centuriespast:

The faithful of the cult of Tantra regarded sexual intercourse as the essential rite of initiation enabling them to accede to knowledge The two principles Shiva (male) and Shakti (his wisdom embodied by the female) merged in the couple and transcended the sexual embrace 
Country of Origin: India Culture: Hindu Date/Period: Late 18th/early 19th century /Private collection
Album painting / Werner Forman Archive / Bridgeman Images

centuriespast:

The faithful of the cult of Tantra regarded sexual intercourse as the essential rite of initiation enabling them to accede to knowledge The two principles Shiva (male) and Shakti (his wisdom embodied by the female) merged in the couple and transcended the sexual embrace

Country of Origin: India Culture: Hindu Date/Period: Late 18th/early 19th century /Private collection

Album painting / Werner Forman Archive / Bridgeman Images