ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Kama Sutra - Not Just a Sex Manual

Updated on June 10, 2009

All Temple Art; Believe it or Not

Anyone who has been to India or has read enough about India would have seen ancient Indian sculptures or pictures of them; even someone with the most rudimentary idea about India would we familiar with the Kama Sutra. If you have visited temples like Khajuraho or Konark and many others in India, you would have seen frescoes and sculpture featuring exceedingly sexual, even orgiastic postures, various sex positions, even group sex and same sex scenes.

In the old days, India faced the problem of under population (as against over population today). So the kings routinely commissioned the court sculptors to design sculptures so erotic that they acted as an aphrodisiac to encourage people to produce more babies to populate their land! Perhaps the Kama Surta had just such a beginning.

In the west, the Kama Sutra is viewed as an ancient sex manual only, which is it, but it is much more than that. It is also a book about social values, etiquette, duties, economic obligations etc. Understandably the sex manual part of this voluminous work is what has gained maximum popularity. Kama, simply put is sex, but more specifically it means enjoyment using all the five sense of touch, taste, smell, hearing and smell and enjoyment not just for the body but for the mind and spirit as well.

One part of the manual deals with sexual positions, how to embrace and kiss, foreplay (marking with nails is one chapter), role playing and even the appropriate sounds to be made! One entire segment is devoted to advice about how to acquire a wife, another segment is about other people's wives! Another segment is allocated to courtesans, how they should earn money, how to live behave and conduct themselves, how to live as a man's wife etc.

The final part of the text deals with personal adornment and love potions and other methods of making a person attractive. It also deals with methods of arousal and miscellaneous experiments. All in all I would conclude that it was a book way ahead of its times.

Some years back a film was made about the period of Indian history when the Kama Sutra was written. It was a film called Utsav and was set in the period of Vatsyayana (the author). This film was about the renowned courtesan of the time, Vasantsena; the haunting melodious songs of the film are still very popular.

Courtesans were, in those days viewed with respect, insofar as sex was viewed as an art to be learned and taught. Some parts of the film were very funny too, when Vatsayana is shown peering into various rooms of a brothel collecting material for his book.

So really sex was not talked of in hushed tones the way it is now; it was as much part of social life as anything else and the Kama Sutra perhaps best reflects this.

Listen for Some Beautiful and Unusual Music


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      bharat rajput (Raj) 5 years ago

      very good i like that

    • tanay253 profile image

      tanay253 8 years ago from Berkeley,CA,USA

      The influence of the Kama Sutra did not stop with the English countryside. Far from it, the influence has spread to nearly all parts of the world and has become even more pervasive as the quality of communication has increased.

      With the Internet and the eased restrictions on the publications of printed material's, the Kama Sutra finds a larger following all the time. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten Vatsyayna's original goal for the Kama Sutra which was to put sex and its pleasures in their proper perspective.

      Society has become very promiscuous and quick to go for what feels good to the individual. Thus we find a moral breakdown unparalleled by any other time in history.

      More Info @ My Profile

    • profile image

      Ad 8 years ago

      So is it true that kamasutra was made because of under population. Or is it more than that. I am sorry, but my question is still seems to be unanswered. Why it was Made.Are there other reasons?

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I think kamasutra is not just sex education, but it contain great philosophy. It will better if we study the history of kamasutra. and how it created like that. anyone agree with me? what do you think reena?

    • Reena Daruwalla profile image

      Reena Daruwalla 8 years ago from INDIA

      You're welcome agvulpes. And yes today it is a case of sex sells. Anything.

    • agvulpes profile image

      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Reena I have never known the origins of the Kama Sutra now I understand the reasons behind the writing . It would be good if the world could be more open about sex, it looked like it was about to happen in the 60s revolution but these days it is being way too much exploited for profit.

      Thanks for the history lesson . :-)

    • Reena Daruwalla profile image

      Reena Daruwalla 9 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks. I certainly think its scary! But who knows soon the boys will be paying dowry?

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

      Great article - scary scenario, isn't it?

    • Reena Daruwalla profile image

      Reena Daruwalla 9 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks for the comment Shalini. This sex ratio thing is scary, especially in places like Delhi and Punjab etc. in case you are interested I did a post about this just a couple of days ago.

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

      Great Hub Reena - I wonder if we'll ever break free of the purintannical ideas that have us in a bind today and be free again! With the man:woman ratio running askew, who knows? We might just!

    • Reena Daruwalla profile image

      Reena Daruwalla 9 years ago from INDIA

      @Cash, I have been after Khush for that, but I am also afraid of Fiza going "Ma what are they doing?" :)

      @Dame Scribe Thanks, and yes I would imagine it was a very different India before the British came and imposed their Victorian ideas on the populace.

    • Dame Scribe profile image

      Dame Scribe 9 years ago from Canada

      I watched the movie, Kama Sutra- A love story. I love that movie and has a wonderful but sad story line but overall interesting to see a society as it was then. :) great Hub.

    • cashmere profile image

      cashmere 9 years ago from India

      Let's plan a trip to Khujrao!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)