Tantric Terms

Tantra has a unique traditional jargon — you might call it a “language of love.” You will learn quite a few of these terms throughout this book (and in the glossary) but here are some basics that might be helpful before you go any further:

  • Yoni: literal translation is “sacred space,” used to refer to the vagina

  • Lingam: literal translation is “wand of light,” refers to the penis

  • Polishing the Pearl: oral sex on a woman

  • Playing the Flute: oral sex on a man

  • Jewels: genitals

  • Sexual union: intercourse

  • Kundalini: spiritual energy or life force energy

  • Devamani: testicles

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