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Offline jimsouth

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Has Anyone Ever Heard Of This Practice During A Cremation?
« on: October 16, 2017, 02:16:40 pm »
Something I was told by a WW2 veteran, who served in CBI ( China - Burma - India ). Very grizzly; but I have little reason to doubt him; and if true, I do not know what religion or what sect, of a religion, condoned this. A dozen Americans & another dozen British soldiers were witnessing the cremation of a wealthy man; may have been in India. The man's wife stood by the cremation fire with a small basket of rice. As the corpse was burning, she threw the rice into the fire, one grain at a time, then the empty basket, and then, she simply stepped into to fire with her husband. Nothing the Americans or British could do. 20 or so soldiers, surrounded by hundreds of natives. 
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Re: Has Anyone Ever Heard Of This Practice During A Cremation?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2017, 03:08:20 pm »
I have seen documentaries of this practice associated with the Hindu Religion.  I believe the husband was some form of royalty.  This was many, many years ago, so my memory is vague on all the details.
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Re: Has Anyone Ever Heard Of This Practice During A Cremation?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2017, 10:25:34 pm »
This was a popular practice among royal and wealthy Hindu families in ancient India. It was known as Sati or Suttee Practice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sati_(practice). During the British rule, this practice was banned and finally abolished from the society. In Hinduism scriptures there are mentions of women willingly choosing self immolation on cremation pyre of their husbands. Originally it was voluntary practice chosen by certain women. Later on it was forced upon the women of royal and wealthy family. But as of now, this practice is abolished from India.

 


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