India has a long and noble tradition of liberated sexuality. From the infamous Kama Sutra (1st century AD) to the blatantly sexual temples of Khajuraho (1000 AD), sex was considered an important and highly enjoyable activity. The ancient Indians were very aware that few are born great lovers and so they placed great emphasis on teaching both women and men how to fully explore their erotic potential. Many of those teachings are as valid and meaningful today as they were 2000 years ago.
Sadly, there is little evidence of these rich traditions being continued by present-day Indians. Kama Sutra Indian erotica is now a thing of the past. 'Modern' Indians tend to be very conservative in their sexual play. However, not everything has been forgotten. There are still some in India who practice and teach the ancient tantric secrets of love.
|Book||The Kama Sutra|
|Author||Vatsyayana (Hindu Sage)|
|Date/Place||1st Century AD; India|
|Comments||The world's most famous manual on the art of making love|
|The signs of the enjoyment and satisfaction of the woman are as follows: her body relaxes, she closes her eyes, she puts aside all bashfulness, and shows increased willingness to unite the two organs as closely together as possible. On the other hand, the signs of her want of enjoyment and of failing to be satisfied are as follows: she does not let the man get up, she feels dejected, bites the man, kicks him, and continues to go on moving after the man has finished. In such cases, the man should rub the yoni(vagina) of the woman with his hand and fingers (as the elephant rubs anything with his trunk) before engaging in congress, until the yoni is softened, and then he should proceed to put his lingam (penis) into her.|
|A man does not succeed either by implicitly following the inclination of a girl, or by wholly opposing her; he should, therefore, adopt the middle course. He who knows how to make himself beloved by women, as well as to increase their honor and create confidence in them, this man becomes the object of their love. But he who neglects a girl thinking she is too bashful, is despised by her as a beast ignorant of the working of the female mind. Moreover, a girl forcibly enjoyed by one who does not understand the hearts of girls becomes nervous, uneasy, and dejected, and begins to hate the man who has taken advantage of her.|
|At the first time of love-making, the passion of the male is intense and his time to ejaculation is short, but in subsequent unions on the same day, the reverse is the case. With the woman, it is the contrary, for at the first her passion will be weak and her time until orgasm long, but on other occasions of lovemaking on the same day, her passion will become more intense and her time until orgasm very short.|
|"Many young men may enjoy one woman, who may be married to one of them, either one after the other or at the same time. Thus, one of them holds her, another enjoys her, a third uses her mouth, a fourth holds her middle part and in this way, they go on enjoying her several parts simultaneously."|