Kama Sutra: An Intimate Photographic Guide to the Arts of Love
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Kama Sutra: An Intimate Photographic Guide to the Arts of Love (Κάμα-Σούτρα Το εγχειρίδιο του έρωτα #2)

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This beautifully produced edition is an abridged and annotated version of Vatsyayana's classic work, illustrated with over 150 stunning full color photographs.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 17th 1995 by Thorsons Publishers (first published -400)
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Cindy
"Get a bigger flute!" "Increase ur Size! 6" "Don’t walk with tail between your legs." "V|agr.a, C|a.li5, and Phen.term.|ne CHeep!!"

Was the Kama Sutra the original idea for spam email?

"Take pomegranate and cucumber seeds, extract the juice of elabāluka (eluva, Gisekia pharmaceoides) and bhatakataiyā (Solanum indicum, eggplant). Cook in oil over a low heat. Use it to massage the penis. It will remain swollen for six months."
...It didn't sound so bad until I got to the last line...

"Ram's or he-goat...more
Nathan
Arguably the hottest non-fiction book I've ever read - the translator has done a fantastic job of not only providing a translation of the original text, but also including translations of the commentaries by ancient Hindu authorities.

The book is less pornographic than you would think - I have seen countless "reproductions" that merely involve couples photographed in the positions. These detract from the content of the original, as does the reputation that proceeds this book.

This actually is more...more
James
before biff and chip, before the alphabet books, this is the first book i ever read. i remember well being read this book as i nodded off to sleep, and the pleasant dreams that would follow. as a
four year old this book meant a lot to me, it completely shaped my views on literature and what a book meant to people. at age 8 i killed a man. that has nothing to do with this book, just thought i'd mention it. anyway, without this book i would never have got that job as a basketball player for the det...more
Allen
Coming from a strong background in philosophy and the Classics, I found this book to be an invigorating read.

In general, nobody has any idea what Kama Sutra means, what the books is or what the author intended it to be. Simply put, dispel yourself of any preconceived notions before you read even the first paragraph of this opus or my review.

I was consistently intrigued by the exotic perspective and expansive scope of the Kama Sutra. In a sentence, the book is an exposition of the author's perso...more
Erik Graff
May 28, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gupta culture fans
Recommended to Erik by: parents
Like most children, my brother and I knew where everything was in our house, paying particular attention to the things we weren't supposed to know about. This book was contained in a shoebox in the closet of my parent's bedroom.

The Kama Sutra is commonly mismarketed as a sex guide or as pornography. Although courtesans are mentioned, it is not about the sex trade but includes discussion of marriage, adultery, transvestism, homosexuality etc. Most memorable from the childhood perusal of it is the...more
Scarlett
admittedly i did not read cover to cover, but i read enough to get a good sense. i was surprised to discover that much of it read like emily post's book of etiquette but for subjects such as kissing, scratching and biting (as in love play), how to behave toward the first wife if you are the second wife, personal adornment, and lying with courtesans.
Scott
I've always wondered about this book after I heard about it in my history class in 8th grade. When I was downloading things on ibook I saw this and I felt myself enough of an adult to finally read it without being embarrassed.

It was a historical guide to relations with the opposite sex in all different castes in India. So this included the beggar all the way to royalty. To be honest much of it was tiresome and repetitive, but then every once in awhile you would stumble on something interesting l...more
K.D. Absolutely
This is a funny book! Since the book was written in the ancient India, many of the non-sexual instructions like courtship, concubines, courtesan, prostitutes, are just passe and ridiculous!

However, the sexual parts (which is just 1 out of 7 parts of the book)are still thought provoking and could still bewilder one's imaginations! This being an instruction book and an undeniably an indespensable part of classic literature is nothing but a must read piece of work of art.

