Translator: Ludo Rocher  Across human cultures, states Michel Foucault, "the truth of sex" has been produced and shared by two processes. One method has been ars erotica texts, while the other has been the scientia sexualis literature. The first are typically of the hidden variety and shared by one person to another, between friends or from a master to a student, focusing on the emotions and experience, sans physiology. These bury many of the truths about sex and human sexual nature. It discusses, in its distilled form, the physiology, the emotions and the experience while citing and quoting prior Sanskrit scholarship on the nature of kama. Doniger describes them as a "kind of atomic string thread of meanings", which are so cryptic that any translation is more like deciphering and filling in the text.
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Relationships between men and women. What they should be? Myths of the Kamasutra The main misapprehensions, which a modern human may have concerning the sense and content of the Kamasutra, are based on the initial impression experienced by the Europeans and provoked by a translation of the book in the end of XIX century. This book is about sexual pleasure the compendium of sex positions. The rest tells us about a deliberate and general investigation of genders in their mere diversity.
The Kamasutra contains pictures. It should be noted, that the book contains almost none of the original illustrations. Everything, that a single publication may propose, is just a simple fake. Those images appeared in the book on their way to Europe. Frequently, instead of illustrations, a reader sees some samples of the Mongolian pictorial art. You can read more about the features that caused such a delusion here.
It is the only book dedicated to the art of love of that time. In deed and not in name, as we have already mentioned, the Kamasutra represents not an original piece of work, but a compilation and revision of previously existing texts written by other authors on the topic.
It is evident through the repeated references in the text of the Kama Sutra made to the various authors, in particular, Shatavahana and many others. A while later, some of not less important, but lesser known works were made. The Kamasutra and the contents of the book The Kamasutra comprises of 7 parts, each of which, in its turn, is divided into several chapters.
In overall, the book includes 36 chapters: Part 1: Introductory — represents an introduction, where are given general meanings of what love and closeness is, what does love mean either for a woman and a man, with further classification of women and men and their genitals. Part 2: On Sexual Union — This chapter examines different types of kisses and preludes. In addition, the chapter describes a number of the Kama Sutra sex positions and the influence made by them according to the deepness of an orgasm felt by either a woman or a man.
Part 3: About the Acquisition of a Wife — here a man is provided with some pieces of advice aimed to the most effective searching for his future wife. Moreover, a reader is supplied with several important facts about courting a woman and how to set up a wedding. Part 4: About a Wife — This chapter is dedicated to the women, and specifically, how they should behave being a wife.
Part 6: About Courtesans — This chapter is devoted to prostitutes and their profession. For a more detailed overview, please, see the whole text of the Kamasutra book. Who and when have created the Kamasutra? The Kamasutra was written in Sanskrit by the philosopher and scientist of ancient India Vatsyayana Mallanaga.
However, despite the fact, it will be incorrectly to name him the author as he performed in the role of compiler of the knowledge which had been collected earlier. In other words, this book is nothing else but a finished and correctly compiled collection of previous works. However, it is doubtless that in the book we can find definitely distinctive approach of the author, his style and manner of writing.
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