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

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Published: 03/11/1994
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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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195077742
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 155 x 235 x 15 mm


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This book is grea? - presents elegant and thoughtful essays on a very disturbing issue, one that my students ask me about endlessly.Martha Ann Selby, Southern Methodist University

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