Padmaśrī's Nāgarasarvasva and the World of Medieval Kāmaśāstra

Journal of Indian Philosophy 39 (1):41-62 (2011)
This essay focuses on a neglected and important text, the Nāgarasarvasva of Padmaśrī, as an index to the changing contours of kāmaśāstra in the early second millennium (1000-1500) CE. Focusing on a number of themes which linked Padmaśrī’s work with contemporary treatises, the essay argues that kāmaśāstra incorporated several new conceptions of the body and related para-technologies as well as elements of material and aesthetic culture which had become prominent in the cosmopolitan, courtly milieu. Rather than seeing this development as an attenuation of the earlier science as constituted by Vātsyāyana’s Kāmasūtra, it is possible to see that kāmaśāstra actually developed closer relations with fields of knowledge that had long developed alongside it
Keywords Kāmaśāstra   Nāgarasarvasva   Ratirahasya   Pañcasāyaka  Body technologies  Aesthetics   Alaṁkāraśāstra   Saṅketa   Hāva   Bhāva   Nāyikābheda  Conjugal love  Courtly love  Sex  Astronomy  Physiognomy   Mantra   Nāḍī
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DOI 10.1007/s10781-010-9116-6
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