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The best English Kama Sutra Interpretation Sir Richard F. Burton’s translation of The Kama Sutra remains one of the best English interpretations of this early Indian treatise on politics, social customs, love, and intimacy. Its crisp style set a new standard for Sanskrit translation. This Modern #1 Seller Classic Erotic Edition The Kama Sutra stands uniquely as a work of The best English Kama Sutra Interpretation Sir Richard F. Burton’s translation of The Kama Sutra remains one of the best English interpretations of this early Indian treatise on politics, social customs, love, and intimacy. Its crisp style set a new standard for Sanskrit translation. This Modern #1 Seller Classic Erotic Edition The Kama Sutra stands uniquely as a work of psychology, sociology, Hindu dogma, and sexology. It has been a celebrated classic of Indian literature for 1,700 years and a window for the West into the culture and mysticism of the East.This Modern Deluxe Illustrated Classic reprints the authoritative text of Sir Richard F. Burton’s 1883 translation.


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The best English Kama Sutra Interpretation Sir Richard F. Burton’s translation of The Kama Sutra remains one of the best English interpretations of this early Indian treatise on politics, social customs, love, and intimacy. Its crisp style set a new standard for Sanskrit translation. This Modern #1 Seller Classic Erotic Edition The Kama Sutra stands uniquely as a work of The best English Kama Sutra Interpretation Sir Richard F. Burton’s translation of The Kama Sutra remains one of the best English interpretations of this early Indian treatise on politics, social customs, love, and intimacy. Its crisp style set a new standard for Sanskrit translation. This Modern #1 Seller Classic Erotic Edition The Kama Sutra stands uniquely as a work of psychology, sociology, Hindu dogma, and sexology. It has been a celebrated classic of Indian literature for 1,700 years and a window for the West into the culture and mysticism of the East.This Modern Deluxe Illustrated Classic reprints the authoritative text of Sir Richard F. Burton’s 1883 translation.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    "Get a bigger flute!" "Increase ur Size! 6" "Don’t walk with tail between your legs." "V|agr.a, C|a.li5, and Phen.term.|ne CHeep!!" Was the Kama Sutra the original idea for spam email? "Take pomegranate and cucumber seeds, extract the juice of elabāluka (eluva, Gisekia pharmaceoides) and bhatakataiyā (Solanum indicum, eggplant). Cook in oil over a low heat. Use it to massage the penis. It will remain swollen for six months." ...It didn't sound so bad until I got to the last line... "Ram's or he-goat "Get a bigger flute!" "Increase ur Size! 6" "Don’t walk with tail between your legs." "V|agr.a, C|a.li5, and Phen.term.|ne CHeep!!" Was the Kama Sutra the original idea for spam email? "Take pomegranate and cucumber seeds, extract the juice of elabāluka (eluva, Gisekia pharmaceoides) and bhatakataiyā (Solanum indicum, eggplant). Cook in oil over a low heat. Use it to massage the penis. It will remain swollen for six months." ...It didn't sound so bad until I got to the last line... "Ram's or he-goat's testicles boiled in sugared milk increase sexual prowess." ...Can I have some more Rocky Mountain Oyster Pudding, grandma? "If a man anoints his penis with datura, black pepper [maricha], and long pepper [pippalī], crushed and mixed with honey, its use will allow him to bewitch and subjugate his partners." ...Or at least cause them to be doubled over in fiery pain. Once you're done mucking about with spicy peppers, priapisms, and testes, why not try this ancient recipe: "By rubbing one's hand with the excrements of a peacock, which has been made to take haritāla [yellow myrobalan] and manashilā [red arsenic], everything one touches becomes invisible." ...Infallable. Okay, in an attempt to save you, Dear Reader, a ton of time may I present: All You Will Ever Need To Know About the Kama Sutra* 1) There are no pictures in the original Kama Sutra, much to the chagrin of reviewers on Amazon. 2) For the naughtiest parts, go straight to Chapter Six 3) You aren't going to learn any new tricks unless you're a sweet, innocent teenager. 4) The Kama Sutra is extremely repetitive. (This explains my low-ish rating - I'd probably put it at a 2.5. And those stars are just there for the aforementioned chuckles at the insanity. Ancient people were batshitcrazy. It's a miracle we're still around.) There is a good reason for the repetitiveness - as a teaching text, a student is supposed to read the original with enlightened commentary. Unfortunately this translation includes 2 extra commentaries after every paragraph. The translator even apologizes in the intro for its "maladroitness." Even with good reason, doesn't make it fun to read. 5) A lot of the advice is violent - scratching, slapping, bleeding, etc. 6) The Kama Sutra wasn't exactly written by Vātsyāyana - he collected the "erotic science" sections of the Kama Shastra (which were becoming harder and harder to find). 7) The history of the Kama Sutra is interesting, as is the background of the three Shastras - go learn about them. Maybe I'm too dense, but I didn't learn much about history by reading the original text. 8) The Kama Sutra tries to explain all sexual practices, even those that are not recommended or are forbidden. Vātsyāyana felt it very important to be complete. Which I can get behind. *(unless you are an ancient Indian scholar, of course.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hoda Elsayed

    الكاماسوترا: نص هندي قديم يتناول السلوك الجنسي فى المجتمع الهندى فى المقام الأول. تحدّث عن الضرما والأرثا والكما، عن أوضاع الجماع. عن استمالة قلب المرأة الهندية، واستمالتها للرجل، وطقوس زواجهم. عن الزوجات، وزوجات الآخرين. الطريف هُنا هو مسميات الأشياء فمثلًا تجد قفزة الأرنب، ووثبة الكلب، وجماع قطيع البقر. :'D الكاتب يناقش الموضوع بأسلوب أبعد ما يكون عن الألفاظ البذيئة. الأمور هنا تتم بروحانية على الطريقة الهندية. يقول فاتسياتانا مؤلف الكتاب: "ما دامت هناك شِفاه تُقبَِل، وعيون تُبصِر فإن هذا الكتاب سيبقى الكاماسوترا: نص هندي قديم يتناول السلوك الجنسي فى المجتمع الهندى فى المقام الأول. تحدّث عن الضرما والأرثا والكما، عن أوضاع الجماع. عن استمالة قلب المرأة الهندية، واستمالتها للرجل، وطقوس زواجهم. عن الزوجات، وزوجات الآخرين. الطريف هُنا هو مسميات الأشياء فمثلًا تجد قفزة الأرنب، ووثبة الكلب، وجماع قطيع البقر. :'D الكاتب يناقش الموضوع بأسلوب أبعد ما يكون عن الألفاظ البذيئة. الأمور هنا تتم بروحانية على الطريقة الهندية. يقول فاتسياتانا مؤلف الكتاب: "ما دامت هناك شِفاه تُقبَِل، وعيون تُبصِر فإن هذا الكتاب سيبقى وسيهب لك الحياة"

