Topics: Hinduism, Hindu, Cattle Pages: 4 (1760 words) Published: June 18, 2006
Satimata worship
Sati is defined as "good women or a good wife," woman don't act sati, she became a sati by jumping into husband's funeral pyre and burned with him. It is been a long religious belief and practice in India. In Hindu mythology, began as an act of defiance; Sati immolated herself because her father, Daksha would not accept a filthy, ragged, serpent – adorned ascetic as her husband, Siva. Sati became really angry at her father and her anger "sat," also defines as pure woman power makes fire on her body and burned her. Sati exercised her free choice in face of patriarchal oppression and preferred to die instead of accepting the decisions thrust upon her by apparently respectable, "we-known-better" adults. Sati is very honorable act and when woman became a sati, they become respectable by people, family and become a goddess who looks out for her family. However, there have been long gone questions about if it is right act to give a freedom to women. For, people from outside of Hindu culture might think it is crazy thing to do and impossible thing to do, and not right to let those women burn to death. Although it is not common as before and became illegal act in India, still now, at some place, it is occurring. Even thought this act is completely up to woman's will, because it seems too terrifying, it is hard to strangers that it happens voluntarily. For this human rights problem, UN tries to against this practice. But are we right to just say you can not do this practice anymore because it is against human right? How do we know that it is against human rights? Then, because we are strangers and have different thoughts and aspects, should we just leave this up to them? In order to understand this practice, we need to know and try to think from their side of view.

For Hindi people, sati serves women as an accessible ideal, for she has become a sati by fulfilling the role that they aspire to fulfill. As I mentioned above, the transformation of...
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