Probably the Kamasutra is the oldest love teachings ever known. Compilations on foreplay techniques and its countless undertaken manners comprised this fifth century book wrote by the sage Vatsyana. Despite its male orientated approach indulgence wise, beyond that would lay its sole-purpose. Shedding light on the female’s profound roleplay in terms of indulgence would be one of its main goals. The entwined aerials, a rising tree, the milk and water concoction’s and the sesame that clung on the rice are some of the symbolisms employed in the union of sexes, it’d infer. There’d be about sixty four or so variations towards foreplay to the Kamasutra accordingly. There’d be about six different kissing techniques, eight approaching manners, eight love bites, four tapping techniques and eight sounds that might be released upon.
Such a revolutionary piece in all its senses, not only because it prizes the woman but also remaining the bolster for the round lover until today. Undermining the woman in confront of the man became mainstay in India. A custom stretching as far back as the second millennium before Christ still much in use though, therein, the widows burnt in the husband’s funeral pyre, at the same time that subtle and elaborated techniques would describe the loving game. Subjecting the woman under the man’s will upon such ritual of embolden. This custom was kept going until the British governor lord William Bentick forbade it in 1829. Also, the next of kin would be sacrificed of the family head between the twentieth-first and twentieth third centuries B.C.
In the age of Rig-Veda, the ancient Hindu writing, compiled roughly in the year 2.500 B.C., there was not unusual the women kept apart and sorted from the men. In other words, the Purdah (namely a curtain, referred in here to some specifically designed curtain with Peeping Tom kept in mind) was custom around this time in India. Separate lodgings were established for the women, strictly forbidden and kept for them only; as the men would have their own space themselves. Most definitely a caftan would be worn by the woman in public. Those married ones used to wrap themselves up even further in shawls and cloaks.
A respectable lady, unless well-protected against the male gaze, would be unheard of. Manu (800B.C.) prohibited the women from mingling with the men and Jagnavalka (600B.C), eased up these restrictions somehow, by allowing it to be done with doctors, merchants or beggars in most. There were restrictions for those wives whose husbands were absentees in regard to the attendance of sport events, weddings and socializing overall.
Meanwhile in the India of Kamasutra, sex was not meant for reproductive purposes within marriage only but also for the indulgence sake of both parties. In there, the most enriching life experiences at the world’s highest spiritual level awaited for the take, lingering deeply into the quest for the Divine.
Altogether religious and sexuality tendencies, at their highest heights, would be given a place under the sun in ancient Indian mythology.