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    before biff and chip, before the alphabet books, this is the first book i ever read. i remember well being read this book as i nodded off to sleep, and the pleasant dreams that would follow. as a four year old this book meant a lot to me, it completely shaped my views on literature and what a book meant to people. at age 8 i killed a man. that has nothing to do with this book, just thought i'd mention it. anyway, without this book i would never have got that job as a basketball player for the det before biff and chip, before the alphabet books, this is the first book i ever read. i remember well being read this book as i nodded off to sleep, and the pleasant dreams that would follow. as a four year old this book meant a lot to me, it completely shaped my views on literature and what a book meant to people. at age 8 i killed a man. that has nothing to do with this book, just thought i'd mention it. anyway, without this book i would never have got that job as a basketball player for the detroit pistons. no homo. this book is about the human condition and what it means to be a working class youth in 16th century london. this is why this book appealed to me so. it can speak to people on all walks of life, no homo. i killed a man once. but anyway.... this book started the second world war. i have no evidence for this, yet still i believe it. but anyway, this book is awesome. my favourite part is when the nasty old witch realises we're all the same in the end, and we are all born equal. then she bones the elevator attendant. no homo. anyway, i killed a man. but yeah, this book changed my life. after reading this at the age of 213, i realised life was not a game, that we must make each day as important as the last, and that pandas are spies for Belgium. no homo. this book taught me about how a robot works. now i will apply to robot wars and design a robot that can kill all others, maybe even one day rule the world. it sounds silly, bu this book truly filled me with hope, which is what a book should not do. honestly, this book is a bad influence on everyone that reads it. i let a person live once. homo. did you ever go to sea world? it was about several sexual positions and how keith chegwin ruled monday night television. he didn't. but he wished he did. no homo. anyway, this book was written long ago, which is cool cos a lot of things happen long ago (e.g. trousers, the beubonic plague, hitler, TISWAS, the list goes on). i think people should read this book so that everyone understands the true meaning of christmas. no santa. as a toddler, this book scared me. i didn't understand. but now. the end. no homo. so yeah, this book taught me how to walk, you wouldn't believe it but its true. this book is all about walking places. it just got a bad rep for being about the murder of alsations, but no, it is about how to walk. so please, read this book and die. homo. from the reviewer of this book, Salmand Rushdie.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    Arguably the hottest non-fiction book I've ever read - the translator has done a fantastic job of not only providing a translation of the original text, but also including translations of the commentaries by ancient Hindu authorities. The book is less pornographic than you would think - I have seen countless "reproductions" that merely involve couples photographed in the positions. These detract from the content of the original, as does the reputation that proceeds this book. This actually is more Arguably the hottest non-fiction book I've ever read - the translator has done a fantastic job of not only providing a translation of the original text, but also including translations of the commentaries by ancient Hindu authorities. The book is less pornographic than you would think - I have seen countless "reproductions" that merely involve couples photographed in the positions. These detract from the content of the original, as does the reputation that proceeds this book. This actually is more of a list of erotic behavior than it is a manual - anyone that reads this will never have a need to read an issue of 'Cosmo' again. (but then, anyone who has gone further than the missionary position probably doesn't need to read Cosmo either ;) Instead of a "sex manual" it is more of an insight to the sexuality of middle-ages India - there are entire chapters on biting, scratching, sexual positions, courting, seduction, quarrels and fights, "emergency cures and potions," as well as whole sections on homosexual behavior. The commentary (which was originally written a century or so after the original text) gives further advice, stating that certain behavior is not "suitable" for people of certain castes, or that women of certain regions prefer certain behaviors but shun others, etc. As someone interested in both anthropology and sexology, this volume is indispensable - but if you're someone looking for a quick, kinky read, I wouldn't recommend it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Allen

    Coming from a strong background in philosophy and the Classics, I found this book to be an invigorating read. In general, nobody has any idea what Kama Sutra means, what the books is or what the author intended it to be. Simply put, dispel yourself of any preconceived notions before you read even the first paragraph of this opus or my review. I was consistently intrigued by the exotic perspective and expansive scope of the Kama Sutra. In a sentence, the book is an exposition of the author's perso Coming from a strong background in philosophy and the Classics, I found this book to be an invigorating read. In general, nobody has any idea what Kama Sutra means, what the books is or what the author intended it to be. Simply put, dispel yourself of any preconceived notions before you read even the first paragraph of this opus or my review. I was consistently intrigued by the exotic perspective and expansive scope of the Kama Sutra. In a sentence, the book is an exposition of the author's personal experience of and his well-read study of carnal enjoyment. I found this perspective to be particularly interesting because you must set the narrative within the context of a highly stratified caste society with little to no social/economic/spiritual/political mobility. This book forced me to recognize that this society elevated, at least theoretically, carnal pleasure to a spiritual and cultural (pseudo)-science whereby these stratifications may be bent, re-interpreted and, to use a word in its literal sense, humanized. Do not underestimate the empirical and scientific level at which the author has applied his mind. I am certain that Aristotle or Aquinas would have been enraptured. Surprisingly to me, the scope of the Kama Sutra did not extend to other aspects of carnal pleasure to include among other things the culinary sciences. Perhaps, this is because the arts of cooking and the enjoyment of taste were not within the purview of the audience of the Kama Sutra. Speaking of Aristotle and the Greeks, the Kama Sutra contains an interesting comparative comment on the nature of prostitutes and their differing capacities in the Indian and Greek worlds. In the method of pre-Industrial revolution works, the author enjoys "scientific" proofs of his arguments by natural analogy. For example, the author supports his conclusions on that natural behaviors of mankind by analogies to his empirical observations of nature and animal life. This method, of course, will be immediately recognizable to any student of philosophy. The books follows a logical plan, which comprises of small treatises regarding specific aspects of the topic including the opinions of previous scholars and the author's agreement or disagreement with them. The work starts with an exhortation to the study of Kama, its benefits and its general nature. The book also includes treatises on the nature of man and woman, the nature of desire, the nature of union both carnal and spiritual, the nature of a wife and, the most unusual part in my opinion, the nature of the prostitute. Unfortunately, a collection of only a handful of the thousand of verses of this work has received notice and attention by the modern world - namely the verses, which describe the 64 arts of Kama ranging from cooing and biting to sexual positions and the appropriate setting for such sexual union. I do not understand why people believe that they will discover some sexual awakening from a book, whose focus is spiritual and philosophical in nature; if you are looking for this, there are obviously more available sources of this information. I conclude my review with a longing that the many works and authors, which are cited in this book, are unavailable and lost as far as I can tell. The book is a good foothold in Hindu culture and philosophy and has encouraged me to download the Rig Veda to my iPad/iPhone. The Kama Sutra deserves a read by any curious mind and has earned a solid 5-star rating.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Boncea

