in india manliness was really glamorous.  kamasutra specifies the aims of a man's life in india. they are 3 in number : virtue or dharma, wealth or artha and love or kama. these 3 must be sought by all men in life.

in order to obtain these 3 aims men must know 64 arts. i give here a list of those arts. the list is not complete. here we go:

2]Playing on musical instruments
 3] Dancing
 4]Union of dancing, singing, and playing instrumental
 5]Writing and drawing
7]Arraying and adorning an idol with rice and flowers
8]Spreading and arranging beds or couches of flowers,
or flowers upon the ground
9]Colouring the teeth, garments, hair, nails and bodies,
i.e. staining, dyeing, colouring and painting the same
10]Fixing stained glass into a floor
    11]The art of making beds, and spreading out carpets and cushions for reclining
    12] Playing on musical glasses filled with water
    13]Storing and accumulating water in aqueducts, cisterns and reservoirs
14] Picture making, trimming and decorating
15]Stringing of rosaries, necklaces, garlands and wreaths
16] Binding of turbans and chaplets, and making crests
    and top-knots of flowers
     17] Scenic representations, stage playing Art of making   
ear ornaments Art of preparing perfumes and odours
  18]Proper disposition of jewels and decorations, and
   adornment in dress
   19] Magic or sorcery
  20]Quickness of hand or manual skill
  21] Culinary art, i.e. cooking and cookery
22] Making lemonades, sherbets, acidulated drinks, and
spirituous extracts with proper flavour and colour
    23]Tailor's work and sewing
    24]Making parrots, flowers, tufts, tassels, bunches,
bosses, knobs, etc., out of yarn or thread
  25]Solution of riddles, enigmas, covert speeches, verbal
puzzles and enigmatical questions
  26]A game, which consisted in repeating verses, and as
  one person finished, another person had to commence at once, repeating    another   verse, beginning with the same letter with which the last speaker's verse ended, whoever failed to repeat was considered to have lost, and to be subject to pay a forfeit or stake of some kind
  27] The art of mimicry or imitation
 28] Reading, including chanting and intoning
29] Study of sentences difficult to pronounce. It is played as a game chiefly by women, and children and consists of a difficult sentence being given, and when repeated quickly, the words are often transposed or badly pronounced
30] Practice with sword, single stick, quarter staff and bow and arrow
31] Drawing inferences, reasoning or inferring
32] Carpentry, or the work of a carpenter
33] Architecture, or the art of building
    34] Knowledge about gold and silver coins, and jewels and jems
35] Chemistry and mineralogy
36] Colouring jewels, gems and beads
37] Knowledge of mines and quarries
38]Gardening; knowledge of treating the diseases of trees and plants, of nourishing them, and determining their ages
39] Art of cock fighting, quail fighting and ram fighting
40] Art of teaching parrots and starlings to speak
41] Art of applying perfumed ointments to the body, and of dressing the hair with unguents and perfumes and braiding it
42] The art of understanding writing in cypher, and the
writing of words in a peculiar way
43] The art of speaking by changing the forms of words.
It is of various kinds. Some speak by changing the
beginning and end of words, others by adding
unnecessary letters between every syllable of a word, and so on
44] Knowledge of language and of the vernacular dialects
45] Art of making flower carriages
46] Art of framing mystical diagrams, of addressing spells and charms, and binding armlets
47] Mental exercises, such as completing stanzas or verses on receiving a part of them; or supplying one, two or three lines when the remaining lines are given indiscriminately from different verses, so as to make the whole an entire verse with regard to its meaning; or arranging the words of a verse written irregularly by separating the vowels from the consonants, or leaving them out altogether; or putting into verse or prose sentences represented by signs or symbols. There are many other such exercises.
48] Composing poems
49] Knowledge of dictionaries and vocabularies
50] Knowledge of ways of changing and disguising the
appearance of persons
51] Knowledge of the art of changing the appearance of
things, such as making cotton to appear as silk, coarse and common things to appear as fine and good
52] Various ways of gambling
53] Art of obtaining possession of the property of others
by means of muntras or incantations
54] Skill in youthful sports
55] Knowledge of the rules of society, and of how to pay respect and compliments to others
56] Knowledge of the art of war, of arms, of armies, etc.
57] Knowledge of gymnastics
58] Art of knowing the character of a man from his
59] Knowledge of scanning or constructing verses
60] Arithmetical recreations
61] Making artificial flowers
62] Making figures and images in clay
these are some of the arts indian men must know in order to obtain virtue, wealth and love. today most of them are lost or most of them exist in another form.
carrying arms
  most indian men in ancient and mediavel period carry arms. you can see the  picure of lord rama, krishna, shivaji, guru govinda singh etc. are carriying arms. in our scripture 4 types of arms are given to 4 castes:
brahmanas(priesets) are given bows and arrows, khatriyas(kings) are given sword, vaisyas(traders) are given sting of iron and shudras (serfs) are given mace. so indian men are armed by scripture and religion. 
this much is for today. in another post i will talk about martial arts of india that indian men played.

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Interesting list of arts.  I don't agree that all of these are necessary for a man to learn, but hey, neither is Minecraft and I enjoy it in my downtime.  I look forward to your next post.


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