The Iconography of Sati: An Archaeological Study of Sati Memorial Pillars of Central India

By Ameeta Singh.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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My study collects information of sati as depicted on epigraphical records in rural, central India. I my study, I surveyed some 500 village in this region to collect the information of these monumental expressions of the sati cult.The word sati expressed a romontic picture of a Hindoo wife who has burnt herself on the funeral pyre of her deceased husband. Much research has been done on India's sati custom but, until now, the ephigraphical records have been neglected by the historians (even though they are widely available).

Keywords: Sati, Rural India, Funeral Customs

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.417-434. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.250MB).

Dr. Ameeta Singh

Assistant professor, Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Department, Sarojini Naidu Government Girls College, Barkatuullah university Bhopal, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

I was born in small town in Madhya Pradesh in 1969. After graduating from Banasthali Vidhyapith Women’s University, Rajasthan, I earned a Doctorate under the guidence of Dr.Prakash Vyas at Banasthali Vidhyapith, where I taught as an Assistant Professor of History. My research interest is Cultual History and I presentaly doing my D.Lit on “Sati memorial pillars of central India”. My research has included the political history of Bharatpur state; British Women’s accounts examining the attitude of Memsahib towords the natives during and after the 1857 uprising. I have writtern 15 research papers and one book. I did one international course at Cambridge on myth and reality and colonies and empire.


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