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When a lover becomes passionate, pressing and scratching the body with the nails is practised, and it is done on the following occasions:
  • On the first visit
  • At the time of setting out on a journey
  • On the return from a journey
  • At the time when an angry lover is prepared to accept
  • When the woman is intoxicated
But pressing with the nails is not a usual thing except with those who are intensely passionate. It is employed, together with biting. Pressing with the nails is of the eight following kinds, according to the forms of the marks, which are produced
  • Sounding
    When a person presses the chin, the breasts, the lower lip, or the pubis of another so softly that no scratch or mark is left, but only the hair on the body becomes erect and the nails themselves make a sound, it is called a "sounding or pressing with the nails." This pressing is used in the case of a young girl when her lover shampoos her, scratches her head, and wants to trouble or frighten her. 
  • Half moon
    The curved mark with the nails on the neck and the breasts, is called " the half-moon." 
  • A circle
    When the half-moons are impressed opposite each other, it is called a "circle." This mark with the nails is generally made on the navel, the small cavities about the buttocks, and on the joints of the thigh.
  • A line
    A mark in the form of small line, which can be made on any part of the body, is called a "line." 
  • A tiger's nail or claw
    This same line, but curved, and made on the breast, is called a "tiger 's nail." 
  • A peacock's foot
    When a curved mark is made on the breast by means of the five nails, it is called a "peacock's foot." It requires a great deal of skill to make it properly.
  • The jump of a hare
     When five marks with the nails are made close to one another near the nipple of the breast, it is called "the jump of a hare." 
  • The leaf of a blue lotus
    A mark made on the breast or on the hips in the form of a leaf of the blue lotus, is called the "leaf of a blue lotus."
  • When a person is going on a journey, and makes a mark on the thighs, or on the breast, it is called a "token of remembrance." On such an occasion three or four lines are impressed close to one another with the nails.
The places that are to be pressed with the nails are
  • The arm pit
  • The throat
  • The breasts
  • The lips
  • The pubis or middle parts of the body
  • The thighs
But Suvarnanabha an author is of the opinion that when the severity of passion is excessive, then the places need not be considered.
Marking with the nails
  • The ancient authors say that there are innumerable ways of making these marks and as pressing or marking with the nails is independent of love, no one can say with certainty how many different kinds of marks with the nails do actually exist.
  • The reason for this is, Vatsyayana says, that as variety is necessary in love, love is to be produced by means of variety.
  • The marks of the nails should not be made on married women, but particular kinds of marks may be made on their private parts for the remembrance and increase of love.
  • Even when a stranger sees at a distance a young woman with the marks of nails on her breast, he is filled with love and respect for her.
  • A man, also, who carries the marks of nails and teeth on some parts of his body, influences the mind of a woman.
  • All the places that can be kissed are also the places that can be bitten, except,
    • The upper lip
    • The interior of the mouth
    • The eyes