Sati: Widow Burning in India

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Doubleday, 1992 - History - 202 pages
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Sati--the burning of a widow on her husband's funeral pyre--has for centuries been one of the few ways in which women of India could achieve renown, respect, and even deification. This eye-opening work exposes what this still persistent ritual (officially outlawed in 1829) reveals about this society and about the women who choose or are forced to become sati. 8-page insert.

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For 2500 years it was not uncommon for widows to be burned alive with the corpses of their husbands on funeral pyres in India. British officials prohibited the practice in the 19th century, but the ... Read full review


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