Mar 18, 2008

The Beautiful Ones

The following are the arts to be studied, together with the Kama Sutra:

1. Singing
2. Playing on musical instruments
3. Dancing
4. Union of dancing, singing, and playing instrumental music
5. Writing and drawing
6. Tattooing
7. Arraying and adorning an idol with rice and flowers
8. Spreading and arranging beds or couches of flowers, or flowers upon the ground
9. Colouring the teeth, garments, hair, nails and bodies, i.e. staining, dyeing, colouring and painting the same
10. Fixing stained glass into a floor
11. The art of making beds, and spreading out carpets and cushions for reclining
12. Playing on musical glasses filled with water
13. Storing and accumulating water in aqueducts, cisterns and reservoirs
14. Picture making, trimming and decorating
15. Stringing of rosaries, necklaces, garlands and wreaths
16. Binding of turbans and chaplets, and making crests and top-knots of flowers
17. Scenic representations, stage playing Art of making ear ornaments Art of preparing perfumes and odours
18. Proper disposition of jewels and decorations, and adornment in dress
19. Magic or sorcery
20. Quickness of hand or manual skill
21. Culinary art, i.e. cooking and cookery
22. Making lemonades, sherbets, acidulated drinks, and spirituous extracts with proper flavour and colour
23. Tailor's work and sewing
24. Making parrots, flowers, tufts, tassels, bunches, bosses, knobs, etc., out of yarn or thread
25. Solution of riddles, enigmas, covert speeches, verbal puzzles and enigmatical questions
26. A game, which consisted in repeating verses, and as one person finished, another person had to commence at once, repeating another verse, beginning with the same letter with which the last speaker's verse ended, whoever failed to repeat was considered to have lost, and to be subject to pay a forfeit or stake of some kind
27. The art of mimicry or imitation
28. Reading, including chanting and intoning
29. Study of sentences difficult to pronounce. It is played as a game chiefly by women, and children and consists of a difficult sentence being given, and when repeated quickly, the words are often transposed or badly pronounced
30. Practice with sword, single stick, quarter staff and bow and arrow
31. Drawing inferences, reasoning or inferring
32. Carpentry, or the work of a carpenter
33. Architecture, or the art of building
34. Knowledge about gold and silver coins, and jewels and gems
35. Chemistry and mineralogy
36. Colouring jewels, gems and beads
37. Knowledge of mines and quarries
38. Gardening; knowledge of treating the diseases of trees and plants, of nourishing them, and determining their ages
39. Art of cock fighting, quail fighting and ram fighting
40. Art of teaching parrots and starlings to speak
41. Art of applying perfumed ointments to the body, and of dressing the hair with unguents and perfumes and braiding it
42. The art of understanding writing in cypher, and the writing of words in a peculiar way
43. The art of speaking by changing the forms of words. It is of various kinds. Some speak by changing the beginning and end of words, others by adding unnecessary letters between every syllable of a word, and so on
44. Knowledge of language and of the vernacular dialects
45. Art of making flower carriages
46. Art of framing mystical diagrams, of addressing spells and charms, and binding armlets
47. Mental exercises, such as completing stanzas or verses on receiving a part of them; or supplying one, two or three lines when the remaining lines are given indiscriminately from different verses, so as to make the whole an entire verse with regard to its meaning; or arranging the words of a verse written irregularly by separating the vowels from the consonants, or leaving them out altogether; or putting into verse or prose sentences represented by signs or symbols. There are many other such exercises.
48. Composing poems
49. Knowledge of dictionaries and vocabularies
50. Knowledge of ways of changing and disguising the appearance of persons
51. Knowledge of the art of changing the appearance of things, such as making cotton to appear as silk, coarse and common things to appear as fine and good
52. Various ways of gambling
53. Art of obtaining possession of the property of others by means of mantras or incantations
54. Skill in youthful sports
55. Knowledge of the rules of society, and of how to pay respect and compliments to others
56. Knowledge of the art of war, of arms, of armies, etc.
57. Knowledge of gymnastics
58. Art of knowing the character of a man from his features
59. Knowledge of scanning or constructing verses
60. Arithmetical recreations
61. Making artificial flowers
62. Making figures and images in clay


The daughter of a king too as well as the daughter of a minister, being learned in the above arts, can make their husbands favourable to them, even though these may have thousands of other wives besides themselves. And in the same manner, if a wife becomes separated from her husband, and falls into distress, she can support herself easily, even in a foreign country, by means of her knowledge of these arts. Even the bare knowledge of them gives attractiveness to a woman, though the practice of them may be only possible or otherwise according to the circumstances of each case.


The following women are not to be enjoyed:
  • A leper
  • A lunatic
  • A woman turned out of caste
  • A woman who reveals secrets
  • A woman who publicly expresses desire for sexual intercourse
  • A woman who is extremely white
  • A woman who is extremely black
  • A bad-smelling woman
  • A woman who is a near relation
  • A woman who is a female friend
  • A woman who leads the life of an ascetic
  • And, lastly the wife of a relation, of a friend, of a learned Brahman, and of the king

Kama Sutra, Richard Burton's Translation


3 comments:

gimli said...

deja vu.
хм,това вече съм го виждала в твоя блог... точно същото.

hazel said...

Беше в МАС и нямаше добавка за забранените жени:)

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