The Kama Sutra is just a book of crazy sex positions right? Or is it much more than that? Here we separate myth from fact and how it can revive your love life.
Kama Sutra: Separating Fact From Fiction
The Kama Sutra is just a book with pictures of sex positions.
While the Kama Sutra does go into great detail to describe some of the most intimate sexual positions, this only makes up about 20% of the book. Just 1 of the seven sections of the book is dedicated to sexual positions. Also included in this section is moaning, personal grooming, biting and much more. The Kama Sutra is really a book dedicated to love, desire and how healthy sex and relationships can inspire one to be their best self. The other sections of the Kama Sutra explore proper conduct, how to find the right partner and how to make money.
You have to be an acrobat to try any of the positions
This couldn’t be further from the truth! Although, there are some that seem to be mind boggling, there are many more that you can use to spice up the bedroom without pulling a muscle. The Kama Sutra is a reliable and proven source of knowledge dating back thousands of years. Don’t be afraid to add a new move to you and your partners repritoir. Remember, its ok if you can’t achieve all the positions, it’s all about having fun and exploring with your partner.
What does Kama Sutra mean?
Possibly the first thing to understand about the Kama Sutra is to understand its translation. Kama is one of the four goals in Hindu life. It means to fulfill your desires, including sexual desire which is a main focus of the Kama Sutra. Sutra in Hindu means the thread or line that holds things together. Also thought of as a formula or manual to achieve a desired outcome. Therefore, the Kama Sutra translates to the “guide to fulfilling your desires” specifically your intimate desires.
Who is the author of the Kama Sutra?
Most people will tell you that the author of the Kama Sutra is Vatsayayana and that the book was written sometime between 200 B.C. and 400 A.D. While technically correct, he even says in the books first chapter that he is drawing on the ancient Hindu works of Nandikeshvara and Shvetaketu among others. These writers created most of the original content found in the Kama Sutra. But it was Vatsayayana that compiled it together and split the works into 7 distinct chapters.
The Kamasutra has been a popular book throughout history
Although in recent years, the Kamasutra has become immensely popular, that hasn’t always been the case. It wasn’t even translated into English until 1883 by Sir Richard Francis Burton. Burton is also credited with translating Arabian Nights to english. The Kamasutra went relatively unknown for some time as it was outlawed by most European countries. In fact, it was illegal in Britain until 1963! Since then, it has gained immense popularity with those looking to explore their sexual desires and improve their sexual lives.