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Sati

Author : Sakuntala Narasimhan
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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.

Revival Suttee 1928

Author : Edward John Thompson
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I suppose the impulse to write this book dates back to my shame and anger in India when men and women of my own race extolled suttee, and the amazement with which I first saw the memorials of Hindu kings, with the sati’s couching forms. But the impulse was slight, and would have slept but for a publisher’s interest. Messrs. Allen & Unwin passed on to me questions asked about suttee by their reader when reporting on my share in Three Eastern Plays. Receiving my reply, they suggested that I should right on this subject.

Sati

Author : Sakuntala Narasimhan
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Sati the Blessing and the Curse

Author : John Stratton Hawley
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Sati symbolizes ultimate loyalty and self-sacrifice. It often figures near the core of a Hindu identity that feels embattled in a modern world. Yet to those who deplore it, sati is a curse, a violation of every woman's womanhood.

Contentious Traditions

Author : Lata Mani
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"An important and disturbing book. Lata Mani has reopened the archives on widow burning in colonial India. Her meticulous reading of contemporary texts . . . is exemplary for its conceptual sophistication. Unsettling and illuminating, this is feminist scholarship at its best."—Ranajit Guha, founding editor Subaltern Studies "Mani's argument that the terms 'tradition' and 'modernity' are inscribed and reinscribed in the bodies of colonized women has forever changed our understandings of patriarchy, nationalism, and colonialism, and indeed redefined the conditions for 'knowing' with respect to these contexts."—Lisa Lowe, author of Immigration Acts "Lata Mani's brilliant and persuasive analysis of official, native and missionary writings on sati in colonial India makes for a new beginning in contemporary analysis of colonial discourse.This is the book that many have waited for. A landmark publication in several fields at once: modern South Asian history, feminist critiques of colonial discourse, and cultural studies."—Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

Ashes of Immortality

Author : Catherine Weinberger-Thomas
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"At last, she arrives at the fatal end of the plank . . . and, with her hands crossed over her chest, falls straight downward, suspended for a moment in the air before being devoured by the burning pit that awaits her. . . ." This grisly 1829 account by Pierre Dubois demonstrates the usual European response to the Hindu custom of satis sacrificing themselves on the funeral pyres of their husbands—horror and revulsion. Yet to those of the Hindu faith, not least the satis themselves, this act signals the sati's sacredness and spiritual power. Ashes of Immortality attempts to see the satis through Hindu eyes, providing an extensive experiential and psychoanalytic account of ritual self-sacrifice and self-mutilation in South Asia. Based on fifteen years of fieldwork in northern India, where the state-banned practice of sati reemerged in the 1970s, as well as extensive textual analysis, Weinberger-Thomas constructs a radically new interpretation of satis. She shows that their self-immolation transcends gender, caste and class, region and history, representing for the Hindus a path to immortality.

Sati

Author : Nidhi Ratna Ahmed
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Immolating Women

Author : Jörg Fisch
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Widow Burning In India, Also Known As Sati, Has Been For Centuries A Widely Known And Hotly Debated Phenomenon, Both Inside And Outside The Country. But Its More Universal Anthropological, Religious, Social And Political Contexts Have Been Neglected. In This Book, Sati Is Studied For The First Time In A Really Global Context. It Is Considered As One Among Many Manifestations Of Following Into Death Within A Ritualized And Public Act, Voluntarily Or Involuntarily. The Decisive Feature Is Thus Not The Manner Of Dying, But The Function And The Intent: That Is, To Accompany A Dead Person Into The Hereafter. The Custom Is Shown To Have Existed In Various Forms In Most Parts Of The World And To Have Combined Strong Beliefs In The Hereafter With Power Struggles In This World, Both Between The Sexes And Between Social Groups.

Sati

Author : Vishwa Nath Datta
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Widows are Not for Burning

Author : Ajit Kumar Ray
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