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

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

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: 9781594777967
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 12/01/1993
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alain Danilou (1907-1994) was without question a Renaissance man. Following his early years as an artist, dancer, and musician in Paris (Cocteau, Diaghilev, and Stravinsky were among his friends), Danilou settled in India, where he spent fifteen years in the study of Sanskrit, philosophy, and music. After numerous university appointments in India, he returned in 1963 to Europe, establishing the Institute of Comparative Music Studies in Berlin for the reevaluation of Asian music. Danilou wrote more than thirty books about the philosophy, religion, history, and arts of India, including Gods of Love and Ecstasy; Myths and Gods of India; Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation; While the Gods Play; The Phallus; and Music and the Power of Sound.
Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) spent more than 15 years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oral tradition alone. He is the author of more than 30 books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean.

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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. 12 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is all right. It wasn't what I thought. Don't be fouled by the name Kama Sutra. This book hardly has anything to do with sex. It has a small section but not much. This book mostly consiontrates on how to get girls how to keep a relationship going and so on.