Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Eternal Embrace Couple - Widow Sacrifice?

For the past week I’ve been keeping up-to-date on the unfolding story of the skeletal couple that was found at a construction site in Italy. Archeologists don’t know the story of this couple, yet, and it is very likely they never will, but they did release a statement saying that in some instances during that time period, following the death of the husband the wife would be sacrificed and buried with him. They are not saying that is what happened in this case; it’s just another hypothesis. For more information, read http://tinyurl.com/yu2dsu

This sacrificial act is not isolated to this region and time period. In some places in India, since at least the fourth century B.C.E., sati, or “widow-burning” had taken place at the funeral of the husband, all the way up until 1988 when the federal government issued the Sati Commission Act.


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