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Vatsyayana

Little is known about the life of Vatsyayana, but various authorities suggest that he lived in the third century CE. He is believed to have been a devout man who led the life of a religious student of Hinduism. The translation presented in this edition is by Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), the British diplomat, explorer and orientalist who discovered the text in the 19th century and made it available in the West.