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Kama Sutra: A Guide to the Art of Pleasure

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Best known in English through the highly mannered, padded, and inaccurate nineteenth-century translation of Sir Richard Burton, the text is presented here in an entirely new translation into clear, vivid, sexually frankEnglish, together with three commentaries: translated excerpts from the earliest and most famous Sanskrit commentary (13th century) and from a twentieth-century Hindi commentary, and explanatory notes by the two translators. Similarly, while the original Kamasutra acknowledges that "women have strong privileges", Burton erased these passages and thus eroded women's agency in ancient India in the typical Orientialist manner that dehumanized the Indian culture. This is confirmed by other 1st-millennium CE Hindu texts on kama that mention and cite the Kamasutra, but some of these quotations credited to the Kamasutra by these historic authors "are not to be found in the text of the Kamasutra" that have survived. Through its discussion on erotic love, the book manages to highlight the social customs and individual habits of ancient India. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The 3rd-century text includes a number of themes, including subjects such as flirting that resonate in the modern era context, states a New York Times review. In childhood, Vātsyāyana says, a person should learn how to make a living; youth is the time for pleasure, and as years pass, one should concentrate on living virtuously and hope to escape the cycle of rebirth. Yet, states Doniger, it became soon after its publication in 1883, "one of the most pirated books in the English language", widely copied, reprinted and republished sometimes without Richard Burton's name. According to Jyoti Puri, it is considered among the best-known scholarly English-language translations of the Kamasutra in post-independent India. According to Doniger, "even this cryptic text [ Kamasutra] is not infinitely elastic" and such creative reinterpretations do not reflect the text.The male-female union is portrayed in all its splendor through the use of Indian miniatures and Khajuraho sculptures. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

Principles of Love') is an ancient Indian [1] [2] Sanskrit text on sexuality, eroticism and emotional fulfillment in life. Transform your love-making into erotic ecstasy with this book that unlocks the secrets of the Kama Sutra – the most ancient, renowned and explicit guide to sexual pleasure.Describes a book or dust jacket that does show some signs of wear on either the binding, dust jacket or pages. Condensing a text into a sutra-genre religious text form makes it easier to remember and transmit, but it also introduces ambiguity and the need to understand the context of each chapter, its philological roots, as well as the prior literature, states Doniger.

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