Living the Good Life! | Archaeology Now 2019-2020 Season Opening Lecture


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The Kama Sutra — Challenging the Stereotype


Everybody wants to have a good life.  But what does that mean?  Hindus believe that one part of a good life is kama, a broad term that covers esthetic and sensual pleasure, desire, affection, love–and sex. 

Some 2,000 years ago, possibly around the 2nd century CE, an Indian philosopher named Vātsyāyana wrote a text called the Kama Sutra (a sutra is a scripture), seven books of prose and poetry that teach the kama aspects of a well-lived life.  In describing that life and how a well-off gentleman or lady would live it, however, Vātsyāyana also gave us a unique anthropological work, a rare portrait of an affluent ancient society that recognized the need to live a life in harmony.

We Dispel Myths and Open Horizons

Next week, Thursday September 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Archaeology Now opens its 2019-2020 series devoted to our STORIES by presenting Dr. Sushma Jansari of the British Museum.

  Discover a much more complex story about living a good life as Dr. Jansari dispels stereotypes by placing the Kama Sutra in context and shows how the Kama Sutra has influenced Indian culture down to the present–far more strait-laced–day. 

We’re grateful to Pondicheri Café for their support of this event. 

Get your tickets now by calling 713.639.7771 or online at MFAH Box Office

Kamasutra vatsyayana Oriental Collection (CC by SA 4.0 / Welllcome Trust )