Mallanaga Vatsyayana Kama Sutra Illustrated

ISBN 13: 9789380936796

Kama Sutra Illustrated

 
9789380936796: Kama Sutra Illustrated

The Illustrated Kama Sutra Original text by Mallanaga Vatsyayana Translated in English by Sir Richard Burton & F. F. Arbuthnot. Edited by Vipul Jain The erotic sentiments described in the Hindu love classic the Kama Sutra constitutes the most famous work on sex ever created. Written almost 2000 years ago the Kama Sutra deals with all aspects of sexual life including the principles and techniques of sexual pleasure and how to best achieve ecstatic expression of life's beauty. In this illustrated guide Vipul Jain accompanies the Kama Sutra text with 85 illustrations and great works of art that encompass cloth paintings frescoes. Gathered from museums and private collections around the world--as well as the author's own collection of over 300000 photographs--these rare images clearly illustrate all 64 sexual positions and the erotic instructions set forth in the Kama Sutra. The result is a dazzling and sensuous reading experience through which the teachings of the Kama Sutra spring to life. Hardback | 15.0cm x 14.6cm | 64 pp

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SEXUALITY

Completely illustrated for the first time, the Hindu love classic the Kama Sutra continues the most famous work on sex ever created. Written almost 2,000 years ago, the Kama Sutra deals with all aspects of sexual life, including the principles and techniques of sexual pleasure and how to best achieve ecstatic union.

In this complete and illustrated guide Lance Dane accompanies the Kama Sutra text with 250 illustrations and great works of art from coins, palm leaf manuscripts, sculptures, ancient toys, jewelry, architecture, ivory combs, birch bark, cloth, paintings, frescoes, and scrolls. Gathered from museums and private collections around the world--as well the author's own collection of over 300,000 photographs--these rare images clearly illustrate all 64 sexual positions and the erotic instructions set forth in the Kama Sutra. The result is a dazzling and sensuous reading experience through which the teachings of the Kama Sutra spring to life.

LANCE DANE is a writer, photographer, renowned scholar, and the founder of the Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art in Delhi. He has dedicated over five decades to researching and archiving all aspects of the Kama Sutra and other pre-Vedic and Vedic classical erotica. His private collections of over 9,000 books on Indian art and architecture and his 300,000 archival photographs are housed in the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi. He lives in India.

About the Author:

Vatsyayana is the name of a Hindu philosopher in the Vedic tradition who is believed to have lived during time of the Gupta Empire (4th to 6th centuries AD) in India. Hardly anything is known about him. At the close of the Kama Sutra this is what he writes about himself, "After reading and considering the works of Babhravya and other ancient authors, and thinking over the meaning of the rules given by them, this treatise was composed, according to the precepts of the Holy Writ, for the benefit of the world, by Vatsyayana, while leading the life of a religious student at Benares, and wholly engaged in the contemplation of the Deity. This work is not to be used merely as an instrument for satisfying our desires. A person acquainted with the true principles of this science, who preserves his Dharma (virtue or religious merit), his Artha (worldly wealth) and his Kama (pleasure or sensual gratification), and who has regard to the customs of the people, is sure to obtain the mastery over his senses. In short, an intelligent and knowing person attending to Dharma and Artha and also to Kama, without becoming the slave of his passions, will obtain success in everything that he may do."

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