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The Kamasutra (Translated) by [Vatsyayana]
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The first complete edition of the Kamasutra. It contains a crisp introduction; the original Sanskrit; a new, accurate and readable English translation; fifty full-page illustrations using period clothing, jewelry, and settings; and a thorough index.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Part One: General Matters 1
One: Summary of the Guide 3
Two: The Three Aims of Life 10
Three: Exposition of the Skills 18
Four: Lifestyle of the Elegant Man 25
Five: The Lover and His Companions 38
Part Two: Sexual Intercourse 47
One: Sexual Unions 49
Sexual Intercourse with Regard to Size, Endurance and Temperament 49
The Variations of Love 58
Two: Embraces 61
Three: Ways of Kissing 77
Four: Forms of Scratching 85
Five: Biting and Behaviors 92
Ways of Biting 92
Behavior Typical of Women from Different Provinces 95
Six: Positions and Unusual Acts 100
Different Sexual Positions 100
Unusual Sexual Acts 118
Seven: Slapping and Moaning 130
Eight: Imitation and Techniques 138
Imitating the Sexual Role of a Man 138
Sexual Techniques of a Man 141
Nine: Oral Sex 151
Ten: Sex: Beginning, Ending, Types, Quarrels 165
The Beginning and Conclusion of Sexual Intercourse 165
Different Kinds of Sex 172
The Lovers’ Quarrel 175
Part Three: Young Women 181
One: Choosing a Bride 183
Rules of Courtship 183
Deciding a Match 188
Two: Winning Her Confidence 191
Three: Approaches and Gestures 200
Approaching a Young Woman 200
Indications through Gestures and Facial Expressions 209
Four: Advances 213
Advances a Man Can Make on His Own 213
Approaching a Man One Desires 219
Winning a Young Woman by Advances 222
Five: Stratagems for Weddings 225
Part Four: The Wife 233
One: The Only Wife 235
Conduct of an Only Wife 235
Conduct of a Wife Whose Husband is Abroad 244
Two: The Other Wives 248
Conduct of the Senior Wife to the Co-Wives 248
Conduct of the Junior Wife 251
Conduct of the Remarried Woman 253
Conduct of an Unloved Wife 256
Matters Pertaining to the Harem 258
Conduct of a Man with Several Wives 261
Part Five: Other Men’s Wives 265
One: Seducing Successfully 267
Exposing the Nature of Men and Women 267
Causes of Resistance 270
Men Who Have Success with Women 275
Women Who are Easily Won 276
Two: Intimacy and Advances 279
Ways to Intimacy 279
Making Advances 284
Three: Examination of Inclinations 287
Four: Tasks of the Female Messenger 294
Five: The Erotic Desire of Rulers 309
Six: Harems and Wives 320
Life in the Harem 320
Guarding One’s Wives 329
Part Six: Courtesans 333
One: Friends and Lovers 335
The Appraisal of a Friend, Suitable and Unsuitable Lovers, and Reasons for Approaching a Lover 335
How to Acquire One 341
Two: Compliance with the Lover 345
Three: Money, Indifference and Disposal 358
Ways to Make Money 358
Signs and Recognition of Indifference 362
Methods for Driving the Lover Away 364
Four: Restoring a Broken Relationship 368
Five: Types of Profit 378
Six: Profit, Loss, Risk and Types of Available Women 388
Considering Profit and Loss, and their Consequences and Risks 388
Types of Available Women 400
Part Seven: Advanced Methods 403
One: Luck, Spellbinding and Aphrodisiacs 405
Achieving Luck in Love 405
Spellbinding Someone 410
Aphrodisiacs 413
Two: Passion, Enlargement and Techniques 419
Recovery of Lost Passion 419
Enlarging the Male Organ 423
Unusual Techniques 425
Contributors 433
Index 435


About the Translator

Residing in Oslo, Norway, Lars Martin Fosse holds a master’s and doctorate from the University of Oslo, and also studied at the Universities of Heidelberg, Bonn, and Cologne. He is one of Europe’s most experienced translators.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 52717 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: YogaVidya.com; 1 edition (1 September 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LP7TGBQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 2 October 2014
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It's ok. I bought it out of curiosity. Very interesting to hear and see some of the positions.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and universal 8 January 2013
By Ms. Jess - Published on Amazon.com
One of the first things I noticed about this edition was the inclusion of the original Sanskrit text. The second thing I noticed was that the illustrations matched the clothing and jewellery of the era that the Kamasutra was written. These two details made reading the main text a lot more enjoyable and enriching for me (even though I can't read the original Sanskrit, it makes me feel more "connected" to the original writing from ancient Indian culture, especially since I've always had an interest in ancient civilisations).

The brief introduction of the book (around a succinct 5 pages) states to the reader very clearly what the book is and isn't:

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"Do not blindly use this booka as a how-to manual."

"...it abscribes a deep, positive value to sex: it isn't simply for reproduction--sexual happiness matters, and it's important for one's physical and mental health."

"Perhaps our challenge is to learn what we can without damaging who we are...One could even use this knowledge to find and nurture true love."

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With this clear introduction in place, the reader is then invited to peruse the rest of the book, which covers subjects such as sexual intercourse (ten chapters with seventeen sections--lots of juicy/useful details about ways of biting, unusual sex acts, beginning and conclusion of intercourse, etc.), conduct of a wife, courtesans (a very lovely and exotic section, for me!), and advanced methods (this one covers how to achieve luck in love, etc--albeit set in "the ancient world," still very educational and illuminating).

This book is also published by YogaVidya, which is "dedicated to publishing quality books about Yoga." I like that the company is completely independent of any commercial, governmental, educational or religious institutions, as I trust that this means the product/book is more like to be presented as what it is "in essence" (i.e. uninfluenced by personal and/or some other kind of moral or political agenda).

I am glad to say this was my experience with this textual edition and presentation of The Kamasutra. I'd recommend it to anyone who was interested in what the original text really is all about. The easy reading and nice accompanying illustrations help ensure this ancient (and practical) guide continues to be available to the masses in its original non-gimmicky state, so that we too can continue to explore the psychology and practice of pleasure through sexual behaviour.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think that just about anyone would be fascinated by this book 2 November 2012
By Alice in Wondland - Published on Amazon.com
The Kamasutra is one of the most famous books around. Everyone has heard of the famous book, but how many have actually read it? Well, if you are interested in reading the Kamasutra, then this is the translation you should pick!

This book at least claims to be the first complete edition of the Kamasutra, and certainly it does seem to have everything. Each section of the book begins with the words in the original Sanskrit, which is followed up by an English-language translation. The book is easy to understand, with none of the sections coming across as obscure or enigmatic. The book also contains fifty quite excellent full-page, pen-and-ink illustrations. These are done in a realistic manner, with the people or place shown depicted realistically for the period.

I really enjoyed this book. The sexual information was quite interesting; it's what made the book famous. But, I also was fascinated by the advice for wives in polygamous relationships. Personally, I think that just about anyone would be fascinated by this book, which has so much to say about sexuality, and about Indian culture in that era.

(Review of The Kamasutra, translated by Lars Martin Fosse)

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