Thanks again Tata J for le...more
Cory Gimmestad
I read the complete original text and I found it interesting in the fact that the content wasn't what I thought it would be. Most of the reading is outdated in the sense that it was written for the culture of that time. For example, I skipped the chapters about how to acquire a wife and what should be included in a dowry. I learned more about Chinese history and culture than anything else.
Kim
Come on who hasn't at some point in their life picked this up and flicked through it. Turned it upside down, trying to figure out just what is going on. Honestly if you need a guide for this stuff you're not thinking hard enough.
Theresia monica danis rahayu
not just sex n make love, guyzz!!..
Johanna
The Kama Sutra handles subjects of marriage, hetero- and homosexuality, monogami and polygami alike, how to steal a woman from another man – as well as the life of courtesans, and last mot not least, how to attract a woman by extra ”medicines”.

It handles things quite ”scientifically” and is in no way erotic. In fact, only one out of seven parts discusses ”Sexual Union” while the rest focuses on more cultural issues and etiquette. Most of which are clearly outdated, but hence I have a great gener...more
Helen Wagner
To be honest I feel a little ridiculous rating a book which belongs to an era and culture so removed from my own. I don't feel that any person born in the west in the twenty first century can truly grasp much of the Kama Sutra beyond its basic meaning, and we certainly cannot fathom its cultural significance in its own day and age.
That being said, the Kama Sutra has probably always been a hard book for any woman to appreciate- it is overtly sexist and makes multiple claims about women being prim...more
Amanda Spacaj-Gorham
Great book on society and culture and sex...in that order. Not even 100 pages are explicitly dedicated to intercourse. More of the book is talking about what is acceptable in various cultures at that time.

This ancient survey of customs and relationships that were contemporary at the time the pieces were written (it is a compilation of works from various authors) offers unique insight, going beyond the popular conception of the book. It is interesting on many levels. If someone is just looking f...more
Charles
The Kama Sutra is a very interesting book, and gives a very interesting view on ancient Indian Culture. However, I can not see it as this "Ultimate sex guide" people seem to give it credit for. the Majority of the book is about how to interact with people in ancient Hindu society, and of course it's Sexual advice is truly dated. Read it if you want to read a truly classic piece of literature and gain a higher understanding of how Ancient Hindu and Indian Culture works. However, if you are going...more
Ola
You won’t find any picture there ;) Book describes social norms, custom behaviors related to sexual life, relationships between men and women. For us, living in Europe, in modern times, it’s rather a source of knowledge of different culture, or a comic book, not guidebook telling us how to live. I’m not a big fan of kidnapping women that don’t want to have a sexual relationship with a man or of a thought that my spouse will have few other wives and even more courtesans. In a very detailed way au...more
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I would reveal that this book have been one of the amazing historical pieces I've ever read. with some nice explanations and pictures, it turns everything very simple. I have this book in an electronic format. In english, and with the same characteristics above.

General Overview:
The Kama Sutra, or the art of love, is one of the historical treasure that come from Indian culture long time ago. It takes love as a main subject to accomplish a psychological sensibility between the two lov...more
Emy Jabran
بصراحة لا اجد اي تعليق مناسب للكتاب.. حاولت قرائته فقط لانه كتاب قديم يعود لاكثر من 2000 سنة يحمل الحياة الاجتماعية للهنود وطريقة عيشهم لكن خاب ظني عند قرائته اعتبره من اسوء الكتب التي اضعت وقتي فيها.. الكتاب غير اخلاقي بالمرة ومستفز في اغلب فصوله.. فيه باب كامل لاساليب احتيال النديمات على الرجال لسلب ثروثهم والتخلص منهم بعد ذلك, وطرق اجتذاب المراة المتزوجة! والاكثر استفزازا قيام زوجة الرجل بجذب النساء اللواتي اعجبن زوجها وتسهيل امر لقائهن به!! كما يتضمن وصفات من السحر لجذب الاخرين او لنفور الرج...more
Soo
The Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana is a great book that gives a detailed description on several aspects on sex, love and marriage in Sanskriti culture. There's a lot of cultural information in this collection of tales and advice that is really interesting and rather surprising. These examples are made using the highest ideal/potential one can work towards. It's not the general standard that was actually lived by but the standards a person was meant to aim for.

