Sati, the Blessing and the Curse The Burning of Wives in India
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Description: Several years ago in Rajasthan, an eighteen-year-old woman was burned on her husband's funeral pyre and thus became sati. Before ascending the pyre, she was expected to deliver both blessings and curses: blessings to guard her family and clan for many generations, and curses to prevent anyone from thwarting her desire to die. Sati also means blessing and curse in a broader sense. To those who revere it, 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. It is murder mystified, and as such, the symbol of precisely what Hinduism should not be. In this volume a group of leading scholars consider the many meanings of sati: in India and the West; in literature, art, and opera; in religion, psychology, economics, and politics. With contributors who are both Indian and American, this is a genuinely binational, postcolonial discussion. Contributors include Karen Brown, Paul Courtright, Vidya Dehejia, Ainslie Embree, Dorothy Figueira, Lindsey Harlan, John Hawley, Robin Lewis, Ashis Nandy, and Veena Talwar Oldenburg.
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Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/8/1994
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
|Language and Transliteration|
|The Iconographies of Sati|
|Comment: A Broader Landscape|
|Die Flambierte Frau: Sati in European Culture|
|Comment: Sati and the Nineteenth-century British Self|
|Perfection and Devotion: Sati Tradition in Rajasthan|
|Comment: Good Mothers and Bad Mothers in the Rituals of Sati|
|The Roop Kanwar Case: Feminist Responses|
|Sati as Profit Versus Sati as a Spectacle: The Public Debate on Roop Kanwar's Death|
|Comment: Widows as Cultural Symbols|
|Comment: The Continuing Invention of the Sati Tradition|
|Afterword: The Mysteries and Communities of Sati|
|Select Glossary of Indic Terms|
|Notes on the Contributors|