Join the Religious Studies Department, English Department, and Center for Arts & Humanities for a talk by Paul B. Courtright of Emory University!
The goddess Sati, wife of Shiva, is remembered for self-immolation in her father’s fire sacrifice, protesting his rejection of her husband’s share in its benefits. Since the advent of British colonial rule sati has served as the term for a Hindu wife who is immolated on the cremation fire of her deceased husband. After sati was abolished in Bengal in 1829 sati figured as an atrocity of a patriarchal regime appropriating religion for its legitimacy.
Examining sacred narratives and iconographies this lecture will explore perspectives which continue to haunt Hindu understandings of sacrifice, power and gender.