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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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The Mythology of the Kamasutra 1

The Mythology of the Kamasutra 1

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(p.381) The Mythology of the Kamasutra 1
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On Hinduism
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Wendy Doniger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0027

This chapter examines the mythology of sex and gender in the Kamasutra. It considers stories in the Kamasutra designed to be told to women and the text’s ambivalence about sexual freedom, its views about the excesses and dangers of uncontrolled desire, and examples of males undone by passion. The Kamasutra also talks about adultery, warns against the abuse of the power of sex, and expounds on the fantasy of sneaking into the harem.

Keywords:   mythology, sex, gender, Kamasutra, women, sexual freedom, desire, passion, adultery, harem

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