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Indian Sexual Traditions and the Modern Prude-ism!

Everything about India amazes me! We are a country where the censors would not pass the movie if it has any explicit
scene and until a few years back even lip to lip kissing was barred. And India is the country which came up with
Kamasutra and so many temples that depict sex scenes. Yes, actually there are "Places of Worship" that show
everything in explicit detail. Two of them are – Khajuraho and Konark. To know more about these temples and see the
pictures, please visit Kamat Potpourri.

Now, see this picture below which is an illustration of Animal Sex… way back then!! And we continue to be prudes
all the way!

Vikas Kamat/Kamat's Potpourri



Artifact from Government Museum, Goa

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6 thoughts on “Indian Sexual Traditions and the Modern Prude-ism!”

  1. Hi Desh,

    Thanks for the link to that wonderful site kamat.com. I can’t take my eyes off it! It’s simply mind-blowing that so many hundreds of years ago these guys were so ingenious in thinking up those various love-making postures that we see only in internet pornography today!

    Once a Russian intellectual said that if anyone knows about sex, it is the Indians. I don’t know how has prudishness crept into our society. May be it started with Buddha’s celebration of celebacy: You can’t attain Moksha until you are celebate. Celebacy in the modern-day India is looked upon as a great virtue. All our modern-day gurus blurting out those inane discourses on TV channels happen to be unmarried, and their being virgins is touted as a great qualification they possess! Sex has indeed been relegated back to the cupboard in today’s India. There’s a feeling of extreme guilt associated with sex in India today.

    When will we see revival of those glorious days of the past?

    Sanjeev

  2. Hi Desh,

    Thanks for the link to that wonderful site kamat.com. I can’t take my eyes off it! It’s simply mind-blowing that so many hundreds of years ago these guys were so ingenious in thinking up those various love-making postures that we see only in internet pornography today!

    Once a Russian intellectual said that if anyone knows about sex, it is the Indians. I don’t know how has prudishness crept into our society. May be it started with Buddha’s celebration of celebacy: You can’t attain Moksha until you are celebate. Celebacy in the modern-day India is looked upon as a great virtue. All our modern-day gurus blurting out those inane discourses on TV channels happen to be unmarried, and their being virgins is touted as a great qualification they possess! Sex has indeed been relegated back to the cupboard in today’s India. There’s a feeling of extreme guilt associated with sex in India today.

    When will we see revival of those glorious days of the past?

    Sanjeev

  3. Sanjeev:

    Thanks for the comments, man!! Yeah I agree with you.. I think the introductions of the Western and Mid Eastern religions in India in those days also had this effect of prudishness on us. Sadly, a lot was lost in the interchange – sex is not the only casualty. We also lost the independent spirit of enquiry. When I read Yoga Sutras of Patanjali or Vasishtha Yoga – I marvel at their thought process and it seems so clear that the modern day “Saints” were but dwarfs in front of them!

    Cheers,
    Desh

  4. Sanjeev:

    Thanks for the comments, man!! Yeah I agree with you.. I think the introductions of the Western and Mid Eastern religions in India in those days also had this effect of prudishness on us. Sadly, a lot was lost in the interchange – sex is not the only casualty. We also lost the independent spirit of enquiry. When I read Yoga Sutras of Patanjali or Vasishtha Yoga – I marvel at their thought process and it seems so clear that the modern day “Saints” were but dwarfs in front of them!

    Cheers,
    Desh

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