Here's How We don't talk about it, we don't think about and we most certainly do not know enough about it. And all this is coming from the land of Kama Sutra - what a pity. But things haven't always been like this, for the most part. What we have to keep in mind is that sex now and sex in ancient India was treated very differently.
Sexuality in India
What Sex Was Like In Ancient India
The history of humans in the India subcontinent is extensive, complex, and overflowing with civilizations, cultures, languages, religions, and globally significant figures the historical Buddha, for instance. The people of India have a history of openly embracing sexuality, much of it intrinsically tied to religion. Any history of sex in India would be remiss not examine the Kama Sutra , an ancient text on navigating love, relationships, and sexuality that famous includes a lot of suggested positions. Given its geographical location - isolated by mountains across the north and oceans all around its massive peninsula - India developed as a unique region. Teachers weren't convening classes and creating curriculum to educate the masses, but rather authors, and in some cases, rulers, created resources anyone with access could use to learn about sexuality. Rather than learning about AIDS and condoms, people in India used texts and art to cultivate a holistic view, from basics like what goes where and how should this-and-that be touched to complex philosophical ideas such as how sensuality should work within, and outside of, relationships.
Sex and ancient Indian women: Excerpts from Wendy Doniger's book
India has developed its discourse on sexuality differently based on its distinct regions with their own unique cultures. However, one common aspect remains: the existence of a subtle conspiracy of silence and taboos that clouds the Indian world of sexual desires and expressions. The silence towards India's rich contributions to sexuality is a repercussion of colonial rule and of the Bible. However, from the second half of the 20th century, several significant voices have challenged this silence imposed over sexuality and questioned the roles assigned to desires within the socio-political and artistic fields.
Updated on 16 June, at pm By Atin Sikri. Though India is famously known as the land of Kama Sutra, we are still living in the times where sex is considered a taboo. We can clearly say we are moving backwards, and our definition of sex is becoming more and more regressive. We, being the pioneers of sexual liberation around the world, have more cases of sexual violence against women than most countries.