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The Complete Kama Sutra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text

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The world's oldest and most widely read guide to the pleasures and techniques of sex, the Kama Sutra was compiled in the fourth century A.D. by a Brahmin and religious scholar name Vatsyayana, who worked from texts dating back to the fourth century B.C. Until the present, the only English translation of his Hindu love classic was that of the famous English explorer Sir Richard Burton, published in 1883.

Unlike Burton's version, Alain Daniélou's new translation preserves the numbered verse divisions of the original and includes two essential commentaries: the Fayamangala commentary, written in Sanskrit by Yashodhara during the Middle Ages, and a modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Whereas Burton's Victorian reluctance to translate certain terms obscured our understanding of the philosophy and techniques of the Kama Sutra, Daniélou has preserved the full explicitness of the original, dealing with everything from the art of scratching to relations with the wives of others.

Realistic and pragmatic in its approach, the Kama Sutra deals without ambiguity or hypocrisy with all aspects of sexual life--including marriage, adultery, prostitution, group sex, sadomasochism, male and female homosexuality, and transvestism. The text paints a fascinating portrait of an India whose openness to sexuality gave rise to a highly developed expression of the erotic.

Synopsis:

The oldest and most widely read guide to the pleasures of sexuality, the Kama Sutradeals with all aspects of sexual life, and was compiled from texts dating to the fourth century B.C. In contrast to the only previously available version, Alain Danielou's new translation preserves the full explicitness of the original.

Synopsis:

This definitive volume is the first modern translation of Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra to include two essential commentaries: the Jayamangala of Yashodhara and the modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Alain Danilou spent four years comparing versions of the Kama Sutra in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, and English, drawing on his intimate experience of India, to preserve the full explicitness of the original. I wanted to demystify India, he writes, to show that a period of great civilization, of high culture, is forcibly a period of great liberty."

Synopsis:

This edition of the definitive modern translation of Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra is the first to include two essential commentaries--the Jayamangala of Yashodhara and the modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Danielou spent four years comparing versions of the Kama Sutra, drawing on his intimate experience of India to preserve the full explicitness of the original.

About the Author

Alain Danilou (1907-1994) was without question a Renaissance man. Following his early years as an artist, dancer, and musician in Paris (Cocteau, Diaghilev, and Stravinsky were among his friends), Danilou settled in India, where he spent fifteen years in the study of Sanskrit, philosophy, and music. After numerous university appointments in India, he returned in 1963 to Europe, establishing the Institute of Comparative Music Studies in Berlin for the reevaluation of Asian music. Danilou wrote more than thirty books about the philosophy, religion, history, and arts of India, including Gods of Love and Ecstasy; Myths and Gods of India; Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation; While the Gods Play; The Phallus; and Music and the Power of Sound

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Introduction by Alain Danielou

Part One: General Remarks

1. Contents of the Book

2. The Three Aims of Life

3. The Acquisition of Knowledge

4. The Conduct of the Well-bred Townsman

5. Reflections on Intermediaries Who Assist the Lover in His Enterprises

Part Two: Amorous Advances

1. Stimulation of Erotic Desire

2. Embraces

3. Petting and Caresses

4. The Art of Scratching

5. Biting

6. On Copulation and Special Tastes

7. Blows and Sighs

8. Virile Behavior in Women

9. Superior Coition or Fellation

10. Preludes and Conclusions to the Game of Love

Part Three: Acquiring a Wife

1. Forms of Marriage

2. How to Relax the Girl

3. Ways of Obtaining the Girl

4. How to Manage Alone

5. Union by Marriage

Part Four: Duties and Privileges of the Wife

1. Conduct of the Only Wife

2. Conduct of the Chief Wife and Other Wives

Part Five: Other Men's Wives

1. Behavior of Woman and Man

2. Encounters to Get Acquainted

3. Examination of Sentiments

4. The Task of the Go-between

5. The King's Pleasures

6. Behavior in the Gynoecium

Part Six: About Courtesans

1. Advice of the Assistants on the Choice of Lovers

2. Looking for a Steady Lover

3. Ways of Making Money

4. Renewing Friendship with a Former Lover

5. Occasional Profits

6. Profits and Losses: Reflections on Doubts Concerning the 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Relations

