The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana: The Classic Burton Translation

The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana: The Classic Burton Translation

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By (author) Vatsyayana Mallanaga, Translated by Sir Richard Francis Burton

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 208mm x 13mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 21 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486452379
  • ISBN 13: 9780486452371
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  • Sales rank: 62,045

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"Kama" means desire, love, and lust; "sutra" means teachings and "verses." The "Kama Sutra, " then, is the book of love, teaching the best methods of cultivating sensual pleasure, sexual desire, and loving union. A classic of world literature for 1,700 years, this is the most explicit and fascinating book ever written for lovers. This immortal work also serves as a window into Indian culture and mysticism. Its unique approach combining meditations on politics and social customs with counsel on love and intimacyfeatures frank, direct advice on bodily pleasures, from aphrodisiacs and kissing to orgasm-delaying techniques. This edition is the renowned translation by the great 19th-century explorer and writer Richard Burton. Its crisp style sets a new standard for Sanskrit translation, and its unblushing faithfulness to the original text sparked controversy in certain corners of the Victorian world. A wellspring of erotic knowledge, it remains an inspiration to readers of every era."

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Table of contents

Preface Introduction   Part I. The Vatsyayana Sutra Introductory Preface: Salutation to Dharma, Artha, and Kama Chapter II: On the Acquisition of Dharma, Artha, and Kama Chapter III: On the Arts and Sciences to Be Studied Chapter IV: The Life of a Citizen Chapter V: About the Kinds of Women Resorted to by the Citizens, and of Friends and Messengers   Part II. Of Sexual Union Chapter I: Kinds of Sexual Union According to (a) Dimensions, (b) Force of Desire or Passion, (c) Time Chapter II: Of the Embrace Chapter III: On Kissing Chapter IV: Of Pressing, or Marking, or Scratching with the Nails Chapter V: On Biting, and the Means to Be Employed with Regard to Women of Different Countries Chapter VI: Of the Different Ways of Lying Down, and Various Kinds of Congress Chapter VII: Of the Various Modes of Striking, and of the Sounds Appropriate to Them Chapter VIII: About Women Acting the Part of a Man; and of the Work of a Man Chapter IX: Of the Auparishtaka or Mouth Congress Chapter X: Of the Way How to Begin and How to End Congress. Different Kinds of Congress and Love Quarrels   Part III About the Acquisition of a Wife Chapter I: On Marriage Chapter II: Of Creating Confidence in the Girl Chapter III: On Courtship, and the Manifestation of the Feelings by Outward Signs and Deeds Chapter IV: About Things to Be Done Only by the Man, and the Acquisition of the Girl Thereby. Also What Is to Be Done by a Girl to Gain Over a Man, and Subject Him to Her Chapter V: On Certain Forms of Marriage   Part IV. About a Wife Chapter I: On the Manner of Living of a Virtuous Woman, and of Her Behaviour During the Absence of Her Husband Chapter II: On the Conduct of the Elder Wife Towards the Other Wives of Her Husband, and on That of a Younger Wife Towards the Elder Ones. Also on the Conduct of a Virgin Widow Remarried; of a Wife Disliked by Her Husband; of the Women in the King's Harem; and Lastly on the Conduct of a Husband Towards Many Wives   Part V. About the Wives of Other Men Chapter I: Of the Characteristics of Men and Women--The Reasons Why Women Reject the Addresses of Men--About Men Who Have Success with Women, and About Women Who Are Easily Gained Over Chapter II: About Making Acquaintance with the Woman, and of the Efforts to Gain Her Over Chapter III: Examination of the State of a Woman's Mind Chapter IV: About the Business of a Go-between Chapter V: About the Love of Persons in Authority for the Wives of Other Men Chapter VI: About the Women of the Royal Harem; and of the Keeping of One's Own Wife   Part VI. About Courtezans Introductory Remarks Chapter I: Of the Causes of a Courtezan Resorting to Men; of the Means of Attaching to Herself the Man Desired; and of the Kind of Man That Is Desirable to Be Acquainted With Chapter II: Of Living Like a Wife Chapter III: Of the Means of Getting Money; of the Signs of the Change of a Lover's Feelings, and of the Way to Get Rid of Him Chapter IV: About Re-union with a Former Lover Chapter V: Of Different Kinds of Gain Chapter VI: Of Gains and Losses; Attendant Gains and Losses; and Doubts; as Also of the Different Kinds of Courtezans   Part VII. About the Means of Attracting Others to Yourself Chapter I: On Personal Adornment; on Subjugating the Hearts of Others; and on Tonic Medicines Chapter II: Of the Ways of Exciting Desire, and Miscellaneous Experiments, and Recipes Concluding Remarks