Tantra is a set of esoteric Indian traditions with roots in Hinduism and Buddhism . Tantra is often divided by its practitioners into two different paths: dakshinachara and vamachara , translated as Right-Hand Path and Left-Hand Path respectively. Dakshinachara consists of traditional Hindu practices such as asceticism and meditation , while vamachara also includes ritual practices that conflict with mainstream Hinduism, such as sexual rituals , consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants , animal sacrifice , and flesh-eating . The two paths are viewed by Tantrists as equally valid approaches to enlightenment . Vamachara, however, is often considered to be the faster   and more dangerous of the two paths, and is not suitable for all practitioners. The usage of the terms Left-Hand Path and Right-Hand Path is still current in modern Indian and Buddhist Tantra.
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