Ashes of Immortality: Widow-burning in India (2nd ed.)

Ashes of Immortality: Widow-burning in India (2nd ed.)

By: Catherine Weinberger-Thomas (author), Jeffrey Mehlman (translator), David Gordon White (translator)Paperback

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This work attempts to see the satis - the Hindu custom of women sacrificing themselves on the funeral pyres of their husbands - through Hindu eyes, providing an experiential and psychoanalytic account of ritual self-sacrifice and self-mutilation in South Asia. Based on 15 years of fieldwork in northern India, where the state-banned practice of satis re-emerged in the 1970s, as well as textual analysis, Catherine Weinberger-Thomas constructs a radically new interpretation of satis. She shows that their self-immolation transcends gender, caste and class, region and history, representing for the Hindus a path to immortality.

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  • ISBN13: 9780226885698
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780226885698
  • weight: 650
  • ISBN10: 0226885690
  • edition: 2nd ed.

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