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Introduction
The Feminine Mind-1
The War Between the Sexes-2.1
The War Between the Sexes-2.2
The War Between the Sexes-2.3
Marriage-3.1
Marriage-3.2
Marriage-3.3
Marriage-3.4
Woman Suffrage-4.1
Woman Suffrage-4.2
Woman Suffrage-4.3
Woman Suffrage-4.4
The New Age-5.1
The New Age-5.2
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana. INTRODUCTION
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-1-2
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-1-2
OF SEXUAL UNION-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-6-7-8
OF SEXUAL UNION-10-11
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-3-4-5
ABOUT A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-3-4
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-5-6
ABOUT COURTESANS-1-2
ABOUT COURTESANS-3-4
ABOUT COURTESANS-5-6
ABOUT THE MEANS OF ATTRACTING OTHERS TO YOURSELF-1-2
CONCLUDING REMARKS

flowers, pots containing collyrium and other fragrant substances, things 

used for perfuming the mouth, and the bark of the common citron tree. 

Near the couch, on the ground, there should be a pot for spitting, a box 

containing ornaments, and also a lute hanging from a peg made of the 

tooth of an elephant, a board for drawing, a pot containing perfume, 

some books, and some garlands of the yellow amaranth flowers. Not far 

from the couch, and on the ground, there should be a round seat, a toy 

cart, and a board for playing with dice; outside the outer room 

there should be cages of birds,[16] and a separate place for spinning, 

carving, and such like diversions. In the garden there should be a 

whirling swing and a common swing, as also a bower of creepers covered 

with flowers, in which a raised parterre should be made for sitting. 

 

Now the householder having got up in the morning and performed his 

necessary duties,[17] should wash his teeth, apply a limited quantity of 

ointments and perfumes to his body, put some ornaments on his person and 

collyrium on his eyelids and below his eyes, colour his lips with 

alacktaka,[18] and look at himself in the glass. Having then eaten betel 

leaves, with other things that give fragrance to the mouth, he should 

perform his usual business. He should bathe daily, anoint his body with 

oil every other day, apply a lathering[19] substance to his body every 

three days, get his head (including face) shaved every four days, and 

the other parts of his body every five or ten days.[20] All these things 

should be done without fail, and the sweat of the armpits should also be 

removed. Meals should be taken in the forenoon, in the afternoon, and 

again at night, according to Charayana. After breakfast, parrots and 

other birds should be taught to speak, and the fighting of cocks, 

quails, and rams should follow. A limited time should be devoted to 

diversions with Pithamardas, Vitas, and Vidushakas,[21] and then should 

be taken the midday sleep.[22] After this the householder, having put on 

his clothes and ornaments, should, during the afternoon, converse with 

his friends. In the evening there should be singing, and after that the 

householder, along with his friend, should await in his room, previously 

decorated and perfumed, the arrival of the woman that may be attached to 

him, or he may send a female messenger for her, or go for her himself. 

After her arrival at his house, he and his friend should welcome her, 


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