    Am comandat-o de pe Book Depository acum ceva vreme și i-am acordat vreo 30 de minute de răsfoială și acum vin cu un verdict, cei drept, cam precar: this is something. Dacă analizezi cartea prin ochii cuiva care trăiește în 2016, vei găsi nu doar o voce foarte misogină care tratează femeile ca ceva ce poate fi doar “gained” dar supune și bărbații la aceleași standarde imposibil de atins (bogăție, sănătate, nobilime, etc.); oferă chiar o listă de 60 și ceva de chestii la care femeile trebuie să s Am comandat-o de pe Book Depository acum ceva vreme și i-am acordat vreo 30 de minute de răsfoială și acum vin cu un verdict, cei drept, cam precar: this is something. Dacă analizezi cartea prin ochii cuiva care trăiește în 2016, vei găsi nu doar o voce foarte misogină care tratează femeile ca ceva ce poate fi doar “gained” dar supune și bărbații la aceleași standarde imposibil de atins (bogăție, sănătate, nobilime, etc.); oferă chiar o listă de 60 și ceva de chestii la care femeile trebuie să se priceapă, pe lângă sex, bineînțeles, pentru a fii respectate și privite ca egal al bărbaților cu elemente precum: să știe să tatueze, să scrie poezii ș.a.. Cartea îndrumă de asemenea și la cele mai înalte forme ale manipulării în scopul atingerii diverselor interese, susținând că X filosof indian susține acest timp de comportament și îl consideră justificat, ca pe o excepție de la regulile obișnuite. Practic, orice regulă îți impune cartea asta în relația dintre un bărbat și o femeie, e perfect ok dacă o încalci în numele narcisismului. Sistemul de valori pe care îl propune pare nebunesc doar fiindcă e pus în cuvinte, altminteri nu am mai fi așa de șocați dacă ne-am uita puțin în jurul nostru și am realiza că exact acesta e felul în care funcționăm și noi. Oamenii nu sunt perfecți, se lasă tentați, corupți, devin confuzi când au în față acel ceva pe care și-l doreau de mult timp. Nicio problemă, autorul s-a gândit și la acest lucru și de aceea există pedepse pentru cei care se abat de la reguli dar eșuează, pe când cei care fac același lucru dar încununați de succes sunt aclamați de societate… pentru că nimeni nu știe cum au ajuns acolo oricum, nu? Mi s-a părut distractiv cum la început erau descrise poziții sexuale cu denumiri foarte ciudate pentru situații la care nici nu m-aș fi gândit (nu știam că eunucii erau ceva comun în India) și după aceea se vorbea despre căsătorie și cum fata trebuie să fie neapărat virgină (pe lângă frumoasă, dintr-o familie bună, bogată, populară și talentată). Misoginismul se continuă prin distincția făcută între femeile “ușor de câștigat” și “greu de câștigat”, că doar suntem numere la loto, ce naiba, ca ulterior să poată ajunge “femei plăcute de soții lor” și “femei neplăcute de soții lor” (pentru care trebuie să facă curat în casă când sunt plecați și să le spele picioarele când se întorc sau să execute orice comandă a lor) – goals in life achieved. But wait, there’s more! Bărbații au și ei chestii imposibile de făcut, reguli stricte de urmat, și asta e partea care mi l-a făcut simpatic pe Vātsyāyana, autorul textului, care pune totul sub scuza trăirii sub Dharma (dobândirea meritului religios), Artha (dobândirea bogăției și a prosperității) și Kama (iubire, plăcere și gratificare senzuală). În opinia lui, dacă îi urmezi în tocmai regulile, vei duce o viață fericită sau ceva de genul. Așadar, bărbații trebuie să aibă conversații cu femeile, să vadă în ce stare mentală se află, să urmărească reacția lor, să nu facă sex cu ele fără preludiu și alte chestii din astea la ordinea zilei. Îmi place că acest filosof poate spune că femeile trebuie respectate dar că trebuie să-și trateze bărbații ca pe niște zei în același context. Bărbații de asemenea trebuie să fie virili, să le fută bine, mai pe românește și într-un fel, să le lase să profite de ei, în sensul că bărbații oricum știu că ele asta vor dar se bucură când le umflă egoul (citat parafrazat din carte). Mi-au rămas multe chestii în minte, precum dacă un bărbat și-a revanșat față de o femeie și ea tot îl respinge, el trebuie să o elimine din viața lui sau dacă ea îi dă semne de la prima întâlnire, e o femeie ușoară și astfel de femei nu merită iubite (alt citat parafrazat). Dar trebuie totuși să respectăm femeile – Vātsyāyana sec. II Î.Hr. Nu am știut la ce să mă aștept când am deschis cartea asta. Tot ce am știut vreodată despre Kama Sutra e că are legătură cu sexul și pozițiile sexuale, dar nu mă așteptam să găsesc un întreg manual de cum să faci să-ți atingi scopul. Are chiar un capitol întreg despre ce să faci dacă nu te ajută fața, care implică machiaj pentru femei și plante pentru virilitate la bărbați. Cât de actual. Ca să reiau ce ziceam la început, dacă analizezi cartea asta cu mintea cuiva cât de cât civilizat din 2016, te cam scârbește și ți se pare o aiureală. Dacă o privești însă ca pe un fel de lege după care oamenii chiar funcționau, întocmai, acum câteva secole, e o lucrare minunată. După cum scrie pe spate, probabil a influențat multe alte scrieri și mentalități ulterioare, ceea ce nu e chiar un lucru bun. Pot admite că sunt și câteva boabe de adevăr legate de psihologia masculină și feminină pe acolo, dar ideea per-totală e greșită din foarte multe puncte de vedere. Nu am citit cuvânt cu cuvânt dar mi-am aruncat ochii prin fiecare capitol și pot spune mai mult ca sigur că o voi redeschide în viitorul apropiat și voi citi mai atent toate acele reguli impuse de filosoful hindus. Însăși ideea de reguli pentru relația dintre doi oameni e greșită, dar Vātsyāyana pare să urmărească mai degrabă diferite raționamente notând consecințele fiecăruia. “Bărbații au obligația de a încerca iar femeile de a-i refuza” este nu doar principiul acestei cărți ci face încă parte din societatea modernă, lucru incredibil de supărător. Pot astfel să apreciez existența acestei cărți, întrucât realizez că nu ea a dictat mentalitatea oamenilor ci mai degrabă a fost inspirată din aceasta, din firea umană în general, în cea mai naturală și deci josnică formă a ei. Deși relațiile dintre curtezane și rege îmi par ceva străin acum, sunt sigură că în acele timpuri toate situațiile prezentate în carte erau ceva actual, felul cum femeile încercau să obțină bani și alte beneficii de la stăpânii lor ș.a.m.d. Chiar și faptul că în capitolul despre nevestele altora, intră la excepții dorința de a te pune bine cu soțul femeii sau dimpotrivă, dorința de a-l pune împotriva acestuia sau cum în capitolul despre ce să faci când o femeie nu te vrea, o soluție e să te împrietenești cu fratele ei sau cum mama ei e obligată să înlesnească întâlnirile dintre cei doi sau faptul că femeile care recunosc că vor să se fută sau sunt vulgare sunt nedemne de iubire și căsătorie… toate aceste lucruri nu aparțin doar de India secolului II Î.Hr. Traducerea lui Sir Richard F. Burton, deși făcută în 1883, este foarte concisă și ușor de urmărit iar având în vedere că textul este mult mai vechi de atât, nu pot spune decât ce spun după ce citesc orice carte veche: e trist cât de actuală e. Din păcate, Vātsyāyana doar a numit toate aceste probleme, fără să îi treacă aparent prin minte că sunt ceva ce ar trebui îndreptat în societate. Poate el a realizat înaintea noastră că nu e cu putință și s-a concentrat pe ce putem face. În orice caz, aceste mentalități au distrus multe vieți, însăși ideea că bărbații și femeile trebuie să fie într-un fel; în zilele noastre avem parte de foarte multă diversitate și din ce în ce mai mulți oameni afirmă acest lucru în mod public, își recunosc identitatea și sunt aclamați pentru asta. Poate evoluția constă măcar în faptul că am realizat că e o problemă cu toate lucrurile descrise în Kama Sutra și o astfel de societate nu e ceva așa de normal pe cât consemna Vātsyāyana. Mi-aș dori parcă să ne grăbim, să îngropăm de tot slut-shaming-ul, sexismul și valorile impuse de la naștere, înainte să aibă loc mai multe dezastre. Revenind la carte, a fost o călătorie interesantă, chiar îmi doream să aflu mai multe despre aceste vechi practici hinduse, despre India antică&shit. Mă bucur că acum am idee despre ce e vorba în Kama Sutra și nu e doar o carte despre sex și poziții sexuale, deși sucking a mango fruit e un nume interesant pentru un anume tip de sex oral.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    Like most children, my brother and I knew where everything was in our house, paying particular attention to the things we weren't supposed to know about. This book was contained in a shoebox in the closet of my parent's bedroom. The Kama Sutra is commonly mismarketed as a sex guide or as pornography. Although courtesans are mentioned, it is not about the sex trade but includes discussion of marriage, adultery, transvestism, homosexuality etc. Most memorable from the childhood perusal of it is the Like most children, my brother and I knew where everything was in our house, paying particular attention to the things we weren't supposed to know about. This book was contained in a shoebox in the closet of my parent's bedroom. The Kama Sutra is commonly mismarketed as a sex guide or as pornography. Although courtesans are mentioned, it is not about the sex trade but includes discussion of marriage, adultery, transvestism, homosexuality etc. Most memorable from the childhood perusal of it is the long listing of positions for coitus, many, if not all, of them named for various animals. This was weirdly fascinating, not for any erotic charge--there isn't any--but for the suggestions it implanted about how strange Indian culture must have been. I suppose Mom and Dad must have been disappointed also, neither of them having evinced any particular interest in the mores of medieval India.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I've always wondered about this book after I heard about it in my history class in 8th grade. When I was downloading things on ibook I saw this and I felt myself enough of an adult to finally read it without being embarrassed. It was a historical guide to relations with the opposite sex in all different castes in India. So this included the beggar all the way to royalty. To be honest much of it was tiresome and repetitive, but then every once in awhile you would stumble on something interesting l I've always wondered about this book after I heard about it in my history class in 8th grade. When I was downloading things on ibook I saw this and I felt myself enough of an adult to finally read it without being embarrassed. It was a historical guide to relations with the opposite sex in all different castes in India. So this included the beggar all the way to royalty. To be honest much of it was tiresome and repetitive, but then every once in awhile you would stumble on something interesting like how the women of a polygamist should always be fighting one another unless it causes to much discomfort to the husband. Just all the women's rights just never existed and they were treated worse than cattle, since cattle of course are holy in India. It would also talk about how best to cheat on your spouse, and how you could tell if someone was cheating on you. Courtship was also very interesting with its formalities and what was permitted. Pressing with nails and biting were something that always came up in the book as something to communicate to others either by doing it to them, or by biting or pressing you nails on a gift for them like a flower. There was also a couple chapters on sex, but they can be easily skipped if that's not your cup of tea. Especially the chapter on Eunuchs, just wierd. An odd book that after reading a few choice parts to my spouse, we were left laughing out loud a few times. I am glad to say that I now have an opinion about this "historical classic".

