The Kama Sutra
Vatsyayana's Contribution to Human Sexuality
The Kama Sutra, which means "Sex Science", is the earliest surviving example of a written Hindu love-manual. It was compiled by the Indian sage Vatsyayana sometime between the second and fourth centuries A.D. His work was based on earlier Kama Shastras or "Rules of Love" going back to at least the seventh century B.C., and is a compendium of the social norms and love-customs of patriarchal Northern India around the time he lived.
Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra is valuable today for its psychological and physical insights into the interactions and scenarios of love, and for his structured approach to the many diverse situations he describes. He defines different types of men and women, matching what he terms "equal" unions, and gives detailed descriptions of many love-postures, sexual positions, and various forms of love-making.
Below are content links to all sections of one such translation of the Kama Sutra text.
The Kama Sutra, as translated by Indra Sinha
Lying Down Positions
Lying Down Positions - Samputa Group
From the Medieval Texts
Rear Entry Positions
Oral Pleasure - Fellatio Techniques
Oral Pleasure - Cunnilingus Techniques
Love Potions and Sex Aids
Reading and understanding this text may be difficult for some of you, but your efforts will reward you immensely if you apply what you learn to your sex lives. Obviously much of the material is out of date, but the principles on which it was based and written have not changed in thousands of years. If anything, reading at least some of the Kama Sutra will help you learn to be more resourceful and more creative, and this generally leads to a healthier, more interesting sex life.
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