"The significance of the "Maithuna" ritual in Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism is ambivalent. On one hand, it can mean the sexual ritual during which the woman is deified by her partner and the sexual act thus takes on a sacred connotation. On the other hand, this deification of the woman can also happen virtually with the "inner woman", which forms an integral part of the man's psyche as an androgynous entity.
According to some oriental traditions, the woman is the one possessing the energy reserves, the vital forces that the man lacks and without which he remains creatively inert. In Shivaism, the god Shiva is usually represented embracing his feminine part, his Shakti, thanks to whom he becomes the active, dynamic and omnipotent being.
One can also observe that many cosmogonic narratives from various traditions tell of the coupling between the mythical sky and earth. The ritual couplings between the great priestess and the great priest on top of the ziggurats in Sumer or the Temple of the Sky in China only repeated the first founding gesture of the Earth-Sky couple, a sort of celebration of the return to an original androgynous unity.
Inspired by Tantric ideas, I focused my attention on the essential characteristics of the "Maithuna" ritual such as worship, exaltation, dynamism, magic, enchantment, wonder the positive emotional charges to try and translate them musically and reveal their cognitive and intelligible properties.
"Maithuna" is an integral part of my global work called "Anthology of Archaic Rituals In Search of The Center".
December 9, 2005