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Suttee   Listen
noun
Suttee  n.  
1.
A Hindoo widow who immolates herself, or is immolated, on the funeral pile of her husband; so called because this act of self-immolation is regarded as envincing excellence of wifely character. (India)
2.
The act of burning a widow on the funeral pile of her husband. (India) Note: The practice, though abolished in British India law in 1829, is not wholly prevented.






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... which so absorb the being and soul that physical terrors or tortures are unnoticed. Tamsen Donner's mind was passing through such an ordeal. The fires of Moloch, the dreadful suttee, were sacrifices which long religious education sanctioned, and in which the devotees perished amidst the plaudits of admiring multitudes. This woman had chosen a death of solitude, of hunger, of bitter cold, of pain-racked exhaustion, and was actuated by only the pure principles ...
— History of the Donner Party • C.F. McGlashan



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