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett

    admittedly i did not read cover to cover, but i read enough to get a good sense. i was surprised to discover that much of it read like emily post's book of etiquette but for subjects such as kissing, scratching and biting (as in love play), how to behave toward the first wife if you are the second wife, personal adornment, and lying with courtesans.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    Este livro é um autêntico tsunami cultural. Foca-se nos escritos de Vatsyayana (que terá vivido algures entre os séculos I e VI da nossa era), um dos sábios hindus que, através da observação atenta e da própria experiência de vida, escreveu estes Aforismos sobre o Amor utilizando uma linguagem simples e direta, descrevendo o mundo que o cercava em termos de relacionamentos. Fiquei fascinada com a cultura que encontrei aqui retratada, que desconhecia por completo. Uma grande surpresa que tive foi Este livro é um autêntico tsunami cultural. Foca-se nos escritos de Vatsyayana (que terá vivido algures entre os séculos I e VI da nossa era), um dos sábios hindus que, através da observação atenta e da própria experiência de vida, escreveu estes Aforismos sobre o Amor utilizando uma linguagem simples e direta, descrevendo o mundo que o cercava em termos de relacionamentos. Fiquei fascinada com a cultura que encontrei aqui retratada, que desconhecia por completo. Uma grande surpresa que tive foi ao perceber a diferença abismal da perceção que se tinha da mulher (naquele tempo) na Índia e a que se tinha dela no mundo ocidental - a minha surpresa ao descobrir que neste velho mundo retratado por Vatsyayana as mulheres tinham um mínimo de voz, eram incentivadas a adquirirem cultura de maneira a poderem conversar sobre os mesmos assuntos que/com os homens, estudavam o Kama Shastra antes de se casarem para terem uma ideia do que as esperava (e para descobrirem como dar e receber prazer); os homens eram incentivados a conhecerem realmente as esposas, a não forçarem nada que elas não quisessem de livre vontade, entre outros. Passo a citar algumas das frases (se fossem todas não saíamos daqui) que me chamaram a atenção ou surpreenderam - devido à época em que isto foi escrito - enquanto lia: - Tudo quanto um dos amantes faça ao outro deverá ser-lhe retribuído na mesma moeda; - O homem que proceda de acordo com as inclinações da jovem deve procurar conquistá-la para que ela possa amá-lo e depositar nele a sua confiança. [...] Aquele que sabe fazer-se amar pelas mulheres, assim como contribuir para a sua dignidade e criar confiança nelas, tem assegurado o seu amor. Porém, aquele que não devota a sua atenção à jovem, pensando que ela é demasiado tímida, é desprezado por ela por não compreender o espírito feminino; - [...]por muito apaixonadamente que um homem ame uma mulher, nunca conseguirá conquistá-la sem conversar muito com ela; - De todos os amantes de uma rapariga, só será o seu verdadeiro marido aquele que possuir as qualidades que ela preza, e só um marido assim desfruta de verdadeiro ascendente sobre ela porque o é por amor; - O desejo, que nasce da natureza, é aumentado pela arte [...]. Um homem sagaz, que dependa das suas próprias qualidades, que observe cuidadosamente as ideias e desígnios das mulheres [...] é geralmente bem sucedido com elas; - A dimensão do amor de uma mulher não é conhecida nem sequer por aqueles que são objecto da sua afeição, devido à sua subtileza, assim como em consequência da cupidez e natural inteligência do sexo feminino. Como é dito nas observações finais da obra, "trata-se de uma obra que deveria ser estudada tanto por novos como por velhos; estes encontrarão nela verdades autênticas, colhidas da experiência e já comprovadas por eles próprios, ao passo que os primeiros desfrutarão da importante vantagem de aprender coisas que alguns nunca chegarão talvez a aprender ou que apenas poderão aprender quando for demasiado tarde para beneficiar dessa aprendizagem." Pequena nota: os Kama Sutras que geralmente se vêem por aí a circular (geralmente recheados de imagens explícitas chamativas) não o costumam ser, realmente. Essas versões mais recentes são já uma mistura de pouco ou quase nada de Kama Sutra (digamos, mais teórico) com uma grande parte de Kama Shastra (ciência prática do próprio Kama - prazer apreendido pelos cinco sentidos, embora seja habitualmente associado ao amor, prazer e satisfação sensual). Esta versão que li não tem o Kama Shastra incluído, embora seja mencionado várias vezes ao longo do texto.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Unable to read. Pages were stuck together.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nour AlAlii

