pueraeternus wrote:deepbluehum wrote:Anyway this is very slippery terminology. Seriously. There is no factual basis for believing one came before the other. No point really.
I think the author's point that Buddhist tantra has a clear path of development, whereas the Hindu ones do not seem to exhibit such developmental characteristics, is interesting. At least from a textual analysis POV, there is merit to think so.
You don't agree obviously, but that is ok. Perhaps more research will come to light that will change either of our views.
My opinion is that this reflects the Hindu vs. Buddhist culture in India. Buddhism has always been very much about the letter and precision especially when it comes to lineages of deities and buddhas. Hindu yogis have a much more nebulous view of reality, especially history. They don't have a history keeping function. Screwing up timelines is fine especially if you are making a cool point. That's something to consider.