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Review Icon ayn reviewed Sati in Issues in Hinduism:
A Hindu custom in India, outlawed and against sacred texts, but practiced nonetheless. According to custom, a widow is so consumed with grief that she sacrifices herself on her dead husbands funeral pyre. It's supposed to be voluntary, but there are many instances in which a woman was forced to commit Sati, sometimes kicking and screaming to her death.
The first woman known as Sati was the consort of Lord Shiva. She burned herself in protest to her father who did not give Shiva the respect she thought he deserved, while burning herself she prayed to be reborn again as the new consort of Shiva, which she became and her name in the new incarnation was Parvati.
It is important to note that she did not burn herself on her husbands pyre. This custom is likely more social than religious. Some believe that Sati was introduced to prevent wives from poisoning their wealthy husbands to marry their real lovers. Another theory says that Sati began with a jealous queen who heard that dead kings were welcomed in heaven by hundreds of beautiful women, called Apsaras. When her husband died, she demanded to be burnt on her dead husband's pyre so as to arrive with him in heaven and prevent the Apsaras from screwing her husband. Important to note that this is only practiced in certain communities, not all over India or by all Hindus.

In case anyone is interested.
http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/hindu/sati.htm
http://www.csuchico.edu/~cheinz/syllabi/asst001/spr ing99/parrilla/parr1.htm

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1326 days ago

This is actually a growing controversy in India. Historically, during the Vedic period, polygamy was neither allowed nor prohibited. Currently, under Hindu Marriage Law, as understood by the constitution of India, polygamy is forbidden for Hindu, Jains, and Sikhs. But in India, this law seems largely dependant on the religion of the individual. Muslims in India can have multiple wives as per their religion. There have been attempts to create a uniform law, but so far, it has been unsuccessful.
This probably would not be a problem, were it not for the fact that Hindu's wanting multiple wives have converted to Islam. It was perceived as such a problem in India that they made a law forbiding any Hindu that converted to Islam from taking a second wife. This effectively makes all Hindu polygamy outlawed. (Officially outlawed, anyway. Many remote areas still practice polygamy regardless.)
Hindus regard the institution of marriage as a sacrament and not just a contract between two persons of opposite sex. This Hindu alliance is as much a union of two families as between two individuals. It's a lifelong commitment and is the strongest social bond between a man and a woman.
Note that marriage is sacrosanct, Hindus believe that marriage is not only a means of continuing the family but also a way of repaying one's debt to the ancestors. The Vedas affirm that a person after the completion of his student life should enter the second stage of life, that is, the Grihastha or life of a householder.
According to the scriptures, a Hindu marriage is indissolvable in life. Polygamy was rampantly practised in ancient Hindu society. In an address by Bhishma to King Yudhishthira in the Mahabharata: "A Brahmana can take three wives. A Kshatriya can take two wives. As regards the Vaishya, he should take a wife from only his own order. The children born of these wives should be regarded as equal." (Anusasana Parva, Section XLIV). But now that polygamy has been completely eradicated by law, monogamy is the only {legal} option for Hindus.

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1466 days ago

Antiquated notion that Many civilizations have Abandoned. Marriage has enough of a Failure rate without Being forced to marry someone you Barely know. Will rate Worse if it involves pedophilia.

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1466 days ago

At first Glance, the Untouchables seem pretty Bad-ass. They sound Like they are above the Law and that no one can bring them Down. Sadly, this is not the Case. The Untouchables literally can not be Touched lest they 'infect' somebody With their karma. This is Classism at it's most Tragic. It is my understanding that They can not even walk in the Shadow of someone in an Upper Caste. That just seems Childish and Petty. Though this practice Has been outlawed, it is my Understanding that it still occurs.

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1510 days ago

Women are always an issue, regardless of society and culture.

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1511 days ago

The religious word for caste is 'varna' each has certain duties and rights. Each must only work in the occupations in which they are allowed, each must only eat a certain diet. To try to change is to invite bad karma and ruin your chances for improvement in the next life.
Each Varna consists of many communities called Jats. Each Varna does consist of different Jats but many of these Jats break up into more communities and each such community refers to itself as different or unique Jat. There are different reasons for these different communities within each Jat.
All the Jats accept that the Brahman Varna is the highest Varna in the hierarchy and the untouchables are outcast and lowest in the hierarchy. But most of the Jats in different Varnas claim to be superior and higher than other Jats. Some of the Jats as stated earlier break up into smaller communities or Jats. In these Jats that break up into different communities, there are communities that look at themselves as superior or higher in hierarchy than other communities. Among the Brahman Varna, there are Jats that consider themselves as superior than other Brahman Jats. Some of the Brahman Jats break up into smaller communities, and between these communities within the Jat there also exist a hierarchy.
Among the outcast there was also the superior status phenomenon in which one outcast Jat considered itself as superior and did not have physically contact with other outcast Jats which it considered as inferior. For example the Mahars in west India considered themselves superior than Dhed and they did not mingle with the Dheds.
Brahmins, the highest caste, were scholars and priests, while Kshatriya were warriors, rulers, and landlords. Vaisya were merchants, while Sudra were manual laborers. Beyond the four Varnas are the Untouchables or Dalit, and the system also has a space for outsiders and foreigners who do not conform with the system.
The Caste System has been illegal in India for more than fifty years, but it continues to shape people’s lives. The Indian government has provided the Harijan a term now popularly used in place of untouchable, with specific employment privileges, and granted them special representation in the Indian parliament. Despite such measures, the Harijan continue to have fewer educational and employment opportunities than Indians from higher castes.

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1949 days ago

It's hard to beat a 6th chakra's knowleadge!

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1949 days ago

It's so healthy it's insane!

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1949 days ago

It's normally balanced!

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1949 days ago

It's not at all dumb in fact it's so smart it's impossible!

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