Year: 1989 Source: Journal of Women's History, v.1, no.2, (Fall 1989), p.8-33 SIEC No: 19910533

This article details the practice of sati, or the Indian custom of immolating a wife on the funeral pyre of her husband. The British outlawed sati in 1829, & the author discusses the British documentation of sati, & its political implications. The author discusses the reasons for sati, & concludes that women felt the long-term spititual rewards of sati were more valuable than a continued life of marginal existence & poverty. (VM)