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Hinduism - What IS The Ritual Impurity Associated With Matsya Or Fish Consumption?


 (“fish”) Fish is the second of the "Five Forbidden Things" (panchamakara) in the secret ritual-based religious practice known as tantra.

They are utilized in their physical forms in "left hand" (vamachara) tantric ritual, but are represented by symbolic equivalents in "right hand" (dakshinachara) tantric ritual.

Because nonvegetarian food is severely condemned in "respectable" Hindu culture, its ceremonial usage must be seen in the light of the greater tantric setting.

The ultimate oneness of everything that exists is one of the basic tantric concepts.

To proclaim that the whole cosmos is one principle from a tantric viewpoint implies that the adept must reject all dualistic conceptions.

The "Five Forbidden Things" serve as a ritual for dismantling dualism.

In this ritual, the adept defies society norms by consuming intoxicants, eating nonvegetarian cuisine, and engaging in unlawful sexual activity in an attempt to sacralize what is generally banned.

Tantric adepts point to the ceremonial usage of banned objects as evidence that their practice entails a higher level of exclusivity (adhikara) and is therefore superior to ordinary practice.

See Arthur Avalon's (Sir John Woodroffe's) Shakti and Shakta, 1978; Swami Agehananda Bharati's The Tantric Tradition, 1977; and Douglas Renfrew Brooks' The Secret of the Three Cities, 1990 for further details.

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