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Satī and Widowhood: Satī
(5,551 words)

The word satī has three basic meanings:

1.  a proper name, Satī, the goddess, a previous incarnation of Pārvatī;

2.  an honorific term for a married or saintly woman; and

3.  from the British colonial period onward, a wife who dies by immolation on the funeral pyre of her deceased husband, or the ritual thereof (see below).

This article will briefly note the narratives around Satī and related…

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Courtright, Paul, “Satī and Widowhood: Satī”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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