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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

may be fairly considered that the courtesan was one of the elements, and 

an important element too, of early Hindoo society, and that her 

education and intellect were both superior to that of the women of the 

household. Wilson says, "By the Vesya or courtesan, however, we are not 

to understand a female who has disregarded the obligation of law or the 

precepts of virtue, but a character reared by a state of manners 

unfriendly to the admission of wedded females into society, and opening 

it only at the expense of reputation to women who were trained for 

association with men by personal and mental acquirements to which the 

matron was a stranger."] 

 

[Footnote 26: According to this description a Pithamarda would be a sort 

of professor of all the arts, and as such received as the friend and 

confidant of the citizens.] 

 

[Footnote 27: A seat in the form of the letter T.] 

 

[Footnote 28: The Vita is supposed to represent somewhat the character 

of the Parasite of the Greek comedy. It is possible that he was retained 

about the person of the wealthy and dissipated as a kind of private 

instructor, as well as an entertaining companion.] 

 

[Footnote 29: Vidushaka is evidently the buffoon and jester. Wilson says 

of him that he is the humble companion, not the servant, of a prince or 

man of rank, and it is a curious peculiarity that he is always a 

Brahman. He bears more affinity to Sancho Panza, perhaps, than any other 

character in western fiction, imitating him in his combination of 

shrewdness and simplicity, his fondness of good living and his love of 

ease. In the dramas of intrigue he exhibits some of the talents of 

Mercury, but with less activity and ingenuity, and occasionally suffers 

by his interference. According to the technical definition of his 

attributes he is to excite mirth by being ridiculous in person, age, and 

attire.] 

 

[Footnote 30: This means, it is presumed, that the citizen should be 

acquainted with several languages. The middle part of this paragraph 

might apply to the Nihilists and Fenians of the day, or to secret 

societies. It was perhaps a reference to the Thugs.] 

 

CHAPTER V. 

 

ABOUT THE KINDS OF WOMEN RESORTED TO BY THE CITIZENS, AND OF FRIENDS AND 

MESSENGERS. 

 

 

When Kama is practised by men of the four castes according to the rules 

of the Holy Writ (_i.e._, by lawful marriage) with virgins of their own 

caste, it then becomes a means of acquiring lawful progeny and good 

fame, and it is not also opposed to the customs of the world. On the 


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