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WIVES OF OTHER
by nature, has never been distressed in such a way before, and it is highly
PEOPLE
probable that he will succumb under his present affliction, and experience the
- Chapter I
pains of death.' If the woman listens with a favourable ear, then on the
- Chapter II
following day the go-between, having observed marks of good spirits in her
- Chapter III
face, in her eyes, and in her manner of conversation, should again converse
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V with her on the subject of the man, and should tell her the stories of Ahalya1
- Chapter VI and Indra, of Sakoontala2 and Dushyanti, and such others as may be fitted for
the occasion. She should also describe to her the strength of the man, his
talents, his skill in the sixty-four sorts of enjoyments mentioned by Babhravya,
q PART VI: ABOUT
his good looks, and his liaison with some praiseworthy woman, no matter
COURTESANS
- Introductory Remarks - whether this last ever took place or not.
Chapter I
- Chapter II
In addition to this, the go-between should carefully note the behaviour of the
- Chapter III
woman, which if favourable would be as follows: She would address her with a
- Chapter IV
smiling look, would seat herself close beside her, and ask her, `Where have you
- Chapter V
been? What have you been doing? Where did you dine? Where did you sleep?
- Chapter VI
Where have you been sitting?'
q PART VII: ON THE
MEANS OF ATTRACTING
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- Chapter I
- Chapter II


CONCLUDING
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q TRANSLATOR'S
NOTES
- Preface
PART V
- Introduction
CHAPTER V
On the Love of Persons in authority with the Wives of other People
q PART I:
INTRODUCTORY
- Chapter I
Kings and their ministers have no access to the abodes of others, and moreover
- Chapter II
their mode of living is constantly watched and observed and imitated by the
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV people at large, just as the animal world, seeing the sun rise, get up after him,
- Chapter V and when he sits in the evening, lie down again in the same way. Persons in
authority should not therefore do any improper act in public, as such are
impossible from their position, and would be deserving of censure. But if they
q PART II: ON SEXUAL
find that such an act is necessary to be done, they should make use of the
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- Chapter I proper means as described in the following paragraphs.
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
The head man of the village, the king's officer employed there, and the man1
- Chapter IV
whose business it is to glean corn, can gain over female villagers simply by
- Chapter V
asking them. It is on this account that this class of woman are called unchaste
- Chapter VI
women by voluptuaries.
- Chapter VII
- Chapter VIII
The union of the above mentioned men with this class of woman takes place on
- Chapter IX
the occasions of unpaid labour, of filling the granaries in their houses, of taking
- Chapter X
things in and out of the house, of cleaning the houses, of working in the fields,
and of purchasing cotton, wool, flax, hemp, and thread, and at the season of
q PART III: ABOUT THE
the purchase, sale, and exchange of various other articles, as well as at the
ACQUISITION OF A
WIFE time of doing various other works. In the same way the superintendents of cow
- Chapter I pens enjoy the women in the cow pens; and the officers, who crave the
- Chapter II
superintendence of widows, of the women who are without supporters, and of
- Chapter III
women who have left their husbands, have sexual intercourse with these
- Chapter IV
women. The intelligent accomplish their object by wandering at night in the
- Chapter V
village, and while villagers also unite with the wives of their sons, being much
alone with them. Lastly the superintendents of markets have a great deal to do
q PART IV: ABOUT A with the female villagers at the time of their making purchases in the market.
WIFE
- Chapter I
During the festival of the eighth moon, i.e. during the bright half of the month
- Chapter II
of Nargashirsha, as also during the moonlight festival of the month of Kartika,
and the spring festival of Chaitra, the women of cities and towns generally visit
q PART V: ABOUT THE
the women of the king's harem in the royal palace. These visitors go to the
WIVES OF OTHER
several apartments of the women of the harem, as they are acquainted with
PEOPLE
them, and pass the night in conversation, and in proper sports, and
- Chapter I
amusement, and go away in the morning. On such occasions a female
- Chapter II
attendant of the king (previously acquainted with the woman whom the king
- Chapter III
desires) should loiter about, and accost this woman when she sets out to go
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V home, and induce her to come and see the amusing things in the palace.
- Chapter VI Previous to these festivals even, she should have caused it to be intimated to
this woman that on the occasion of this festival she would show her all the
interesting things in the royal palace. Accordingly she should show her the
q PART VI: ABOUT
bower of the coral creeper, the garden house with its floor inlaid with precious
COURTESANS
- Introductory Remarks - stones, the bower of grapes, the building on the water, the secret passages in
Chapter I the walls of the palace, the pictures, the sporting animals, the machines, the
- Chapter II birds, and the cages of the lions and the tigers. After this, when alone with her,
- Chapter III she should tell her about the love of the king for her, and should describe to her
- Chapter IV the good fortune which would attend upon her union with the king, giving her at
- Chapter V
the time a strict promise of secrecy. If the woman does not accept the offer,
- Chapter VI
she should conciliate and please her with handsome presents befitting the
position of the king, and having accompanied her for some distance should
dismiss her with great affection.
q PART VII: ON THE
MEANS OF ATTRACTING
OTHERS TO ONE'S SELF
- Chapter I
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q TRANSLATOR'S
NOTES
- Preface
PART V
- Introduction
CHAPTER VI
About the Women of the Royal Harem, and of the keeping of one's own
q PART I:
Wife
INTRODUCTORY
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
The women of the royal harem cannot see or meet any men on account of their
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV being strictly guarded, neither do they have their desires satisfied, because
- Chapter V their only husband is common to many wives. For this reason among
themselves they give pleasure to each other in various ways as now described.
Having dressed the daughters of their nurses, or their female friends, or their
q PART II: ON SEXUAL
female attendants, like men, they accomplish their object by means of bulbs,
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- Chapter I roots, and fruits having the form of the lingam, or they lie down upon the
- Chapter II statue of a male figure, in which the lingam is visible and erect.
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
Some kings, who are compassionate, take or apply certain medicines to enable
- Chapter V
them to enjoy many wives in one night, simply for the purpose of satisfying the
- Chapter VI
desire of their women, though they perhaps have no desire of their own. Others
- Chapter VII
enjoy with great affection only those wives that they particularly like, while
- Chapter VIII
others only take them, according as the turn of each wife arrives in due course.
- Chapter IX
Such are the ways of enjoyment prevalent in Eastern countries, and what is
- Chapter X
said about the means of enjoyment of the female is also applicable to the male.
q PART III: ABOUT THE
By means of their female attendants the ladies of the royal harem generally get
ACQUISITION OF A
WIFE men into their apartments in the disguise or dress of women. Their female
- Chapter I attendants, and the daughters of their nurses, who are acquainted with their
- Chapter II
secrets, should exert themselves to get men to come to the harem in this way
- Chapter III
by telling them of the good fortune attending it, and by describing the facilities
- Chapter IV
of entering and leaving the palace, the large size of the premises, the
- Chapter V
carelessness of the sentinels, and the irregularities of the attendants about the
persons of the royal wives. But these women should never induce a man to
q PART IV: ABOUT A enter the harem by telling him falsehoods, for that would probably lead to his
WIFE destruction.
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
As for the man himself he had better not enter a royal harem, even though it
may be easily accessible, on account of the numerous disasters to which he
q PART V: ABOUT THE
may be exposed there. If however he wants to enter it, he should first ascertain
WIVES OF OTHER
whether there is an easy way to get out, whether it is closely surrounded by the
PEOPLE
pleasure garden, whether it has separate enclosures belonging to it, whether
- Chapter I
the sentinels are careless, whether the king has gone abroad, and then, when
- Chapter II
he is called by the women of the harem, he should carefully observe the
- Chapter III
localities, and enter by the way pointed out by them. If he is able to manage it,
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V he should hang about the harem every day, and under some pretext or other,
- Chapter VI make friends with the sentinels, and show himself attached to the female
attendants of the harem, who may have become acquainted with his design,
and to whom he should express his regret at not being able to obtain the object
q PART VI: ABOUT
of his desire. Lastly he should cause the whole business of a go-between to be
COURTESANS
- Introductory Remarks - done by the woman who may have access to the harem, and he should be
Chapter I careful to be able to recognize the emissaries of the king.
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
When a go-between has no access to the harem, then the man should stand in
- Chapter IV
some place where the lady, whom he loves and whom he is anxious to enjoy,
- Chapter V
can be seen.
- Chapter VI


