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The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana is undoubtedly the world's best-known classic work of erotic literature. Written by the sage Vatsyayana early in the Gupta period of India (320-540 C.E.), referred to as the "Classical Age of India", it is a scholarly treatise about sexual enjoyment and pleasure. The Kama Sutra reveals many fascinating, surprising and sometimes even humorous insights into the sexual mores and customs of ancient India. Yet, despite its historical and anthropological significance, the teachings of the Kama Sutra remain timeless and universal, and are as useful today for understanding and expressing human sexuality as they were in ancient India. This edition of the Kama Sutra is based on the annotated translation published in 1883 by Sir Richard F. Burton, the famous British explorer, linguist, ethnologist and sexologist. Unlike other Victorian-era translators, who tended to whitewash their translations to conform with accepted "decency", Burton boldly and literally translated his many published works as they were originally written, including his edition of the Kama Sutra. Although our digital edition has significantly improved upon Burton's edition (such as fixing numerous textual errors and reorganizing several chapters for logical consistency), it is otherwise a complete, faithful, unexpurgated and high-quality reproduction, completely preserving the overall flavor of the Burton translation. To enhance the original edition for modern readers, introductory addenda and annotations have been added, including a comprehensive mini-biography of Burton. Carefully note that the original Burton editon of the Kama Sutra was not illustrated; a cover illustration has been added to the Kindle Edition, courtesy of Exotic India.
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Vātsyāyana is the name of a Hindu philosopher in the Vedic tradition who is believed to have lived around 2nd century AD in India.