The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. The depth and extent of the influence of the textbook of politics the Arthasastra on the textbook of sexuality the Kamasutra is surprising, most evident in the high incidence of distrust, betrayal and force in sexual relationships. And the subsequent influence of the Kamasutra upon not only the erotic literary traditions of India but the eroticism of the bhakti tradition, particularly in Bengal, accounts in part for the darkness of that tradition, its emphasis on divine abandonment, betrayal, and even violence.
Multicultural India has developed its discourse on sexuality differently based on its distinct regions with their own unique cultures. However, one common aspect remains: the existence of a subtle conspiracy of silence and taboos that clouds the Indian world of sexual desires and expressions. The origins of this silence towards India's rich contributions to sexuality and shunning of it almost are to be found in the repurcussions of the colonial rule and of the Bible.
The assumption that the intended reader of the Kamasutra is male persists in popular culture today… But… The Kamasutra is for women-it was intended to be used by women, and has much to offer to women even today. Vatsyayana argues at some length that some women, at least, should read this text, and that others should learn its contents in other ways:. A woman should study the Kamasutra and its subsidiary arts before she reaches the prime of her youth, and she should continue when she has been given away, if her husband wishes it
The history of humans in the India subcontinent is extensive, complex, and overflowing with civilizations, cultures, languages, religions, and globally significant figures the historical Buddha, for instance. The people of India have a history of openly embracing sexuality, much of it intrinsically tied to religion. Any history of sex in India would be remiss not examine the Kama Sutraan ancient text on navigating love, relationships, and sexuality that famous includes a lot of suggested positions. Given its geographical location - isolated by mountains across the north and oceans all around its massive peninsula - India developed as a unique region.
India is a vast country depicting wide social, cultural and sexual variations. Indian concept of sexuality has evolved over time and has been immensely influenced by various rulers and religions. Indian sexuality is manifested in our attire, behavior, recreation, literature, sculptures, scriptures, religion and sports.
Even if often patriarchal in its focus on male pleasure, ancient Indian attitudes to sexuality were far from restrictive. An insightful read. However much you may seek to probe or research, you end up with a bundle of contradictions.
What are we to make of these gymnastics? Did people in ancient India really make love like that? I think not.
The Khajuraho temple complex is a series of beautifully built and decorated buildings in Madhya Pradesh. Yet what really sets Khajuraho apart from other temples is the numerous erotic carvings, both inside and outside the temple, that depict men, women, and even animals engaging in lovemaking, orgies, and bestiality under the benign smiles of divinities. The Khajuraho temples were commissioned almost as soon as the Chandelas came to power in Madhya Pradesh, a region in Central India. They were dedicated to two Indian religions, Hinduism and Jainism, suggesting a culture of acceptance and respect for differing religious traditions.
More recently, in Augustthe Indian government imposed a banlifted conditionally a few days later, on more than websites deemed pornographic, in an ostensible bid to curb child pornography and sexual violence. But India was not always like this. Sexual norms were far more liberal before the 13th Century, giving equal importance to the secular and the spiritual.