Satī and Widowhood: Widowhood
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The “plight” of the Indian widow – or, more specifically, the Hindu widow – has long captured the public imagination both inside and outside India. This is because widowhood in Hindu India is associated with vivid images: the satī of the widow who burns on her husband’s funeral pyre, the child widow, and the ascetic widow, including those who congregate in holy pilgrimage centers, such as Varanasi and Vrindavan. Th…

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Marty Chen, “Satī and Widowhood: Widowhood”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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