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The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana

Sir Richard Burton, translator (1883)

Formatted at, July 2003. This text is in the public domain. These files may be used for any non-commercial purpose provided this notice of attribution is left intact.

Part I: Introductory

Chapter I.


Chapter II.

Observations on the Three Worldly Attainments of Virtue, Wealth, and Love

Chapter III.

On the Study of the Sixty-Four Arts

Chapter IV.

On the Arrangements of a House, and Household Furniture; and About the Daily Life of a Citizen, His Companions, Amusements, Etc.

Chapter V.

About Classes of Women Fit and Unfit for Congress with the Citizen, and of Friends, and Messengers

Part II: On Sexual Union

Chapter I.

Kinds of Union According to Dimensions, Force of Desire, and Time; and on the Different Kinds of Love

Chapter II.

Of the Embrace

Chapter III.

On Kissing

Chapter IV.

On Pressing or Marking with the Nails

Chapter V.

On Biting, and the Ways of Love to be Employed with Regard to Women of Different Countries

Chapter VI.

On the Various Ways of Lying Down, and the Different Kinds of Congress

Chapter VII.

On the Various Ways of Striking, and of The Sounds Appropriate to Them

Chapter VIII.

About Females Acting the Part of Males

Chapter IX.

On Holding the Lingam in the Mouth

Chapter X.

How to Begin and How to End the Congress. Different Kinds of Congress, and Love Quarrels

Part III: About the Acquisition of a Wife

Chapter I.

Observations on Betrothal and Marriage

Chaper II. About Creating Confidence In the Girl

Chapter III.

Courtship, and the Manifestation of the Feelings by Outward Signs and Deeds

Chapter IV.

On Things to be Done Only by the Man, and the Acquisition of the Girl Thereby. Also What is to be Done by a Girl to Gain Over a Man and Subject Him to Her

Chapter V.

On the Different Forms of Marriage

Part IV: About a Wife

Chapter I.

On the Manner of Living of a Virtuous Woman, and of Her Behaviour During the Absence of Her Husband

Chapter II.

On the Conduct of the Eldest Wife Towards the Other Wives of her Husband, and of the Younger Wife Towards the Elder Ones...

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