ‘normal’ husband and father and more radical behavior such as taking part ‘promiscuous’ rituals.