[I am not well-informed on sati, my sources are probably more restricted
* "Kendall K. Down" <tbqbv5$2e5o6$1 @dont-email.me
Wrote on Wed, 27 Jul 2022 04:37:43 +0100:
> I'm reading Ibn Battuta at the moment and am up to his visit to
> India. He reports on the practice of suti and recounts seeing it
> The interesting thing is that the three women and the people
> surrounding them clearly expected them to have a self-identity in the
> afterlife and to be able to recognise other people. Not much point in
> giving the woman messages to your dear departed if, immediately after
> death, she is reincarnated as an ant or monkey or something.
> I wonder how old the theory of reincarnation actually is?
textually it first shows up in the upanishads, the Chandogya and
Brihdaranyaka upanishads, as a teaching received by the brahmins from
the kshatriya kings. Verifiably current at the time of Buddha.
I haven't been able to get a sense of the early Egyptian beliefs here
(the bible skeptic
Samuel Sharpe, Egyptian Mythology and Egyptian Christianity, 1863, and
Metempsychosis was known both in Egypt and Greece, but the belief behind
mummification seems to be a resurrection after certain millenia when the
king would get back his original body.
> Incidentally, Ibn Battuta was horrified by what he saw:
No stomach for this. GMF also has a graphic scene in /Flashman and the
Mount of Light/
> It is an interesting commentary that the Muslims, who regarded the
> Hindus with contempt as infidels and who cared if they burned a few
> women alive? did nothing to stop the practice of suti.
I'm not sure this is true. I have a vague recollection that some
mughals did try to curb it.