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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

or who is betrothed to another, should not be married. The following 

also should be avoided: 

 

One who is kept concealed. 

One who has an ill-sounding name. 

One who has her nose depressed. 

One who has her nostril turned up. 

One who is formed like a male. 

One who is bent down. 

One who has crooked thighs. 

One who has a projecting forehead. 

One who has a bald head. 

One who does not like purity. 

One who has been polluted by another. 

One who is afflicted with the Gulma.[46] 

One who is disfigured in any way. 

One who has fully arrived at puberty. 

One who is a friend. 

One who is a younger sister. 

One who is a Varshakari.[47] 

 

In the same way a girl who is called by the name of one of the 

twenty-seven stars, or by the name of a tree, or of a river, is 

considered worthless, as also a girl whose name ends in "r" or "l." But 

some authors say that prosperity is gained only by marrying that girl to 

whom one becomes attached, and that therefore no other girl but the one 

who is loved should be married by anyone. 

 

When a girl becomes marriageable her parents should dress her smartly, 

and should place her where she can be easily seen by all. Every 

afternoon, having dressed her and decorated her in a becoming manner, 

they should send her with her female companions to sports, sacrifices, 

and marriage ceremonies, and thus show her to advantage in society, 

because she is a kind of merchandise. They should also receive with kind 

words and signs of friendliness those of an auspicious appearance who 

may come accompanied by their friends and relations for the purpose of 

marrying their daughter, and under some pretext or other having first 

dressed her becomingly, should then present her to them. After this they 

should await the pleasure of fortune, and with this object should 

appoint a future day on which a determination could be come to with 

regard to their daughter's marriage. On this occasion when the persons 

have come, the parents of the girl should ask them to bathe and dine, 

and should say, "Everything will take place at the proper time," and 

should not then comply with the request, but should settle the matter 

later. 

 

When a girl is thus acquired, either according to the custom of the 

country, or according to his own desire, the man should marry her in 

accordance with the precepts of the Holy Writ, according to one of the 

four kinds of marriage. 

 


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