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The Kamasutra, which many people regard as the paradigmatic textbook for sex, the sex text, was composed in North India, probably in the third century C. Virtually nothing is known about the author, Vatsyayana, other than his name and what we learn from this text. There is nothing remotely like it even now, and for its time it was astonishingly sophisticated; it was already well known in India at a time when the Europeans were still swinging in trees, culturally and sexually speaking. The Kamasutra is known in English almost entirely through the translation by Sir Richard Francis Burton, published well over a century ago, in It also reveals relatively liberal attitudes to women's education and sexual freedom, and far more complex views of homosexual acts than are suggested by other texts of this period. And it makes us see just what Burton got wrong, and ask why he got it wrong. Most Americans and Europeans today think that the Kamasutra is just about sexual positions, the erotic counterpart to the ascetic asanas of yoga. Reviews of books dealing with the Kamasutra in recent years have had titles like "Assume the Position" and "Position Impossible.
The text is a mix of prose and anustubh -meter poetry verses. The text acknowledges the Hindu concept of Purusharthas , and lists desire, sexuality, and emotional fulfillment as one of the proper goals of life. Its chapters discuss methods for courtship, training in the arts to be socially engaging, finding a partner, flirting, maintaining power in a married life, when and how to commit adultery, sexual positions, and other topics. The text is one of many Indian texts on Kama Shastra. The Kamasutra has influenced many secondary texts that followed after the 4th-century CE, as well as the Indian arts as exemplified by the pervasive presence Kama-related reliefs and sculpture in old Hindu temples. This first European edition by Burton does not faithfully reflect much in the Kamasutra because he revised the collaborative translation by Bhagavanlal Indrajit and Shivaram Parashuram Bhide with Forster Arbuthnot to suit 19th-century Victorian tastes. The original composition date or century for the Kamasutra is unknown. For these reasons, she dates the Kama sutra to the second half of the 3rd-century CE.
All sex positions. The Kamasutra — how frequently we hear this notion. Nevertheless, not every person understands the genuine meaning this book has, because the dominating majority associates it only with sex positions and no more. Certainly, to some extend such an opinion is quite truly, because one of the chapters indeed is dedicated to the latter topic. However, the book contains many other chapters, which narrate about various ideas and aspects related to relationship between man and woman. Is it true, that the only thing mentioned in the Kama Sutra and may be useful for a couple is just a number of sex positions?