kamasutra
The ancient wisdom of sexual union.

Translated by:  Sir Richard Burton

 

 

 

TRANSLATOR'S NOTES

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction

     

PART I:  INTRODUCTORY

  1. Preface
  2. Observations on the three worldly attainments of Virtue, Wealth, and Love
  3. On the study of the Sixty-four Arts
  4. On the Arrangements of a House, and Household Furniture; and about the Daily Life of a Citizen, his Companions, Amusements, etc.
  5. About classes of Women fit and unfit for Congress with the Citizen, and of Friends, and Messengers

     

PART II:  ON SEXUAL UNION

  1. Kinds of Union according to Dimensions, Force of Desire, and Time; and on the different kinds of Love
  2. Of the Embrace
  3. On Kissing
  4. On Pressing or Marking with the Nails
  5. On Biting, and the ways of Love to be employed with regard to Women of different countries
  6. On the various ways of Lying down, and the different kinds of Congress
  7. On the various ways of Striking, and of the Sounds appropriate to them
  8. About females acting the part of Males
  9. On holding the Lingam in the Mouth
  10. How to begin and how to end the Congress. Different kinds of Congress, and Love Quarrels

     

PART III:  ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE

  1. Observations on Betrothal and Marriage
  2. About creating Confidence in the Girl
  3. Courtship, and the manifestation of the feelings by outward signs and deeds
  4. On things to be done only by the Man, and the acquisition of the Girl thereby. Also what is to be done by a Girl to gain over a Man and subject him to her
  5. On the different Forms of Marriage

     

PART IV:  ABOUT A WIFE

  1. On the manner of living of a virtuous Woman, and of her behaviour during the absence of her Husband
  2. On the conduct of the eldest Wife towards the other Wives of her Husband, and of the younger Wife towards the elder ones. Also on the conduct of a Virgin Widow remarried; of a Wife disliked by her Husband; of the Women in the King's Harem; and of a Husband who has more than one Wife

     

PART V:  ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE

  1. On the Characteristics of Men and Women, and the reason why Women reject the Addresses of Men. About Men who have Success with Women, and about Women who are easily gained over
  2. About making Acquaintance with the Woman, and of the efforts to gain her over
  3. Examination of the State of a Woman's mind
  4. The Business of a Go-Between
  5. On the Love of Persons in authority with the Wives of other People
  6. About the Women of the Royal Harem, and of the keeping of one's own Wife

     

PART VI:  ABOUT COURTESANS

     Introductory Remarks

  1. Of the Causes of a Courtesan resorting to Men; of the means of Attaching to herself the Man desired, and the kind of Man that it is desirable to be acquainted with
  2. Of a Courtesan living with a Man as his Wife
  3. Of the Means of getting Money; of the Signs of a Lover who is beginning to be Weary, and of the way to get rid of him
  4. About a Reunion with a former Lover
  5. Of different kinds of Gain
  6. Of Gains and Losses, attendant Gains and Losses, and Doubts; and lastly, the different kinds of Courtesans

     

PART VII:  ON THE MEANS OF ATTRACTING OTHERS TO ONE'S SELF

  1. On Personal Adornment, subjugating the hearts of others, and of tonic medicines
  2. Of the means of exciting Desire, and of the ways of enlarging the Lingam. Miscellaneous Experiments and Receipts
    Concluding Remarks

 

APPENDIX A:  KAMA SUTRA SEX POSITIONS

  1. Six Classes of Positions (Lying Down, Sitting, Rear-Entry, Standing, Oral Pleasures and Role-Reversal) with variations
     


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