CONTENTIOUS TRADITIONS THE DEBATE ON SATI IN COLONIAL INDIA PDF

Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. Author(s): Lata Mani. Source: Cultural Critique, No. 7, The Nature and Context. Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. By LATA MANI. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, Pp. xiv + $ (paper ). Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India, by Lata Mani,. Berkeley, University of California Press, Pp. xiv + This important book – a.

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SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. Lata Mani has reopened the archives on widow burning in colonial India. While the chief players in the debate argued over the religious basis of sati and the fine points of scriptural interpretation, the testimonials of women at the funeral pyres consistently addressed, the material hardships and societal expectations attached to widowhood.

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The Company saw customary practices as “degraded,” “superstitious,” and ensuring the “corrupt” power of Brahmin priests. Though the prohibition of widow burning in was heralded as a key step forward for women’s emancipation in modern India, Lata Mani argues that the women who were burned were marginal to the debate and that the controversy was over definitions of Hindu tradition, the place of ritual in religious worship, the civilizing missions of colonialism and evangelism, and the proper role of the colonial state.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. And although historiography has traditionally emphasized the colonial horror of satia fascinated ambivalence toward the practice suffused official discussions.

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The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on satior widow burning, in colonial India. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

Bampton’s eyewitness account of sati performed by an “infatuated woman” recorded insome five years before the British colonial regime outlawed this “dreadful rite” inrepresents a common missionary discourse found in most accounts: Mani radically revises colonialist as well as nationalist historiography on the social reform of women’s status in the colonial period and clarifies the complex and contradictory character of missionary writings on India.

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Publisher’s Summary “Contentious Traditions” analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India. University of California Press, Publication date ISBN hbk. This exclusion of woman as subject framed the patriarchal discourse both of British colonial officials and indigenous interlocutors.

In this debate between contenfious among EIC [End Page ] officials and indigenous male elite, “women are neither subjects nor Chapter 2 explores the discursive specificities–“competing versions of modernity”–that framed indigenous male discourse on sati.

A scene, contenttious most perfectly hellish that we ever saw, was presented as way was made for the woman to the pit, and its margin was left clear; she advanced to the edge facing her husband, and two or three times waved her right hand; she then hastily walked round the pit, and in one place I thought the flames caught her legs; having completed the circle, she again waved debste hand as before, and then jumped into the fire. The history of widow burning is one of paradox.

About the Book Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on satior widow burning, in colonial India. This is the book that many have waited for.

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While the chief players in the debate argued over the religious basis of sati and the fine points of scriptural interpretation, the testimonials of women at the funeral colonal consistently addressed the material hardships and societal expectations attached to widowhood. Describe the connection issue.

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Her meticulous reading of contemporary texts. Physical description xiv, p.

Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. The most prominent of the four, the Circular ofdistinguished “legal” from “illegal” sati based on specific and contradictory interpretations of Hindu scripture. Sati, or “suttee” as it was spelled by Westerners, refers most commonly to dehate widow who immolates herself on her husband’s funeral pyre, as well as to the contrntious itself. Though the prohibition of widow burning in was heralded as a key step forward for women’s emancipation in modern India, Lata Mani argues that the women who were burned were marginal to the debate and that the controversy was over definitions of Hindu tradition, the place of ritual in religious worship, the civilizing missions of colonialism and evangelism, and the proper role of satii colonial state.

The debate normalized the violence of sati and supported the misconception that it was a voluntary act of wifely devotion.

Between the first recorded colonial discussion of sati in and its abolition inthe EIC promulgated four circulars on the practice. Disciplines Anthropology Cultural Anthropology Asian.

These three “publics” represent the discursive elements in the formation of colonial discourse on sati.