The Ananga Ranga (Stage of Love)

Translated by Sir Richard F. Burton [1885]

The Ananga Ranga is an Indian sex manual written in the 15th century by Kalyana Malla.  Building upon the Kama Sutra, the poet aimed to educate specifically at preventing the separation of a husband and wife.

 

"Men, it is true, marry for the sake of undisturbed congress, as well as for love and comfort, and often they obtain handsome and attractive wives. But they do not give them plenary contentment, nor do they themselves thoroughly enjoy their charms. The reason of which is, that they are purely ignorant of the Scripture of Cupid, the Kama Shastra; and, despising the difference between the several kinds of women, they regard them only in an animal point of view. Such men must be looked upon as foolish and unintelligent; and this book is composed with the object of preventing lives and loves being wasted in similar manner, and the benefits to be derived from its study "

 

Contents:

 

Introduction

Chapter I

Section I: Of the Four Orders of Women

Section II: Personal Peculiarities of the Four Classes

Section III: The days of greatest enjoyment for the Four Classes

Section IV: Of the hours which give the highest enjoyment

Chapter II: OF THE VARIOUS SEATS OF PASSION IN WOMEN.

Chapter III: OF THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF MEN AND WOMEN.

Section I: Men

Section II: Women

Section III: Of Congress

Section IV: Of other Minor Distinctions in Congress

Chapter IV: DESCRIPTION OF THE GENERAL QUALITIES, CHARACTERISTICS, TEMPERAMENTS, ETC., OF WOMEN.

Chapter V: CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WOMEN OF VARIOUS LANDS.

Chapter VI: TREATING OF VASHIKARANA.

Chapter VII: OF DIFFERENT SIGNS IN MEN AND WOMEN.

Chapter VIII: TREATING OF EXTERNAL ENJOYMENTS.

Chapter IX: TREATING OF INTERNAL ENJOYMENTS IN ITS VARIOUS FORMS.

Appendix I: ASTROLOGY IN CONNECTION WITH MARRIAGE.

Appendix II

 

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