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Sex, history and today’s sex deprived India!

Posted by Sejal Waghela on

Where we belong?

Who hasn’t heard about the world famous Kamasutra? It is one of the oldest works on sex and intimacy throughout the world. From importance of sex to art of making love to sexual positions, Kamasutra explains it all! It is a Hindu text written in Sanskrit and is believed to be composed between 400 BCE and 200 CE.

India is one of the major contributors to the world history and sex is no exception to that fact. There have been a lot of publications and texts that were originally created in India and then later on translated in different languages by different cultures. It is a known fact that India is culturally and historically rich in all aspects. Also, it is house to a lot of important creation. But some of these creations are against our modern Indian culture. I mean, we all know about the Ajanta caves, a place full of sculptures and human portraits depicted in various sexual positions and situations. But why would our ancestors do such a thing when we know that India is a conservative society where sex was to remain taboo even in 21st century. They must have been crazy to disrespect “Great Indian culture” in such a way.  

The women in most of the stone carvings are naked or partially nude and are held by their partners in various intimate and playful postures. The minute detailing in the sculptures, especially the perfect voluptuous breasts, thin and gorgeous waist, attractive eyes, jeweled up with ornaments and other intricate features are that no on-looker can ignore! The men holding women in various positions which describes the level of intimacy, longing and sexual desires is a view which catches hold of you for a long time.

Another such place is the Khajuraho temples in Madhya Pradesh that are one of the largest groups of medieval monument. They have a row of explicit erotic sculptures in various sex positions with brilliant architecture and intricate carvings. They are also known as the Kamasutra temples. These sculptures show passionate interactions between humans and the change that comes along in their bodies. All the women depicted in the sculptures are busty, broad-hipped, heavily ornamented and seen doing various activities.

We can similarly find some other ancient Vedas and texts that discuss human sexual relationships, behavior, intimate feelings and bonds. Our ancestors have always known that sex is a fundamental part of human life and has tremendous benefits ranging from reproduction (the most basic) to spiritual peace.

How we got to where we are?

Now the question is that if our ancestors were so open about sex and intimacy then how did we end up being where we are today? I have a theory to explain that.

Remember when was the largest Indian empire ever built by an Indian? Right, it was by Great Emperor Ashoka who brought together most of the independent kings across Deccan and Sindh and what not to build largest united Indian empire. But the point is when was it? It was at the same time when Kamasutra was written around 400BC to 200BC. So, the Indian culture was at its peak at the time of Chanakya and Ashoka.

Art and literature flourished and the most important works in art, politics, and science were documented. For most of the past since then India has been invaded and plundered number of times by foreigners, ruling different parts of the country or the entire nation at various points in time. Ranging from Khiljis to Slave dynasties to mughal and then the British, all gave Indians a piece of their brains. In all these 2000 years of slavery, most of the Indian cultural pillars that were opposed to invader’s culture were abolished either by law or my slaughter. We can only guess that our openness to intimacy and sexual practices would have been one of the conflicting beliefs which did not get to see light of the Independence Day.

Where are we today?

In a country like India, where sex has been actually considered important and sacred since the ancient times, we are currently living in a society that does not really want to talk about sex. We are taught never to raise this topic in front of anyone or never speak much about it. People enjoy doing it but judge others who speak about it.

Cleonova’s “stop being hypocrite” initiative encourages people to speak up and stop judging. Our society likes kissing, but no one likes telling. When our ancestors never felt ashamed for speaking or writing about sex or intimacy, why should we look down and whisper whenever we need to speak about it? Learning from the ancient texts and monuments can actually be a boon for us, because unlike our society, they are based on truth and facts. Despite being bold, they’re beautiful and reflect pure affection!

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