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From: sampath kumar (sampathkumar_2000_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Nov 28 1999 - 21:54:36 PST
Dear members, adiyen learns from newspaper report that even these days, (in fact just a few weeks ago!) in parts of India (like a village in UP, India) the practice of "sati" (widow immolating herself on husband's funeral pyre) is not uncommon. Even as late as 17th century CE "sati" was widely prevalent in India (more in the north than south, of course). In the 10th to 14th century it might have been quite common. adiyen would like to learn from members if they know of any reference in history to SriRamanujAchArya or other SriVaishnava achAryAs (preceding or succeeding him) having any known and public views on "sati" and whether they came out for or against it. adiyen knows that the AzhwArs and Ramanuja were insightful social commentators too in their own right. They commented widely for example on a brahminical society's severe treatment of "under-castes". They had plenty to say against the empty "ritualisms" of meemAmsakAs and the "dogmas" of advaitic orthodoxy. But adiyen has not come across any references in history or religious literature to their utterances on the social practice of "sati". Also adiyen would like to know if any of you have any idea if "sati" in those days had Vedic basis or not. Any pramANams? Thanks, dAsan, Sampathkumaran __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Thousands of Stores. Millions of Products. All in one place. Yahoo! Shopping.