q PART VII: ON THE
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q TRANSLATOR'S
NOTES
- Preface
PART VI
- Introduction
Introductory remarks
q PART I:
INTRODUCTORY
This Part VI, about courtesans, was prepared by Vatsyayana from a treatise on
- Chapter I
the subject that was written by Dattaka, for the women of Pataliputra (the
- Chapter II
modern Patna), some two thousand years ago. Dattaka's work does not appear
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV to be extant now, but this abridgement of it is very clever, and quite equal to
- Chapter V any of the productions of Emile Zola, and other writers of the realistic school of
today. 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
q PART II: ON SEXUAL
ideas, and of the working of her mind, than is contained in the following pages.
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- Chapter I
- Chapter II
The details of the domestic and social life of the early Hindoos would not be
- Chapter III
complete without mention of the courtesan, and Part VI is entirely devoted to
- Chapter IV
this subject. The Hindoos have ever had the good sense to recognise
- Chapter V
courtesans as a part and portion of human society, and so long as they
- Chapter VI
behaved themselves with decency and propriety they were regarded with a
- Chapter VII
certain respect. Anyhow, they have never been treated in the East with that
- Chapter VIII
brutality and contempt so common in the West, while their education has
- Chapter IX
always been of a superior kind to that bestowed upon the rest of womankind in
- Chapter X
Oriental countries.
q PART III: ABOUT THE
In the earlier days the well-educated Hindoo dancing girl and courtesan
ACQUISITION OF A
WIFE doubtless resembled the Hetera of the Greeks, and, being educated and
- Chapter I amusing, were far more acceptable as companions than the generality of the
- Chapter II
married or unmarried women of that period. At all times and in all countries,
- Chapter III
there has ever been a little rivalry between the chaste and the unchaste. But
- Chapter IV
while some women are born courtesans, and follow the instincts of their nature
- Chapter V
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
q PART IV: ABOUT A a general rule, to make herself agreeable to the male sex.
WIFE
- Chapter I
The subtlety of women, their wonderful perceptive powers, their knowledge,
- Chapter II
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
q PART V: ABOUT THE
since worked up into detail by many writers in every quarter of the globe.
WIVES OF OTHER
PEOPLE
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V
- Chapter VI


q PART VI: ABOUT
COURTESANS
- Introductory Remarks -
Chapter I
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V
- Chapter VI


q PART VII: ON THE
MEANS OF ATTRACTING
OTHERS TO ONE'S SELF
- Chapter I
- Chapter II


CONCLUDING
q

REMARKS


q MODERN KAMA

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