Kama Sutra: preliminary notes
Most people are misled to believe that Kama Sutra is a book full of sexual instruction and poses. It is not! Among Indologists Vatsyayana’s work is known as a serious academic work. Maybe you can compare his work to scientific works in sociology and/ or anthropology. Or even more appropriate, IMHO, to see Vatsyayana in his ancient Indian context as you see Sigmund Freud in his Victorian era contemporaries.
Since demythologization has been one of my lifelong dedication, I decided to read the latest translation of Vatsyayana’s work by Prof. Alain Daniélou, a French Indologist. I read the (obsolete) Victorian translation by Sir Richard Burton a couple of years ago. Yet, the newer translation should offer new insights. Not only Daniélou worked on an unabridged version of Kama Sutra, he also included the commentaries – also considered as important reading material in Indian philosophy – by Yashodhara in the 12th century and by Devadatta Shastri in modern Hindi.