The Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana

kama3This might be a wee bit racy for some of you, but The Kama Sutra is one of those books in the public domain you just don’t want to miss, even if you just look at the pretty pictures. (Wink wink nudge nudge)

Kama (Sanskrit, Pali; Devanagari: काम) means “desire, wish, longing” in Indian literature. Kama often connotes sexual desire and longing in contemporary literature, but the concept more broadly refers to any desire, wish, passion, longing, pleasure of the senses, the aesthetic enjoyment of life, affection, or love, with or without sexual connotations. (wikipedia)

It is considered to be a healthy goal of human life, one of four in Hindu traditions. Obviously they assume that everyone is also a born contortionist and able to do the majority of these yoga inspired sexual positions.

Vatsyayana believes good pleasure is as necessary for happiness and well-being as good food, spirituality and a healthy body.

On Kissing. In the case of the young girl there are three sorts of kisses. The nominal kiss, the throbbing kiss, the touching kiss. When a girl only touches the mouth of her lover with her own, but does not herself do anything, it is called the nominal kiss.
When a girl, setting aside her bashfulness a little, wishes to touch the lip that is pressed into her mouth, and with that object moves her lower lip, but not the upper lip, that is called the throbbing kiss.
When a girl touches her lover’s lip with her tongue, and having shut her eyes and places her hands on those of her lover, it is called the touching kiss.

There is also an odd chapter on the suitability of girls/women  when it comes to marriage. With these set of rules I am surprised any girl was picked at all.

A girl who is asleep, crying or gone out of the house when sought in marriage or who is betrothed to another, should not be married. The following also should be avoided.
One who is kept concealed.
One who has an ill-sounding name.
One who has her nose depressed.
One who has her nostril turned up.
One who is formed like a male.
One who is bent down.
One who has crooked thighs.
One who has a projecting forehead.
One who has a bald head.
One who does not like purity.
One who has been polluted by another.
One who is disfigured in any way.
One who has fully arrived at puberty.
One who is a friend.
One who is a younger sister.
When a girl becomes marriageable her parents should dress her smartly, and place her where she can be easily seen by all.

The only thing missing is a big cardboard sign saying buy one get one free. Women as commodities. Not exactly a volume of open-minded thought processes when you leave all the sex aside.

I would like to point out that men ‘obviously’ don’t have to adhere to the same rules. By now you have probably guessed that the Kama Sutra isn’t just a guide to sexual pleasure and fulfilment. It is also quite sexist and misogynistic. The above is just a small sample of examples.

Read The Kama Sutra at Feedbooks, the Internet Archive or listen to it on Librivox.

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