Sir Francis watched the procession with a sad countenance, and, turning to the guide, said, "A suttee.
A suttee," returned the general, "is a human sacrifice, but a voluntary one.
Indeed it was: I had as good a right to die when my time came as he had: but I should bide that time, and not be hurried away in a suttee
His unwearied labour to promote the social, moral and physical condition of the people of India, his earnest endeavours to suppress idolatry and the rite of suttee
and his constant zealous advocacy of whatever tended to advance the glory of God and the welfare of man live in the grateful remembrance of his countrymen.
On the other hand, one cannot take social norms too far, at least not in a libertarian analysis, since suttee
, the practice of throwing unwilling widows onto funeral pyres was for many years a common occurrence in India, and, yet, certainly, incompatible with the free society.
Consider foot-binding in China, suttee
in India (the custom of a widow committing suicide on her husband's funeral pyre) or slavery in our country.
43) In Bengal (where the VOC had an office at Hooghly), he witnessed a suttee
(sati): "a woman, who stepped into the fire to be burned alive, after the death of her husband.
There are good traditions, bad traditions pilloried in such famous literary stories as Franz Kafka's "In the Penal Colony" and Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," bad traditions that are historical realities such as cannibalism, foot-binding, and suttee
, and traditions that from a public-policy standpoint are neither good nor bad (such as trick-or-treating on Halloween).
the untouchables) from economic exploitation and Mughal-level taxation, the subcontinent from Russian, Pashtun, or Japanese incursions, the people from barbaric practices such as thuggee (the murder of travelers) and suttee
(the practice of burning wives on their husband's funeral pyre), and the minority Muslims from the majority Hindus, all the while using the then-incomparable power of the Royal Navy to keep global trading routes open.
However, some cultures celebrate--among other horrors too numerous to mention--human sacrifice, suttee
, cannibalism, and slavery.
Male child circumcision, like other once-accepted practices such as slavery, suttee
, and arranged marriage before it, is a dated practice unfit for a truly free society and should therefore be abolished in the legal code and from modern religious practices.
La palabra se anglinizo a suttee
, y es el rito de autoinmulacion de las viudas en la tumba funeraria de sus maridos.