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Suttee

Edward John Thompson

Suttee

a historical and philosophical enquiry into the Hindu rite of widow-burning

by Edward John Thompson

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Published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. in London .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Sati

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Edward Thompson.
    SeriesSAMP early 20th-century Indian books project ;, item 08770.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsMicrofilm PIM-ENG-510 (H)
    The Physical Object
    FormatMicroform
    Pagination165 p.
    Number of Pages165
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL326681M
    LC Control Number97907711

    If I can know when it will be I will not fail to go to see her and by my presence honour her Funeral with that compassionate affection which so great Conjugal Fidelity and Love seem to me to deserve. The self-immolation of recently bereaved wives on their husbands' funeral pyres confronted the British in India with central questions about the obligations of the colonizer to the colonized, respect for other cultures, and questions of gender that had important implications for British women. But does the abominable custom in question form part of Hindu institutions? Similar regulations were enacted in the following year in Madras and Bombay. God may have hidden himself at such times, says Peggs, "but 'Thou doest all things well,'" he concludes, managing to believe that even the deaths of his children "shall best promote thy purposes of mercy in Orissa" A History,

    She moans and tells him that it must have been her fault that her husband was killed. Daksha dislikes Shiva. I studied records of the shrines dedicated to women who had committed suttee. When a husband has several lawful wives, as often happens in the caste of the rajas, the wives sometimes dispute as to who shall have the honour of accompanying their common husband to the funeral pyre, and the Brahmans who preside at the ceremony determine which shall have the preference. She makes it clear that the people in her community approve of what she is doing and that she is not doing it out of love. How can she convince the town that their centuries-old tradition is cruel and barbaric, that a widowed young woman deserves the right to live?

    Immediately after the funeral car followed the widow, borne in a richly decorated palanquin. Had Bentinck been no more than a soldier, his course would have been clear. It is impossible for me to describe the finishing scenes of this dreadful ceremony without feelings of distress. Naturally, the extraordinary and unearthly spectacle throws the onlookers into utter confusion.


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Suttee book

In Jane Eyreso often cited for its proto-feminismthe heroine's refusal "to be hurried away in a suttee" is only the most obvious reference to the issue.

The obstinate princess turned a deaf ear to all the pressing entreaties of her relatives; and ultimately the deceased was obliged to depart alone to the other world.

During the long period of my stay in India, I do not recall two Hindu marriages characterized by a union of hearts and displaying true and mutual attachment. Every mother who read Sigourney's poem would have been able to relate to it because of that mother-child image. She said that an eighteen-year-old Indian woman, named Roop Kanwar, had immolated herself on the pyre of her dead husband.

There she biddeth farewell to the friends who are with her, the which encourage her good spirit; over the mat, into the fire, she throweth a pilang, that is, a rice-stamper, and a sioup, or little fan wherewith the rice is fanned when it is stamped, and also other things that women commonly use there in their houses; on her head she bath a pot of oil, a part whereof she herself poureth over her head; and meanwhile she uttereth the name of God continually.

This being done, and having been clad, in the pool, with a shroud of yellow colour, she cometh forth from the water and goeth joyfully toward the place where she shall spring into the fire.

She needs support in the funeral procession not because of grief, but because she has been given intoxicants to prevent her from resisting her fate. Suttee in the twentieth century? When, now, they hold the cloth before the pit, they give the wife somewhat in a shell; the which when I asked of the heathen that stood by what it was, they said that it was poison.

The Settrea and the Soudra sometimes hold it for their custom to give the women somewhat with their betel whereby they be half-robbed of their senses, so that they may not become afflicted in spirit at their approaching pain and anguish, and seek to recall their word.

Critically and carefully I analyzed the photographs of Sati temples and studied the engravings, drawings, and paintings of the goddess Sati and the suttee ritual that had been made by British, European, and Indian artists and travelers.

I studied records of the shrines dedicated to women who had committed suttee.

Lord William Bentinck

Dear Weekend, The best thing was when Olivia found me and we hit the streets. With the passage of the new legislation, many widows must indeed have been saved from this ordeal, if not in such a spectacular fashion.

He finds Shiva unconventional and unkempt. It seemeth, in sooth, a wondrous thing that the women can let themselves be persuaded to such extreme pain, and to plight their word thereto; but it cometh to pass through the leasing tongues of the Bramines, who not only set before them the examples of them that have done this, but also say that they can do much good thereby to their husbands whom they held dear; since if, for love and single affection, they let themselves be burnt with their dead husbands, not only shall this tend marvellously to their weal in the world to come, but they shall also release their husbands, even were they godless, from the pain of hell.

The passion which Page he felt for the younger of his wives, who was extremely beautiful, overcame all fear of death; and, in spite of the fact that for several days she continued to represent to him the dire results that must necessarily follow his incontinency, he yielded at last to the violence of his love; and immediately the curse fell upon him.

She has vowed that she will never let it happen again. As a nine-year-old, Kumud witnessed the brutal and horrifying suttee ritual when her beloved aunt immolated herself on the burning pyre of her dead husband.

I read the history and mythology of the namesake goddess, spelled Sati. In Edward Thompson conducted a "Historical and Philosophical Enquiry" into it, seeing it "as relic of once widely spread savagery Derivation of any income from such activities is also banned.

But does the abominable custom in question form part of Hindu institutions? However, despite the involvement of important Hindus like Rajah Rammohun Roy and Iswarachandra Vidyasagra, and Bentinck's consultations with his Sepoy officers, the publicity surrounding this and other issues did serve to stigmatise Hinduism generally, and to reinforce superior attitudes towards it.

But when the time comes for such a woman to go down into the pit, she is helped or propelled by an elder again, probably the officiating Brahminwho presses down on her shoulders. There is no question of coercion in this next picture.

Despite British professions of horror and the untiring efforts of enlightened Hindus, especially the Bengali reformer Rajah Rammohun Royit was not until December that a later Evangelically-inclined Governor-General, Lord William Bentinckhaving surveyed his Indian officers first to test their reaction, finally made suttee illegal in his second year of office see Peers.

These women's husbands, too, were not yet dead, and a jauhar, as the preemptive act was called, was a communal one involving children, the sick and the elderly as well.

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