Sati: Historical and Phenomenological Essays

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Motilal Banarsidass, Jan 1, 1988 - History - 130 pages
The phenomenon of Sati, on account of its dramatic and tragic element, has always commanded considerable attention. This has not always been complemented by adequate analysis. Even when the treatment of the subject has transcended sensationalism, it has not always been sufficiently nuanced. This book hopes to remedy this situation by bringing to bear on the topic (whose relevance the recent recurrences of the phenomena have highlighted) a measure of methodological sophistication which was not possible prior to the emergence of the History of Religions as a discipline.
 

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Contents

PREFACE ху
1
The Role of the Brāhmaṇas in the Commission of Sati
25
The Scriptural Sanction for Sati in Hinduism
31
The Identification of a New Form of Sati
39
Native Response
49
Christian Missionary
57
Its Role in the Abolition of Sati
67
Sati Widowhood and Yoga
73
Notes
85
Bibliography
115
Sanskrit Index
121
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