    #مراجعة_كتاب_الكاماسوترا #فاتسيايانا نص هندي قديم يتناول السلوك الجنسي لدى الإنسان. يعتبر على نحو واسع عمل قياسي للحب في الأدب السنسكريتي. وضع النص الفيلسوف الهندي فاتسيايانا Vatsyayana، كخلاصة قصيرة للكثير من مؤلفات سابقة قديمة مختلفة تعود إلى تقليد يعرف باسم كاما شاسترا Kama Shastra، وهو يعني علم الحب، كلمة كاما Kama تعني الرغبة، بينما كلمة سوترا فتدلل على سلسلة من الحِكَمِ. مصطلح سوترا كان تعبير تقنياً قياسياً هنالك اعتقاد شعبي قديم بأن الفيلسوف فاتسيايانا كان أعزباً ويعتقد أيضا بأنه عاش في و #مراجعة_كتاب_الكاماسوترا #فاتسيايانا نص هندي قديم يتناول السلوك الجنسي لدى الإنسان. يعتبر على نحو واسع عمل قياسي للحب في الأدب السنسكريتي. وضع النص الفيلسوف الهندي فاتسيايانا Vatsyayana، كخلاصة قصيرة للكثير من مؤلفات سابقة قديمة مختلفة تعود إلى تقليد يعرف باسم كاما شاسترا Kama Shastra، وهو يعني علم الحب، كلمة كاما Kama تعني الرغبة، بينما كلمة سوترا فتدلل على سلسلة من الحِكَمِ. مصطلح سوترا كان تعبير تقنياً قياسياً هنالك اعتقاد شعبي قديم بأن الفيلسوف فاتسيايانا كان أعزباً ويعتقد أيضا بأنه عاش في وقت ما بين القرنين الأول إلى القرن السادس، في فترة الازدهار الثقافية العظيمة في العصر الغوبتي .أنا مهتمة بقراءة النصوص السنسكريتية لا أعلم لما لكن فلسفتها على مستوى عالي تعجبني بعيداً عن هدفها أو ما تحتويه طبعاً للتنويه القراءة بغير اللغة الأم ستفقدك لذة الكلمات لأن النصوص هذه موزونة ومنظمة بشكل عالي وكأنها قصائد شعرية أو سجع أستمع لها أحياناً داخل فيلم ولكن دون الترجمة لكن تجد فيها لحناً باهراً وانسجام . للوهلة الأولى ستعتبر الكتاب فاسد أو بذيء أو كُتب فقط للذة لكن هذه الأمور هي جزء لا يتجزأ ولا ينفصل عن حياة الإنسان وكان آنذاك كُتب للتعريف بالحب لدى الجاهل والأمي والمبتدأ وللمرأة والرجل كافة، ليس التعلم الصرف الوارد في الكاماسوترا تحريضاً للفاحشة لا فهذا النص ينبثق من صميم الحياة يعطي المرأة مكانها اللائق بها ستفهم أن كل نصوص الكاماسوترا تهدف لغرض وحيد وهو تأليه المرأة وتقديسها باختصار الكتاب أقرب للفلسفة وتطرق للنصائح النفسية والجسدية للمرأة والرجل طبعاً بالنسبة لي هو الفضول دفعني فقط للقراءة لم يكن لي أدنى معرفة بمحتواه فقط أنه إحدى النصوص السنسكريتية وجدته كتاب عادي واقعي من يوميات أي إنسان طبيعي طبعاً هندي; ، ما أحبه أكثر في الأدب السنسكريتي الاستماع لقصص الآلهة المتعددة والمعاركة والمخطوطات والآداب وقوانيهم المعقدة التي يفرضونها وأعيادهم وطقوسهم الغريبة كل ذلك كان سببه كثرة المسلسلات والأفلام الهندية أصبحت كالهوس😂😂😂 ولكن إلى الآن لن ولم يبهرني أحد في الأدب الهندي كطاغور في روايته غورا كانت الأروع .

