Monday, August 30, 2010

Most read historical books with sex techniques from around the world

Here are some of the world's most well-known and read books and scriptures on sex, erotics and romantic relations.


Kama Sutra (कामसूत्र) was written in Sanskrit and describes sexual intercourse in prose. Kama means sensual or sexual pleasure. Sutra means a thread or line that keeps things together. Thus it could be translated into “sexual guidelines”. It gives detailed instructions for hugging, kissing, caressing, biting, various positions, oral sex and more. It discusses wives and courtesans, and gives some advice on picking up women.

The Perfumed Garden of Sensual Delight (الروض العاطر في نزهة الخاطر‎) Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Nafzawi was written in Arabic, probably around 1410-1434. It give advice on sexual techniques, sexual health, how to stay attractive. There is a full English translation online by Burton, however claimed to not be very correct. There is a more correct translation by Colville, 1999.

Jīn Píng Méi (金瓶梅) is considered the fifth great classical Chinese novel, most of the time banned due to its explicit descriptions of sex. Jīn Píng Méi (Golden Lotus) is one of three central female characters, along with Li Peng’er (Little Vase) and Peng Chunmei (Spring Plum Blossoms).

The Ananga Ranga (Stage of Love) or Kamaledhiplava (Boat in the Sea of Love) is a sex manual intended to keep couples together. It originates from India. It was allegedly noted down by the poet Kalyana malla somewhere in the 15th or 16th century. The work is said to be in written to the honour of Lad Khan who was the son of Ahmed Khan Lodi. The Lodi dynasty ruled Delhi from 1451 to 1526. A translation from 1885 by Sir Richard Francis Burton is available.

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