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The exact date of its writing is not known, but it is estimated the text was written in the 11th or 12th century. It is speculated that Ratirahasya was written to please a king by the name Venudutta. Kokkoka describes himself in the book as siddha patiya pandita, i. The manual was written in Sanskrit. Unlike the Kama Sutra, which is an ancient sex manual related to Hindu literature, Ratirahasya deals with medieval Indian society.
During the medieval age, India became more conservative compared to ancient India, freedom of women decreased, and premarital and extramarital sex were frowned upon. A sex manual was needed that would be suitable for the medieval cultural climate, and Ratirahasya was written, quite different from the ancient text Kama Sutra.
There are fifteen pachivedes chapters and verses in Ratirahasya which deal with various topics such as different physiques, lunar calendar, different types of genitals, characteristics of women of various ages, hugs, kisses, sexual intercourse and sex positions, sex with a strange woman, etc.
Kokokka describes various stages of love in Ratirahasya, the fifth stage being weight loss, the ninth is fainting, and the tenth and last stage is death. Ratirahasya is the first book to describe in detail Indian feminine beauty.
The book classified women into four psycho-physical types, according to their appearance and physical features. Padmini lotus woman Chitrini art woman Shankini conch woman Hastini elephant woman. On the basis of the size of the genitals, the text classifies sexual intercourse into nine different types. Aphrodisiacs are also described in the book. According to W. Arabic, Persian and Turkish translations of the book are entitled Lizzat-al-Nissa.
Another English translation was made by S. It is a popular text in India, second only to the Kama Sutra among sex manuals. We've also revised our delivery methods. Please see our Blog for more details. Sold out! First U. Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Near fine. Add to Wishlist. Padmini lotus woman Chitrini art woman Shankini conch woman Hastini elephant woman On the basis of the size of the genitals, the text classifies sexual intercourse into nine different types.
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