The Kamasutra Tarot is based on the "textbook of desire" best known as a catalogue of sexual positions. The cards are indeed graphic, but are intended to reflect fourth century attitudes towards sex rather than modern Western views. The imagery across the cards is also deliberately repetitive, so that the subtle cues of posture and body language of the couple are more obvious.
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Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - Lo Scarabeo 2006
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Kamasutra Tarot review by Solandia
The Kamasutra Tarot combines a Tarot structure with 78 images in the style of the ‘textbook of desire’, the ancient Indian book that covers romantic love, the mechanics of sex, the process of finding a wife and more, but is most well-known for its inventive illustrations of sexual positions.
The creation of this 78-card deck was a little unusual: rather than associating a card with each sexual position, Indian artists were commissioned to create images in the same style and character as the original illustrations in the Kamasutra. Twenty-two were chosen, adapted, and related to the twenty-two major arcana cards, and fifty-six images were organised into four suits and then related to the minor arcana meanings. It’s not clear whether the artists were familiar with Tarot and the dec...
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More About These Cards
Name: Kamasutra Tarot
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo 2006
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Mixed
Minor Arcana Style: Unique Scenes Without Suit Symbols
Suits: Chalices, Swords, Wands, Pentacles
Court Cards: Knave, Knight, Queen, King
The Fool is 0
Strength is 11
Justice is 8
Card Size: 2.60 x 4.72 in. = 6.60cm x 12.00cm
Card Language: Spanish, Italian, German, French, English, Dutch
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Tapestry-like pattern in shades of brown, red and blue.
Companion Material: Little white booklet in five languages.