The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana  

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The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana ("Kama Sutra" is Sanskrit for "Aphorisms of Love") is an extraordinary and fascinating work that deserves careful reading and study. Written in ancient India, it is essentially a technical guide, a scholarly treatise if you will, to sexual enjoyment and other sensual pleasures. It also contains profound historical and anthropological insights into the mores and customs of ancient India. The modern reader will often be surprised by how markedly different the cultural paradigms presented in the Kama Sutra are from those of today.

Almost nothing is known about the writer, Vatsyayana, or the exact date he wrote this work. Regarding the date, Sir Richard F. Burton (whose 1883 translation is used partially in this site–more on this below) determined from internal evidence that the Kama Sutra was written sometime between the first and sixth centuries A.D. Many scholars now believe the Kama Sutra was written during, or shortly before, the Gupta period (320-540 A.D.), which has also been called the Classical Age of India. Regarding the writer Vatsyayana, Burton makes the following insightful remarks:

"...He [Vatsyayana] states that he wrote the work while leading the life of a religious student (probably at Benares) and while wholly engaged in the contemplation of the Deity. He must have arrived at a certain age at that time, for throughout he gives us the benefit of his experience, and of his opinions, and these bear the stamp of age rather than of youth; indeed the work could hardly have been written by a young man."

Lying down positions:
Preludes
Indrani
Churning
Mixture
Yawning
Cobra
Conch
Pestle

Sitting positions:
Black bee
Mare
Swing
Bamboo
Knot
Spare
Tigress
Sharpening

Rear-entry positions:
Inversion
Elephant
Dog

Standing positions:
Knee elbow
Stag
Tripod

Oral pleasures:
Lovemaking of the crow

Exotic positions:
Apadravyas
Unified lovers


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