  13. 4 out of 5

    Huda Aweys

    كنت فاكره هاعرف مصدر (سرسوب) الحب الهندي .. و الرومانسية الاوفر :) اللى بيطلعوا علينا من افلامهم دي :) .. طلع موضوع تانى .. بس ما علينا .. لغاية دلوقتى شايفاه كتاب ديني عادي جدا بيتناول الموضوع من منحى ديني و روحانى ... ***** المقدس و المدنس ... لسه موش قادرين نفهم تأويلاتهم و نفرق و نفصل مابينهم .. لسه موش قادرين نعرف ان احنا اللى بنضفي بافعالنا و تصرفاتنا و نوايانا صفة القداسة او الدناسة على اي شئ .. و ان مافيش شئ بذاته مقدس او مدنس غير اللى ربنا عز وجل اضفى عليه الصفة دى .. و الموضوع اللي بيناق كنت فاكره هاعرف مصدر (سرسوب) الحب الهندي .. و الرومانسية الاوفر :) اللى بيطلعوا علينا من افلامهم دي :) .. طلع موضوع تانى .. بس ما علينا .. لغاية دلوقتى شايفاه كتاب ديني عادي جدا بيتناول الموضوع من منحى ديني و روحانى ... ***** المقدس و المدنس ... لسه موش قادرين نفهم تأويلاتهم و نفرق و نفصل مابينهم .. لسه موش قادرين نعرف ان احنا اللى بنضفي بافعالنا و تصرفاتنا و نوايانا صفة القداسة او الدناسة على اي شئ .. و ان مافيش شئ بذاته مقدس او مدنس غير اللى ربنا عز وجل اضفى عليه الصفة دى .. و الموضوع اللي بيناقشه الكتاب موش مدنس في حد ذاته ..... في القرآن الكريم كان فيه تعرض للمواضيع دي من منحى عقائدي زي ما فى الآية الكريمة : (فَأْتُوهُنَّ مِنْ حَيْثُ أَمَرَكُمُ اللَّهُ) و من منحى سردي زي ما في سور يوسف ... و في المسيحية كان فيه (نشيد الانشاد) و اللى عن نفسي باشوفه مجرد شعر رقيق مرهف موش على الحد دا من الابتذال اللى بيحاول يصوره البعض دا غير انه بينسب لسيدنا سليمان و عروسه موش لله عزوجل عموما فلازم نتقبل مناقشة مواضيع زي دي مادام من جوانب غير مبتذلة .. سواء دينية او علمية .. و لازم نحاول نفهم و نطلع على عقائد و علوم و اديان غيرنا .. لاننا فى مرحلة صدام حضارات دلوقتى :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    This is a funny book! Since the book was written in the ancient India, many of the non-sexual instructions like courtship, concubines, courtesan, prostitutes, are just passe and ridiculous! However, the sexual parts (which is just 1 out of 7 parts of the book)are still thought provoking and could still bewilder one's imaginations! This being an instruction book and an undeniably an indespensable part of classic literature is nothing but a must read piece of work of art. Thanks again Tata J for le This is a funny book! Since the book was written in the ancient India, many of the non-sexual instructions like courtship, concubines, courtesan, prostitutes, are just passe and ridiculous! However, the sexual parts (which is just 1 out of 7 parts of the book)are still thought provoking and could still bewilder one's imaginations! This being an instruction book and an undeniably an indespensable part of classic literature is nothing but a must read piece of work of art. Thanks again Tata J for lending me this book! I hope you will find more books like this, read them right away and pass them on to your equally voracious brother!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Theresia monica danis rahayu

    not just sex n make love, guyzz!!..

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Found this again the other day in an old stack of books I needed to box up for storage. I ended up reading this again and lending it to a friend, as all good books should end up (if you have friends that return books). I always find this book interesting and not for the commonly thought reasons. Yes it is a book about sex, but it also a book that leads up to the act by discussing social climates, moods and behavior, psychological conundrums and mindset and energy. There are bold pictures here, s Found this again the other day in an old stack of books I needed to box up for storage. I ended up reading this again and lending it to a friend, as all good books should end up (if you have friends that return books). I always find this book interesting and not for the commonly thought reasons. Yes it is a book about sex, but it also a book that leads up to the act by discussing social climates, moods and behavior, psychological conundrums and mindset and energy. There are bold pictures here, showing positions and processes that are interesting as well, and yet the overall read drew my eye to the words, with the plates and pictures as a compliment, always. This stands as one of the greatest works of relationships, in many ways. It gets talked about as taboo or as outright disgusting old adult literature, but I disagree. There are many things going on in this book and the various positions, in talking, touching and physically exercising the usages here are myriad. Make no mistake, this book gets you going in many ways, but I feel that when the mind is stimulated, the heart and body follow along and the entire experiment yields the desired outcome. Don't hear many people talk about this book anymore. There are variations of the translation out there in multitude, but this one I enjoy the most. Danny

  17. 4 out of 5

    Johanna

    The Kama Sutra handles subjects of marriage, hetero- and homosexuality, monogami and polygami alike, how to steal a woman from another man – as well as the life of courtesans, and last mot not least, how to attract a woman by extra ”medicines”. It handles things quite ”scientifically” and is in no way erotic. In fact, only one out of seven parts discusses ”Sexual Union” while the rest focuses on more cultural issues and etiquette. Most of which are clearly outdated, but hence I have a great gener The Kama Sutra handles subjects of marriage, hetero- and homosexuality, monogami and polygami alike, how to steal a woman from another man – as well as the life of courtesans, and last mot not least, how to attract a woman by extra ”medicines”. It handles things quite ”scientifically” and is in no way erotic. In fact, only one out of seven parts discusses ”Sexual Union” while the rest focuses on more cultural issues and etiquette. Most of which are clearly outdated, but hence I have a great general historical interest – I found it both fascinating and, at times, comical to read about how you were supposed to behave around, and treat a woman 2000 or so years ago – also how a woman herself is to treat males of various castes and social standing. In a way, it is not so different from those classic 19th-20th century ”house wife” books – and when taking time to reflect, it is not so much different from our woman world view before 20th century. The only difference is that in India, it’s been written down in, perhaps you might say, pure scientific matter of fact.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aliaa Mohamed

    سمعت كثيراً من قبل عن هذا الكتاب وعن الضجة التي صاحبته فقررت قراءة الترجمة العربية ،وكلما انغمست ف القراءة وجدت أن ما به لا يستحق كل تلك الثرثرة عنه وربما كان ذلك من شعوري بأن الترجمة خفضت من قيمة هذا الكتاب ، بالإضافة إلى شعوري بأنه مبتور وناقص عن النسخة الأصلية . ف الإجمال الكتاب ليس بالسيئ وليس بالجيد ويعتبر مرجع عن ماهية الحب عند الهنود باعتبارهم أكثر الشعوب اهتماما بذلك ( إلى جانب الضرما والأرثا )

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Come on who hasn't at some point in their life picked this up and flicked through it. Turned it upside down, trying to figure out just what is going on. Honestly if you need a guide for this stuff you're not thinking hard enough.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Harry Allagree