Part Seven: Occult Practices

1. Success in Love

2. Arousing a Weakened Sexual Power

Appendices

1. Texts Quoted

2. Mythical and Historical Characters and Authors Mentioned in the Text

3. Works Consulted

4. Glossary I: Plants, Herbs, Spices, and Sundry Products

5. Glossary II: Special Terms

Index

About the Translator 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892815258
Translator:
Danielou, Alain
Translator:
Danielou, Alain
Translator:
Danielou, Alain
Translator:
Daniilou, Alain
Author:
Vatsyayana, Mallanaga
Author:
Danilou, Alain
Author:
Danielou, Alain
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Location:
Rochester, Vt.
Subject:
Sexuality - Manuals
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Love
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Sexual Instruction
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
HEALTH AND HEALING;HINDUISM;INDIGENOUS CULTURES;INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS/NEW AGE;MEN & WOMEN STUDIES;NEW AGE/SPIRITUALITY;NEW CONSCIOUSNESS;PAGANISM/NEW AGE;PERSONAL GROWTH/SELF-HELP;RELATIONSHIPS/SEXUALITY;BOOKS;RELIGION/PSYCHEDELICS;SELF-TRANSFORMATION
Subject:
HEALTH AND HEALING;HINDUISM;INDIGENOUS CULTURES;INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS/NEW AGE;MEN & WOMEN STUDIES;NEW AGE/SPIRITUALITY;NEW CONSCIOUSNESS;PAGANISM/NEW AGE;PERSONAL GROWTH/SELF-HELP;RELATIONSHIPS/SEXUALITY;BOOKS;RELIGION/PSYCHEDELICS;SELF-TRANSFORMATION
Subject:
HEALTH AND HEALING;HINDUISM;INDIGENOUS CULTURES;INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS/NEW AGE;MEN & WOMEN STUDIES;NEW AGE/SPIRITUALITY;NEW CONSCIOUSNESS;PAGANISM/NEW AGE;PERSONAL GROWTH/SELF-HELP;RELATIONSHIPS/SEXUALITY;BOOKS;RELIGION/PSYCHEDELICS;SELF-TRANSFORMATION
Subject:
HEALTH AND HEALING;HINDUISM;INDIGENOUS CULTURES;INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS/NEW AGE;MEN & WOMEN STUDIES;NEW AGE/SPIRITUALITY;NEW CONSCIOUSNESS;PAGANISM/NEW AGE;PERSONAL GROWTH/SELF-HELP;RELATIONSHIPS/SEXUALITY;BOOKS;RELIGION/PSYCHEDELICS;SELF-TRANSFORMATION AND
Subject:
HEALTH AND HEALING;HINDUISM;INDIGENOUS CULTURES;INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS/NEW AGE;MEN & WOMEN STUDIES;NEW AGE/SPIRITUALITY;NEW CONSCIOUSNESS;PAGANISM/NEW AGE;PERSONAL GROWTH/SELF-HELP;RELATIONSHIPS/SEXUALITY;BOOKS;RELIGION/PSYCHEDELICS;SELF-TRANSFORMATION AND
Subject:
HEALTH AND HEALING;HINDUISM;INDIGENOUS CULTURES;INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS/NEW AGE;MEN & WOMEN STUDIES;NEW AGE/SPIRITUALITY;NEW CONSCIOUSNESS;PAGANISM/NEW AGE;PERSONAL GROWTH/SELF-HELP;RELATIONSHIPS/SEXUALITY;BOOKS;RELIGION/PSYCHEDELICS;SELF-TRANSFORMATION AND
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Abridged:
Y
Series Volume:
RMRS-P-16
Publication Date:
19931231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in 23.8 oz

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Product details 576 pages Inner Traditions International - English 9780892815258 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The oldest and most widely read guide to the pleasures of sexuality, the Kama Sutradeals with all aspects of sexual life, and was compiled from texts dating to the fourth century B.C. In contrast to the only previously available version, Alain Danielou's new translation preserves the full explicitness of the original.
"Synopsis" by , This definitive volume is the first modern translation of Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra to include two essential commentaries: the Jayamangala of Yashodhara and the modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Alain Danilou spent four years comparing versions of the Kama Sutra in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, and English, drawing on his intimate experience of India, to preserve the full explicitness of the original. I wanted to demystify India, he writes, to show that a period of great civilization, of high culture, is forcibly a period of great liberty."
"Synopsis" by , This edition of the definitive modern translation of Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra is the first to include two essential commentaries--the Jayamangala of Yashodhara and the modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Danielou spent four years comparing versions of the Kama Sutra, drawing on his intimate experience of India to preserve the full explicitness of the original.
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