The Kama Sutra 9. How to bite
Part 1. On Sexual Congress 9. Of Biting.
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xAll the places that can be kissed, are also the places that can be bitten, except the upper lip, the interior of the mouth, and the eyes. The qualities of good teeth are as follows: they should be equal, possessed of a pleasing brightness, capable of being colored, of proper proportions, unbroken, and with sharp ends.
The defects of teeth on the other hand, are that they are blunt, protruding from the gums, rough, soft, large, and loosely set.
The following are the different kinds of biting: the hidden bite; the swollen bite; the point; the line of points; the coral and the jewel; the line of jewels; the broken cloud; the biting of the boar.
1) The biting which is shown only by the excessive redness of the skin that is bitten, is called the ‘hidden bite’.
2) When the skin is pressed down on both sides, it is called the ‘swollen bite’.
3) When a small portion of the skin is bitten with two teeth only, it is called the ‘point’.
4) When such small portions if the skin are bitten with all the teeth, it is called the ‘line of points’.
5) The biting done by bringing together the teeth and the lips, is called the ‘coral and the jewel’. The lip is the coral, and the teeth the jewel.
6) When biting is done by all the teeth, it is called the ‘line of jewels’.
7) The biting which consists of unequal rising in a circle, and which comes from the space between teeth, is called the ‘broken cloud’. This is impressed on the breasts.
8) The biting which consists of many broad rows of marks near to one another, and with red intervals, is called the ‘biting of a boar’. This is impressed on the breasts and the shoulders; and these two last modes of biting are peculiar to persons of intense passion.
The lower lip is the place on which the ‘hidden bite’, the ‘swollen bite’ and the ‘point’ are made; again, the ‘swollen bite’ and the ‘coral and the jewel’ bite are done on the cheek. Kissing, pressing with the nail, and biting are the ornaments of the left cheek, and when the word cheek is used it is to be understood as the left cheek. Both the ‘line of points’ and the ‘line of jewels’ are to be impressed on the throat, the armpit, and the joints of the thighs; but the ‘line of point’ alone is to be impressed on the forehead and the thighs.
The marking with the nails, and the biting of the following things viz. And ornament of the forehead, an ear ornament, a bunch of flowers, a betel leaf, or a tamala leaf, which are worn by or belong to the woman that is beloved, are signs of the desire of enjoyment. Among the things mentioned above viz. Embracing, kissing, etc. those which increase passion should be done first, and those which are only for amusement or variety should be done afterwards.
There are also some verses on this subject as follows: ‘When a man bites a woman forcibly, she should angrily do the same to him with double force. Thus a ‘point’ should be returned with a ‘line of points’, and a ‘line of points’ with a ‘broken cloud’, and if she be excessively chafed, she should at once begin a love quarrel with him. At such a time she should take hold of her lover by the hair, and bend his head down, and kiss his lower lip, and then, being intoxicated with love, she should shut her eyes and bite him in various places.
Even by day, and in a place of public resort, when her lover shows her any mark that she may have inflicted on his body, she should smile at the sight of it, and turning her face as if she were going to chide him, she should show him with angry look the marks on her own body that have been made by him. Thus, if men and women act according to each other’s liking, their love for each other will not be lessened even in one hundred years.’