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 (sŭ-tē′, sŭt′ē′)
Variant of suttee.
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a funeral ritual in which a Hindu widow who offers herself on the funeral pile alongside her husband's bodya Hindu widow who offers herself on the funeral pile alongside her husband's body
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or sa•ti

(sʌˈti, ˈsʌt i)

n., pl. -tees or -tis.
1. the self-immolation of a Hindu widow on the funeral pyre of her husband: now proscribed by law in India.
2. a widow who so immolates herself.
[1780–90; < Skt satī good woman, woman devoted to her husband]
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References in classic literature ?
"Sati," Van Horn read, his finger marking the place, his eyes alternating watchfully between the writing and the black chief before him, while the black chief himself speculated and studied the chance of getting behind him and, with the single knife-thrust he knew so well, of severing the other's spinal cord at the base of the neck.
Van Horn had paid the money where it was due; Nau-hau, by virtue of kingship, had robbed Sati's father of Sati's labour before Van Horn's eyes.
Him fella Sati buy 'm slop chest along plantation two tens pounds and one fella pound.
Van Horn glanced for verification to Nau-hau, who nodded affirmation in the reverse Solomon way; whereupon Van Horn counted twenty-six gold sovereigns into the hand of Sati's father.
"Plenty work him fella Sati, long time," Nau-hau drove to the point.
Now, Salk Institute researchers have developed a new tool -- dubbed SATI -- to edit the mouse genome, enabling the team to target a broad range of mutations and cell types.
Sati said his party had carried out massive sensitisation and mobilisation for the poll, hence, would win it by a wide margin.
He said: "To end wrong traditions and wrong practices, this country first ended child marriage, Sati system, and other such practices.
All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) in a press release said yesterday that Aziz Sati served the Akhbar Farosh fraternity for 17 years as president of the union and worked hard to contribute towards the welfare of the community.
The custom of sati was banned by the British in 1829.
From Rajput women burning at the pyre of their dead husbands in the inglorious tradition of Sati to onslaught of a naked culture prescribed and promulgated by Bollywood to mass scale infanticide of girl children, India has to not only clean up its past, but also find a way out into the future, as the present is laced with the minefield of suffocating space for Indian women.
While the contentious matters I examine here derive from dissimilar cultural and historical settings, there are parallels in the ways that sati and child sacrifice have been addressed in the respective religious traditions and the related interpretative discourses.