I would use this book as a part of sexual...more
Talyn
I didn't know what I was getting into reading this. Very, very... er, well thought out and .. ah, specific. Those Indians really took care to make sure everyone who picked up this guide would pleasure her man or his lady (or his man or her lady) in bed with the skills of a master.

Everything from sexual positions to foreplay to erogenous zones to "match-ups" of the penis and vagina (some are "shallow" and some are "deep", I should say... .__. ) and all this other stuff you need to know.

This book...more
Stephan Frank
My (wild?) guess is that probably less than 1% of the people who have heard of the book have actually taken a look at it. And of this already small minority, I do not think that more than again about 1% have read it completely. A shame, because it is an interesting treatise rather on being a well-rounded man in almost all social circumstances, and has much more recommendations than the ones usually highlighted in popularisations of the ancient classic. A bit tedious at parts, hence I cannot give...more
Britt☮
I read this book in college for a cross-cultural study.

Do people just talk about this book like they know what it's about when they haven't actually read it, or did I somehow read a different version than everyone else? Vatsyayana's aim is to provide a complete picture of relationships between the sexes. Yes, that includes sexual practices. But it also includes rituals, gender roles, social status, love and marriage.

This book is not a sex guide, but rather a fascinating look into Indian society...more
Dilhani Heemba
Che dire... tutti parlano del kamasutra e nessuno lo ha mai letto...
nicebutnubbly
This is a gorgeous book, and some of the pop-ups are quite lovely and even ingeniously constructed. However, it's not the full Kama Sutra, I don't think - it appears to be heavily abridged (my back is out so I can't go get it and check, but I seem to remember missing a few of my favorite bits). Still, it's an excellent addition to my "weird porn" collection.
Cody
I just wanted to see what this was about, basically. I'd never had a solid grasp of what the Kama Sutra was. This text was really one of the more academic ones, no pictures and all the references, while straightforward, are couched in the metaphorical language of the translation. Still, this had a lot of interesting things to offer.
Betsy
Sep 14, 2007 Betsy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my boyfriend
Wowza! There's some good stuff in here! I recommend reading a copy of this book with pictures. I also recommend practicing the moves on a pillow or stuffed animal before actually executing them on another person. This book is an easy read. I practially devoured it from cover to cover in a day!
Stephanie Syphax
The translation is absolutely flawless. Not only does it provide the original Sutras, but the reader is also provided with descriptions and advice from other parties. It's not just a book to give to your friend at her bachelorette party. It's a fabulous and educational read.
Nicholas Carpathia
This book has nothing to do with being practical! It's almost as if someone decided to re-write the original gatherings of texts and added in 80% fiction into the mix.
Also no illustrations for the wild and impossible feats...
Almost as if it were put together by a virgin.
Tess McCarthy
I've had this particular translation on my bookshelf for a while: it's gone with me to Colorado and come back with me to San Francisco. However, there is a lot of notes to the translations in this text that make it seem scattered.

Chris Gager
I can't believe it took me so long to remember this one. Didn't everyone in the 50's & 60's read this? I mainly remember the part about how to enlarge the ole lingum. No idea what edition I had and the date read is a guess.
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Vātsyāyana is the name of a Hindu philosopher in the Vedic tradition who is believed to have lived around 3rd century CE in India. His name appears as the author of the Kama Sutra and of Nyāya Sutra Bhāshya, the first commentary on Gotama's Nyāya Sutras.

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“So long as lips shall kiss,and eyes shall see,so long lives this ,and this gives life to thee.” 3 likes
“L’homme doit étudier les Kama Sutra et les arts et sciences qui s’y rattachent, concurremment avec les arts et sciences relatifs à Dharma et Artha. Les jeunes filles doivent aussi étudier les Kama Sutra, ainsi que les arts et sciences accessoires, avant leur mariage, puis continuer cette étude avec le consentement de leurs maris. Ici des savants interviennent, disant que les femmes, auxquelles il est interdit d’étudier aucune science, ne doivent pas étudier les Kama Sutra.” 1 likes
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