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The Koka shastra : being the Ratirahasya of Kokkoka and other medieval Indian writings on love

Author: Kokkoka; Alex Comfort
Publisher: New York : Stein and Day, 1965. ©1964
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"The Koka Shastra is to medieval literature whar The Kama Sutra was to ancient. This translation, which preserves the flavor of joy in the original, exposes the reader to a culture which accepted sexuality and its exploration as part of the good life. The Indian works describe the forms of love-play, the multifarious postures for intercourse, and the ways of satisfying a woman's passions. And the imaginative reader  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kokkoka, active 8th century.
Koka shastra.
New York, Stein and Day, [1965, ©1964]
(OCoLC)899944254
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kokkoka; Alex Comfort
OCLC Number: 1330858
Description: 171 pages : map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: I. General. - II. The later texts : 1. The pancasayaka (the five arrows) - 2. The kandarpacudamani (the tiara of the love-god) - 3. The smaradipika (the light of love) - 4. The ananga ranga (the stage of the love-god) - 5. The ratimanjari (the post of love) - 6. The dinalapanola sukasapati (the seventy discourses of the parrot) - 7. Other texts. --
The Koka Shastra: 1. Of the physical types and their seasons - 2. Of the lunar calender - 3. Of physical types by their genital characters - 4. Of women by their ages, temperaments and dispositions - 5. Of women by custom and place - 6. Of embraces - 7. Of kisses - 8. Of love-marks - 9. Of coition and the various coital positions - 10. Of love-blows and love-cries - 11. The wooing of a bride - 12. Concerning wives - 13. Concerning relations with strange women - 14. Concerning love-spells - 15. Concerning recipies.
Other Titles: Ratirahasya.
Responsibility: translated and with an introduction by Alex Comfort ; preface by W.G. Archer.

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"The Koka Shastra is to medieval literature whar The Kama Sutra was to ancient. This translation, which preserves the flavor of joy in the original, exposes the reader to a culture which accepted sexuality and its exploration as part of the good life. The Indian works describe the forms of love-play, the multifarious postures for intercourse, and the ways of satisfying a woman's passions. And the imaginative reader will have to admit that many Indian love practices - the signs of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, the forms of desire, the variety of ways in which satisfaction can be achieved -- have an immediate relevance for any person who wants to heighten the ways as well as the sense of joy in their lives." -- back cover.

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