The Complete Kama Sutra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text

The Complete Kama Sutra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text

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by Alain Danielou, Georges Vatsyayana
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0892815256

ISBN-13: 9780892815258

Pub. Date: 12/28/1993

Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

The world's oldest and most widely read guide to the pleasures and techniques of sex, the Kama Sutra was compiled in the fourth century A.D. by a Brahmin and religious scholar name Vatsyayana, who worked from texts dating back to the fourth century B.C. Until the present, the only English translation of his Hindu love classic was that of the famous English

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The world's oldest and most widely read guide to the pleasures and techniques of sex, the Kama Sutra was compiled in the fourth century A.D. by a Brahmin and religious scholar name Vatsyayana, who worked from texts dating back to the fourth century B.C. Until the present, the only English translation of his Hindu love classic was that of the famous English explorer Sir Richard Burton, published in 1883.

Unlike Burton's version, Alain Daniélou's new translation preserves the numbered verse divisions of the original and includes two essential commentaries: the Fayamangala commentary, written in Sanskrit by Yashodhara during the Middle Ages, and a modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Whereas Burton's Victorian reluctance to translate certain terms obscured our understanding of the philosophy and techniques of the Kama Sutra, Daniélou has preserved the full explicitness of the original, dealing with everything from the art of scratching to relations with the wives of others.

Realistic and pragmatic in its approach, the Kama Sutra deals without ambiguity or hypocrisy with all aspects of sexual life—including marriage, adultery, prostitution, group sex, sadomasochism, male and female homosexuality, and transvestism. The text paints a fascinating portrait of an India whose openness to sexuality gave rise to a highly developed expression of the erotic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892815258
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
306,464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Introduction by Alain Danielou

Part One: General Remarks

1. Contents of the Book

2. The Three Aims of Life

3. The Acquisition of Knowledge

4. The Conduct of the Well-bred Townsman

5. Reflections on Intermediaries Who Assist the Lover in His Enterprises

Part Two: Amorous Advances

1. Stimulation of Erotic Desire

2. Embraces

3. Petting and Caresses

4. The Art of Scratching

5. Biting

6. On Copulation and Special Tastes

7. Blows and Sighs

8. Virile Behavior in Women

9. Superior Coition or Fellation

10. Preludes and Conclusions to the Game of Love

Part Three: Acquiring a Wife

1. Forms of Marriage

2. How to Relax the Girl

3. Ways of Obtaining the Girl

4. How to Manage Alone

5. Union by Marriage

Part Four: Duties and Privileges of the Wife

1. Conduct of the Only Wife

2. Conduct of the Chief Wife and Other Wives

Part Five: Other Men's Wives

1. Behavior of Woman and Man

2. Encounters to Get Acquainted

3. Examination of Sentiments

4. The Task of the Go-between

5. The King's Pleasures

6. Behavior in the Gynoecium

Part Six: About Courtesans

1. Advice of the Assistants on the Choice of Lovers

2. Looking for a Steady Lover

3. Ways of Making Money

4. Renewing Friendship with a Former Lover

5. Occasional Profits

6. Profits and Losses: Reflections on Doubts Concerning the

Advantages and Disadvantages of Relations

Part Seven: Occult Practices

1. Success in Love

2. Arousing a Weakened Sexual Power

Appendices

1. Texts Quoted

2. Mythical and Historical Characters and Authors Mentioned in the Text

3. Works Consulted

4. Glossary I: Plants, Herbs, Spices, and Sundry Products

5. Glossary II: Special Terms

Index

About the Translator

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The Complete Kama Sutra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
GerriLynn More than 1 year ago
Yay! I'm so glad _The Complete Kama Sutra_ is available for the Nook. While this translation is slightly confusing at points, overall, the book is a valuable resource for those who are looking to liven up their sex life as well as get a feel for what works and doesn't work in bed. Also, the book is an incredible resource for storytellers and cultural researchers looking for intriguing ways to spice up their world building, or just to understand the cultural past of India. The book is rife with things like how to pick up a prostitute, what kinds of sex toys were used, and even the attitudes of the different part of India held about different sexual acts. Overall, a fascinating read.
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This book is truely fits in a class I call "The best of the best." I personally feel every one could learn a thing or two about lovemaking! Well, worth reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading this book and I scored 100 on the comprehension test. It truly is an enlightening work.