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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

 

Having a white dress to wear every day; getting sufficient food and 

drink to satisfy hunger and thirst; eating daily a perfumed Tambula, 

_i.e._, a mixture of betel nut and betel leaves; and wearing ornaments 

gilt with gold. The Sages say that these represent the gains of all the 

middle and lower classes of courtesans, but Vatsyayana is of opinion 

that their gains cannot be calculated, or fixed in any way, as these 

depend on the influence of the place, the customs of the people, their 

own appearance, and many other things. 

 

When a courtesan wants to keep some particular man from some other 

woman; or wants to get him away from some woman to whom he may be 

attached; or to deprive some woman of the gains realized by her from 

him; or if she thinks that she would raise her position; or enjoy some 

great good fortune; or become desirable to all men by uniting herself 

with this man; or if she wishes to get his assistance in averting some 

misfortune; or is really attached to him and loves him; or wishes to 

injure somebody through his means; or has regard to some former favour 

conferred upon her by him; or wishes to be united with him merely from 

desire; or any of the above reasons, she should agree to take from him 

only a small sum of money in a friendly way. 

 

When a courtesan intends to abandon a particular lover, and take up with 

another one; or when she has reason to believe that her lover will 

shortly leave her, and return to his wives; or that having squandered 

all his money, and became penniless, his guardian, or master, or father 

would come and take him away; or that her lover is about to lose his 

position, or lastly, that he is of a very fickle mind, she should, under 

any of these circumstances, endeavour to get as much money as she can 

from him as soon as possible. 

 

On the other hand, when the courtesan thinks that her lover is about to 

receive valuable presents; or get a place of authority from the King; or 

be near the time of inheriting a fortune; or that his ship would soon 

arrive laden with merchandise; or that he has large stocks of corn and 

other commodities; or that if anything was done for him it would not be 

done in vain; or that he is always true to his word; then should she 

have regard to her future welfare, and live with the man like a wife. 

 

There are also verses on the subject as follows: 

 

"In considering her present gains, and her future welfare, a courtesan 


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