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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

 

PART VI. 

 

ABOUT COURTESANS. 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. 

 

 

This Part VI., about courtesans, was prepared by Vatsyayana, from a 

treatise on the subject, that was written by Dattaka, for the women of 

Pataliputra (the modern Patna), some two thousand years ago. Dattaka's 

work does not appear to be extant now, but this abridgement of it is 

very clever, and quite equal to any of the productions of Emile Zola, 

and other writers of the realistic school of to-day. 

 

Although a great deal has been written on the subject of the courtesan, 

nowhere will be found a better description of her, of her belongings, of 

her ideas, and of the working of her mind, than is contained in the 

following pages. 

 

The details of the domestic and social life of the early Hindoos would 

not be complete without mention of the courtesan, and Part VI. is 

entirely devoted to this subject. The Hindoos have ever had the good 

sense to recognise courtesans as a part and portion of human society, 

and so long as they behaved themselves with decency and propriety, they 

were regarded with a certain respect. Anyhow, they have never been 

treated in the East with that brutality and contempt so common in the 

West, while their education has always been of a superior kind to that 

bestowed upon the rest of womankind in Oriental countries. 

 

In the earlier days the well-educated Hindoo dancing girl and courtesan 

doubtless resembled the Hetera of the Greeks, and being educated and 

amusing, were far more acceptable as companions than the generality of 

the married or unmarried women of that period. At all times and in all 

countries, there has ever been a little rivalry between the chaste and 

the unchaste. But while some women are born courtesans, and follow the 

instincts of their nature in every class of society, it has been truly 

said by some authors that every woman has got an inkling of the 

profession in her nature, and does her best, as a general rule, to make 

herself agreeable to the male sex. 

 

The subtlety of women, their wonderful perceptive powers, their 

knowledge, and their intuitive appreciation of men and things, are all 

shown in the following pages, which may be looked upon as a concentrated 

essence that has been since worked up into detail by many writers in 

every quarter of the globe. 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER I. 

 

OF THE CAUSES OF A COURTESAN RESORTING TO MEN; OF THE MEANS OF ATTACHING 

TO HERSELF THE MAN DESIRED; AND OF THE KIND OF MAN THAT IT IS DESIRABLE 

TO BE ACQUAINTED WITH. 


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