maithuna


Also found in: Wikipedia.

maithuna

A Sanskrit term used in Tantra for sexual union in the context of a ritual.
References in periodicals archive ?
Drawing a distinction between depictions of mithunas (amorous couples) and maithuna (coitus), Desai states that the earliest maithuna scenes in temple art belong to the 6th-7th century, a period "when the Tantras came to be accepted by the literate class" (p.
From all accounts, Naranappa comes across as a sybarite with a prodigious appetite for the three M's of conservative brahmin horror, as it were--madira (wine), mamsa (meat), and maithuna (copulation).
Unrighteous conduct associated with the body included himsa (violence), steya (theft), and pratisiddha maithuna (unlawful sex).
At 1999: 23, next to ahimsa, satya, astainya, and tyaga, maithuna does not fit well as a vrata; rather maithunasya varjanam (Baudhayanadharmasutra 2.