Aladdin and the Kamasutra

To say that British adventurer Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) has seen the World would be an understatement. His journeys took him all across the globe from Africa, Asia to the Americas when much of it was still unexplored.

Burton was an avid student of cultures who wrote and translated several books. It is said that he spoke 29 languages. His most famous English translations could not be more different in subject matter: It’s Arabian Nights (famous for the Aladdin and Sinbad stories) from Arabic and the ancient sex guide Kamasutra from Hindi.



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