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The Kama Sutra

by: Vatsyayana

"The Kama Sutra, or Aphorisms on Love," an enduring text on human sexual relations between men and women, has stood the test of time for over 1400 years. Vatsyayana, its author, asserted that he composed the Kama Sutra during his time as a religious student, in deep contemplation of the divine. However, the text also references older works, engages in astute debates with the recommendations of other authors, and meticulously documents practices from various Indian states. This suggests a more significant emphasis on "kama," or sensual gratification, within the text. The Kama Sutra remains a valuable and complex cultural and historical document, offering insights into human sexuality, relationships, and the cultural milieu of ancient India.