The Ananga Ranga

Though written much later, the Ananga Ranga is a companion book to the Kama Sutra. Its recommendations, wisdom, and positions add to the knowledge that came from the Kama Sutra. The sweet, transformative names given to some of the positions described by the Ananga Ranga speak to the possibility of full, erotic expression.

The Ananga Ranga beseeches the man to learn to time himself so that his partner is fully satisfied. By assuming postures or positions that allow him to both pleasure her and control himself, he pleasures her more completely. Women need more arousal time to come to orgasm. The man who can master her orgasmic timing and his own timing is a gift to his partner.

“One of man's chief duties is to learn to withhold himself as much as possible and the same time to hasten the enjoyment of his partner. The desires of the woman are cooler and slower to rouse than those of the man; she is not easily satisfied by a single act of lovemaking. Her slower excitement demands prolonged embraces, and if these are denied her, then she often feels irritated. By the second love-act the passions of the woman become fully aroused and she has a full orgasm; then she can be said to be contented. This state of affairs is reversed in the case of a man, who approaches the first act burning with love-heat, which cools during the second, often leaving him languid and disinclined for a third.” —The Ananga Ranga

Positions of the Ananga Ranga

Here is a taste of some of the positions that the Ananga Ranga has to offer. The names are interesting and often suggestive of transformation and pleasure.

In the Elixir Position, the woman opens her legs up, places her knees and feet fairly high in the air, and the man squats in front of her. He puts both hands on her lower back and buttocks and draws her very near. They can gently rock in this position.

In the Remembrance Wheel Position, the woman lies on her back and the man squats close in between her legs. She puts her legs out on the bed and the man holds them out as far as they will go. He maneuvers her body by manipulating her legs with his hands. Her hands are free to caress him and stimulate her clitoris.

▲ The Remembrance Wheel Position

The Inexhaustible Kindness Position requires the woman to lie with pillows to prop her up and with legs up and knees out. She places her feet near the man's chest and he squats near her. A variation has the man place one of his feet farther forward than the other so that he can get in closer to his lover.

Here is a list of some other Ananga Ranga positions:

  • “She bends well forward and grips the bedstead, her buttocks raised high; cup your hands to serpents' hoods and squeeze her jar-shaped breasts together, this is: The Milk Cow.”

  • “If she lies on her stomach and you seize her ankles in one hand, lift them high and make love, tilting her chin back with your other hand, it is: The Cat.”

  • “She lies on her front, grasping her ankles in her own hands and pulling them up behind her: this difficult posture is known to experts as: The Wrestler.”

  • “Seize her feet and lift them high (like a wheel barrow), drive your penis into her yoni and pleasure her with vigorous strokes: this is The Thunderbolt.”

  • “You kneel, as in archery, take her on your lap and bend her forward till her breasts are pressed to her thighs: this is One Knot.”

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