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

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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.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-202) and index.

About the Author

John Stratton Hawley is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Barnard College, and Director of the South Asian Institute at Columbia University. He is the editor of Songs of the Saints of India (Oxford, 1988) and Fundamentalism and Gender (Oxford, 1993), as well as numerous other books on Indian religion and literature.

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ISBN:
9780195077742
Subtitle:
The Burning of Wives in India
Editor:
Hawley, John Stratton
Editor:
Hawley, John Stratton
Author:
Hawley, John Stratton
Author:
null, John Stratton
Other:
Columbia University
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
Sati
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
World History - India
Copyright:
Series Volume:
map I-2281-A
Publication Date:
19940908
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 halftones, 1 map
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.27x6.10x.57 in. 1.05 lbs.

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