    It undoubtedly would've been helpful for me personally had I read this classic work as a younger man, rather than as one now approaching his 80's! Unfortunately, most Americans, hearing the name Kama Sutra, immediately think "sex manual". Here's how the 3rd cent. Indian author, Mallanaga Vatsyayanna, in the Epilogue sums it up: "...One who understands [the Kama Sutra's] essence will look to virtue, wealth and pleasure, his own faith, the world around him, and not act just out of passion... Learned a It undoubtedly would've been helpful for me personally had I read this classic work as a younger man, rather than as one now approaching his 80's! Unfortunately, most Americans, hearing the name Kama Sutra, immediately think "sex manual". Here's how the 3rd cent. Indian author, Mallanaga Vatsyayanna, in the Epilogue sums it up: "...One who understands [the Kama Sutra's] essence will look to virtue, wealth and pleasure, his own faith, the world around him, and not act just out of passion... Learned and adept in these, looking to virtue, also wealth and not seeking only pleasure with a passion excessive, he will succeed in what he does." The Kama Sutra is eminently practical, but also explains the logical reasons behind what it suggests. I noticed, too, that over & over again it makes "recommendations": recognizing that each person has to approach the subject matter in view of his/her own circumstances, locality, social norms, etc. Such a book, it seems to me, would be an invaluable aid in sex education courses in helping young minds understand that it's definitely not "all about sex". For the record, this edition, beautifully translated from the Sanscrit by A. N. D. Haksar in 2011, is not illustrated. I didn't actually notice this until I started reading some of the descriptions, and realized that probably I'd have been much too distracted from the content of the work had there been illustrations. Having read it and understood its purpose better, it could be helpful now to find a good illustrated edition for further perusal.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emy Jabran

    بصراحة لا اجد اي تعليق مناسب للكتاب.. حاولت قرائته فقط لانه كتاب قديم يعود لاكثر من 2000 سنة يحمل الحياة الاجتماعية للهنود وطريقة عيشهم لكن خاب ظني عند قرائته اعتبره من اسوء الكتب التي اضعت وقتي فيها.. الكتاب غير اخلاقي بالمرة ومستفز في اغلب فصوله.. فيه باب كامل لاساليب احتيال النديمات على الرجال لسلب ثروثهم والتخلص منهم بعد ذلك, وطرق اجتذاب المراة المتزوجة! والاكثر استفزازا قيام زوجة الرجل بجذب النساء اللواتي اعجبن زوجها وتسهيل امر لقائهن به!! كما يتضمن وصفات من السحر لجذب الاخرين او لنفور الرج بصراحة لا اجد اي تعليق مناسب للكتاب.. حاولت قرائته فقط لانه كتاب قديم يعود لاكثر من 2000 سنة يحمل الحياة الاجتماعية للهنود وطريقة عيشهم لكن خاب ظني عند قرائته اعتبره من اسوء الكتب التي اضعت وقتي فيها.. الكتاب غير اخلاقي بالمرة ومستفز في اغلب فصوله.. فيه باب كامل لاساليب احتيال النديمات على الرجال لسلب ثروثهم والتخلص منهم بعد ذلك, وطرق اجتذاب المراة المتزوجة! والاكثر استفزازا قيام زوجة الرجل بجذب النساء اللواتي اعجبن زوجها وتسهيل امر لقائهن به!! كما يتضمن وصفات من السحر لجذب الاخرين او لنفور الرجل من زوجته او تحسين المظهر او احداث تشوهات... لعل الفصل الثاني هو الافضل في الكتاب -افضل السيئين- لكونه تطرق لـ"تشاتشاشتي" وهو عبارة عن الثقافة الجنسية للهنودس... الكتاب يضفي بعد الضوء على تلك الحقبة وكيف كان يعيش الناس وقتها وخاصة العلاقة بين الجنسين.. وعكس ما كان عندنا فالمراة الحرة هي من تظهر صدرها بينما تخفيه الامة كما تمتعت النديمات بحرية كبيرة وكان زواج المتعة منتشرا عندهم لكنه محدد بسنة الكتاب غير ممتع بالمجمل ففي ذلك العصر لم يعتني المؤلفون بجمالية النص الادبي ويقدم المؤلف المعلومات التي لديه بدون اي لمسة ادبية

  22. 5 out of 5

    Soo

    The Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana is a great book that gives a detailed description on several aspects on sex, love and marriage in Sanskriti culture. There's a lot of cultural information in this collection of tales and advice that is really interesting and rather surprising. These examples are made using the highest ideal/potential one can work towards. It's not the general standard that was actually lived by but the standards a person was meant to aim for. I would use this book as a part of sexual The Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana is a great book that gives a detailed description on several aspects on sex, love and marriage in Sanskriti culture. There's a lot of cultural information in this collection of tales and advice that is really interesting and rather surprising. These examples are made using the highest ideal/potential one can work towards. It's not the general standard that was actually lived by but the standards a person was meant to aim for. I would use this book as a part of sexual education. A clean, unbiased use of the book would give a decent background to people about what could be possible in a sexual relationship. It's not enough to cram down the negative fallout of what could happen if you have uninformed, unprotected sex. People should learn the varied depth of what emotional and physical pleasure is about.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Spacaj-Gorham

    Great book on society and culture and sex...in that order. Not even 100 pages are explicitly dedicated to intercourse. More of the book is talking about what is acceptable in various cultures at that time. This ancient survey of customs and relationships that were contemporary at the time the pieces were written (it is a compilation of works from various authors) offers unique insight, going beyond the popular conception of the book. It is interesting on many levels. If someone is just looking f Great book on society and culture and sex...in that order. Not even 100 pages are explicitly dedicated to intercourse. More of the book is talking about what is acceptable in various cultures at that time. This ancient survey of customs and relationships that were contemporary at the time the pieces were written (it is a compilation of works from various authors) offers unique insight, going beyond the popular conception of the book. It is interesting on many levels. If someone is just looking for the sexual positions and tips there are illustrated versions too, but I can't comment on those because I've never read them. There's a whole shelf full at Barnes and Nobel last time I checked.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cory Gimmestad

    I read the complete original text and I found it interesting in the fact that the content wasn't what I thought it would be. Most of the reading is outdated in the sense that it was written for the culture of that time. For example, I skipped the chapters about how to acquire a wife and what should be included in a dowry. I learned more about Chinese history and culture than anything else.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Everyone knows what The Kama Sutra is about. Right? Well, for those of you laughing at me or looking at me askance, maybe you don't know quite so much as you think you do. Yes, it is about sex, but, more than that, it is a study of pleasure, of courtship. Only one chapter focuses on sexual positions, although the other chapters do include other sexual acts. This new edition of The Kama Sutra does not have any pictures of how to accomplish the sexual positions. Disappointed? Well, there's always t Everyone knows what The Kama Sutra is about. Right? Well, for those of you laughing at me or looking at me askance, maybe you don't know quite so much as you think you do. Yes, it is about sex, but, more than that, it is a study of pleasure, of courtship. Only one chapter focuses on sexual positions, although the other chapters do include other sexual acts. This new edition of The Kama Sutra does not have any pictures of how to accomplish the sexual positions. Disappointed? Well, there's always the cover and the inside flaps. Reading this, I'm a bit curious how the work became known as a book full of pictures of sexual positions. Certainly, Vatsyayana does describe a fair number, but probably not as many as are in the books that have been published. My own theory is that people came up with a bunch more positions while trying to figure out the ones Vatsyayana described, with limited detail. From a historian's viewpoint, this was a really neat book to read. One thing I read for particularly was the treatment of women. Now, considering that it's from roughly the third century CE, women are obviously property. Their role is to be subservient. Still, I was somewhat impressed with two things. 1) Vatsyayana also wrote this with women in mind, and included discussions of how a woman can come to have power over her lover or husband. 2) Vatsyayana openly says that women can have strong sexual drives. This is something that is often denied still today. On the other hand, some of the advice is spot on, and modern males could still learn from it. For example, Vatsyayana says that "One needs to study a woman's behaviour when making a pass at her." Very true. Women are generally going to give off some hints, some signals telling you whether or not they are interested. Being able to read these signals is an art. Of course, his next piece of advice, should she for some strange reason, not be interested is that in some cases "she is available, but by force when they are alone." Not so good. Oh, ancient value systems. Despite having been written by a celibate focused on meditation, The Kama Sutra really strikes me as the guidebook of a 3rd century Barney Stinson. Seriously, think about it. Within there are precise descriptions on how to bed women of every variety, along with consideration of sexual positions and how to be attractive. "A paste of rosebay, ginger and dried plum leaves" was probably the old school Indian method of 'suiting up.' Or not. Haha. But seriously, it is so much more awesome to read while thinking about this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leny (Helen) Wagner

