By John Stratton Hawley
Numerous years in the past in Rajasthan, an eighteen-year-old girl used to be burned on her husband's funeral pyre and hence grew to become sati. earlier than ascending the pyre, she was once anticipated to convey either benefits and curses: advantages to protect her relatives and extended family for plenty of generations, and curses to avoid somebody from thwarting her wish to die. Sati additionally capability blessing and curse in a broader experience. to people who revere it, sati symbolizes final loyalty and self-sacrifice. It frequently figures close to the center of a Hindu identification that feels embattled in a contemporary global. but to people who deplore it, sati is a curse, a contravention of each woman's womanhood. it really is homicide mystified, and as such, the logo of accurately what Hinduism will not be be.
In this quantity a bunch of prime students think about the numerous meanings of sati: in India and the West; in literature, artwork, and opera; in faith, psychology, economics, and politics. With individuals who're either Indian and American, this can be a really binational, postcolonial dialogue. members comprise Karen Brown, Paul Courtright, Vidya Dehejia, Ainslie Embree, Dorothy Figueira, Lindsey Harlan, John Hawley, Robin Lewis, Ashis Nandy, and Veena Talwar Oldenburg.