Sati, The Blessing And The Curse: The Burning Of Wives In India

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Sati, the Blessing and the Curse: The Burning of Wives in India

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.

Specifications of Sati, the Blessing and the Curse: The Burning of Wives in India

GENERAL
BindingPaperback
LanguageEnglish
Edition1
ISBN-100195077741
ISBN-139780195077742
PublisherOxford University Press
Number Of Pages232
Publication Date1994-09-08
DIMENSIONS
Height6.13 inch.
Length9.25 inch.
Width0.54 inch.
Weight0.75 pounds.

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