    To be honest I feel a little ridiculous rating a book which belongs to an era and culture so removed from my own. I don't feel that any person born in the west in the twenty first century can truly grasp much of the Kama Sutra beyond its basic meaning, and we certainly cannot fathom its cultural significance in its own day and age. That being said, the Kama Sutra has probably always been a hard book for any woman to appreciate- it is overtly sexist and makes multiple claims about women being prim To be honest I feel a little ridiculous rating a book which belongs to an era and culture so removed from my own. I don't feel that any person born in the west in the twenty first century can truly grasp much of the Kama Sutra beyond its basic meaning, and we certainly cannot fathom its cultural significance in its own day and age. That being said, the Kama Sutra has probably always been a hard book for any woman to appreciate- it is overtly sexist and makes multiple claims about women being primarily money-seeking individuals while men are primarily knowledge-seeking individuals. Although it may not have seemed so clearly sexist to women at the time it was written it would doubtless have offended the sensibilities of many due to its then-controversial subject material. Let's make one thing clear though- in a post-modern context there is nothing particularly shocking and certainly nothing remotely sexy about the sage Vatsayana's work. The Kama Sutra is primarily a religious text and should only ever be approached as such. It is not meant to be a sexual guide and reference book, as it is so often purported to be, in fact only one seventh of the book discusses sex with any degree of explicity and that which it does discuss is marked by such outdated wisdom as to seem comical to the twenty-first century reader. When read in the correct mindset (ie- one that considers the historical importance of the Kama Sutra, remembering that it is one of the most valuable and detailed Hindu religious texts regarding the methods of acquiring or enhancing ones Kama), the Kama Sutra provides valuable insight to the Hindu religion and is therefore a must read for all individuals fascinated by eastern spiritual practice.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ola

    You won’t find any picture there ;) Book describes social norms, custom behaviors related to sexual life, relationships between men and women. For us, living in Europe, in modern times, it’s rather a source of knowledge of different culture, or a comic book, not guidebook telling us how to live. I’m not a big fan of kidnapping women that don’t want to have a sexual relationship with a man or of a thought that my spouse will have few other wives and even more courtesans. In a very detailed way au You won’t find any picture there ;) Book describes social norms, custom behaviors related to sexual life, relationships between men and women. For us, living in Europe, in modern times, it’s rather a source of knowledge of different culture, or a comic book, not guidebook telling us how to live. I’m not a big fan of kidnapping women that don’t want to have a sexual relationship with a man or of a thought that my spouse will have few other wives and even more courtesans. In a very detailed way author describes kinds of kisses and intercourses (but as I said, no pictures), 64 arts that woman should know to please a man (eg.: how to teach a parrot to talk, how to play on glasses filled in with water, she should also know everything about cocks fights, tattooing, body piercing, gardening, making bouquets, not to mention such common things like singing and dancing to name only a few), how to gain a wife and how to treat other wives of a husband if you are one of many wives, rules during quarrel of lovers including what exactly should be said, where to look, how to move a head (eg. when a man wants to make his woman to explain why she is upset he needs to embrace her with his left (!) arm and starts a conversation that way and she should pretend that she wants to leave the room still being angry - a man should try to convince her to stay...), how to treat a courtesan and lot of other things that from my point of view are just funny. Anyhow, as it’s one of the most famous books of the world I think it’s worth to read it even if probably we won’t use any of author’s advices.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    The Kama Sutra is a very interesting book, and gives a very interesting view on ancient Indian Culture. However, I can not see it as this "Ultimate sex guide" people seem to give it credit for. the Majority of the book is about how to interact with people in ancient Hindu society, and of course it's Sexual advice is truly dated. Read it if you want to read a truly classic piece of literature and gain a higher understanding of how Ancient Hindu and Indian Culture works. However, if you are going The Kama Sutra is a very interesting book, and gives a very interesting view on ancient Indian Culture. However, I can not see it as this "Ultimate sex guide" people seem to give it credit for. the Majority of the book is about how to interact with people in ancient Hindu society, and of course it's Sexual advice is truly dated. Read it if you want to read a truly classic piece of literature and gain a higher understanding of how Ancient Hindu and Indian Culture works. However, if you are going to read it thinking you are going to find some crazy erotic imagery then you will be very disappointed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ivaylo Tsvetkov

    Книга, чиито текстове в 99 % от случаите не се вписват в съвременните взаимоотношения между половете. Съветите на моменти са в състояние да превърнат човек по-скоро в социопат, отколкото в добър любовник - "Правилно е да пожелаем да съблазним чужда жена, стига да имаме намерението да убием съпруга й, за да вземем богатството му". Други пък са абсурдно комични - "Не се захващайте с прекалено бяла/прекалено черна/зловонна жена, жена, чието име завършва на "р" (навярно се има предвид Роджър)" и т.н Книга, чиито текстове в 99 % от случаите не се вписват в съвременните взаимоотношения между половете. Съветите на моменти са в състояние да превърнат човек по-скоро в социопат, отколкото в добър любовник - "Правилно е да пожелаем да съблазним чужда жена, стига да имаме намерението да убием съпруга й, за да вземем богатството му". Други пък са абсурдно комични - "Не се захващайте с прекалено бяла/прекалено черна/зловонна жена, жена, чието име завършва на "р" (навярно се има предвид Роджър)" и т.н. Най-практичният съвет от цялата книга - "Къпете се ежедневно."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Gager

    I can't believe it took me so long to remember this one. Didn't everyone in the 50's & 60's read this? I mainly remember the part about how to enlarge the ole lingum. No idea what edition I had and the date read is a guess.

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