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Why Hindu Women Kill Themselves At The Funeral of Their Dead Husband

A lifelong commitment in some cultures, and perhaps all cultures around the world, once a man and a woman come together, whether through religion or tradition, they are expected to remain together for as long as possible after their union is solemnized. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, as many people frequently divorce their spouse for a variety of reasons ranging from infidelity to incompatibility to irreconcilable differences and unresolvable conflicts. However, most marriages come to an end at the point of death, and anything that occurs after death is considered null and void. When a woman passes away, a man may be relieved of his responsibilities to her or of the exclusive right he enjoyed as a result of his marriage to her, depending on the circumstances. As evidenced by the proverb "Till death do us part," it is important to note that death is a factor that separates a man from his spouse.

However, in some cultures around the world, particularly some that are well-known and observed in India, even death is not enough to separate a man from his wife. Some cultures believe that when a man or a woman dies while still in a marriage, their partner is obligated to immediately join them in the afterlife. This may seem strange, but it is true in some cultures. It goes without saying that this belief appears to derive from the idea of religion or simply cultural practices which often hold that when humans die, they do not simply pass away but are transported to another plane where life continues in another realm. While some believe that humans die only to be reincarnated, others believe that humans die only to be reincarnated.


Whatever belief system these strange cultures adhere to, it appears to be the driving force behind their desire to take their partners with them when they leave the world behind. It is called Sati in India, where it is a strange and possibly morbid practice that can be found in places such as the country. According to some sources, the process, ritual, or process of Sati involves a woman who has recently been widowed taking the initiative or immolating herself with her husband's funeral pyre, as well as a man who has recently been widowed. In some Indian tribes or groups, where funerals are conducted by burning the body of the deceased into ashes, the lady who was left behind is frequently required to join her husband on the funeral pyre as his body is being burned.


This means that a woman is expected to accompany her husband to the cemetery as he passes away. In fact, several religious texts and writings make reference to the existence of this practice and provide specific instructions on how it should be carried out in the proper manner. At one period or another, the practice was widespread across Indian communities. This rite is described in detail in the texts, including who is permitted to execute it, why they are expected to do so, and how they are expected to do so. The scriptures even include specific directions on what they must wear when performing the Rite and what they must do to guarantee that it is carried out properly and appropriately. Strange, but to be honest, it is also rather interesting when thoroughly investigated.



Ordinary people would think that people merely want women to die beside their husbands or wives, but the truth is that this idea has roots that stretch back centuries in these communities, and it is likely connected with their overall belief system. Believing that one can materialize in another dimension after death implies that one can retain the possessions he or she had in the universe in which he or she previously resided. This basic concept guided their selections; they feel that because we are about to enter another realm, why not bring our beloved along with us as well?


There are certain exceptions to this rule, though. Women who are pregnant, according to documented sources, are exempt from participating in the process. It is interesting to note that, while the woman is expected to die or be burned beside her husband's body on the pyre, she is also expected to do so while dressed in her full wedding gown. This process shows that, even though she is about to die, she is not dying in a vacuum, but rather is reliving the process of marriage from the beginning. It's almost as if a woman is reliving her wedding day with her husband from the grave over and again. It has been said that this method of production has been around for quite some time, at least a few centuries, and that it may be traced back to as early as 400 CE.

The belief also holds that the death of a woman inevitably transforms her into a goddess, known as a Sati, in some form of a Deity's presence. While she is transformed into this figure or deity, it is widely considered that she deserves to be venerated and revered as a result of her tremendous sacrifice and readiness to leave the world behind for her lover. However, after many years of such acts, it was barred and outlawed by the British government, which had initially prohibited it in India in 1829, when the practice was first prohibited.


Sources;

https://guardian.ng/life/sati-the-widow-burning-culture-in-india/#:~:text=Introduced%20between%20320%20to%20550,the%20purest%20form%20of%20love.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sati_(practice)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/theculturetrip.com/asia/india/articles/the-dark-history-behind-sati-a-banned-funeral-custom-in-india/%3famp=1

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