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STI believed in at the present day it would be exceedingly interesting to enquire. Even to-day, this country is known as the land of charms and enchantment, throughout India, 7. It is all the more necessary to preserve what exists of these relies of the past because in modern life there is a danger of their disappearance. They may be forgotten and the records of them may be lost for ever. So far as is known the original text of the Kamaratna Tantra in the possession of Na-Gosain family is the only copy in existence in Assam. ৪. The lantras are religious books of Shaketa cult, teaching magical and mystical formularies for the worship of the deities, The 'Tantras according to Arthur Avalon, a great authority on Tantras, fall into three recognised groups—Bishnu Kranta, Ratha Kranta and Aswa Kranta. This book Kamaratna Tantra is included in the Aswa Kranta group. A man of a book should be judged by the standard of their own time and not by the standard of modern times. In this book there are many things which may be considered indecent, if judged by the standards of to- day. It does not follow that these were so considered at the time they were Written.