Satī and Widowhood: Satī
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The word satī has three basic meanings:

a proper name, Satī, the goddess, a previous incarnation of Pārvatī;
an honorific term for a married or saintly woman; and
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 …

Cite this page
Paul Courtright, “Satī and Widowhood: Satī”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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