This compact introduction to the text includes contextual material as well as an outline of the original text, the latter being interspersed with ethnographic/anthropological commentaries. Besides these commentaries in the Kamasutra text itself the contextual apparatus deals with time and culture of the Kamasutra, other works of Kamasastra literature, the work´s relation to, and exchange with, other types of literature (such as ritual, medical, literary (kavya) etc.). A last chapter discusses ´new applications´, i.e. applied and comical books using the Kamasutra marker to project diverse material into it. Also, the work´s reception in western countries is discussed, including literature (Goethe, H. Hesse etc.) and opera, as well as innovative texts such as Lee Siegel´s unorthodox translation and augmentation of the Kamasutra.
Keywords: Kamasutra and culture, culture and Kamasutra, Vatsyayana, M., context of Kamasutra, Siegel, L., indology and anthropology