IMPERIUMDAILY.COM-BALI – This monstrous tradition is once practiced in Java and Bali. The name of the tradition is Sati. Sati is the practice of burning a woman to show her love for her deceased husband or leader.
Quoted from historia.id, this ancient tradition is usually performed by wives or concubines and the most loyal servants of the king/nobles. They swear: “In death we will go with you.”
Then the cremation ceremony was held. Tall wooden buildings were erected and heaped firewood. After that the coffin was put in when the fire started to expand. When the fire blazed, his wife/concubine along with two or three servants who had sworn began to climb up the building, dance and get around, waiting for the right time, then throw themselves into the flames and burn with their lord.
That is one of the descriptions recorded by Ma Huan, a member of Cheng Ho’s expedition to Java between 1413 and 1415. Ma Huan visited Majapahit and witnessed the cremation ceremony.
The ritual of female self-sacrifice is not only done in Java but also in Bali. He also performed in many cultures, especially India.
According to AS Kobalen, a lecturer in Hindu Philosophy, Sati has a separate space in the mind of Hindu society. Sati refers to the figure of Daksyani in the book Siva Purana, which belongs to the Purana, a collection of books containing religious stories and teachings written approximately 300 years BC to the 4th century BC.
In Siva Purana, it is said that Daksayani was willing to end her life to make up for the humiliation of her husband, Siva. The insult was carried out by Daksa, the king who was also Daksayani’s father.
“Daksayani’s actions are the embodiment of Sati. She has taken her satya, for the whole life with her husband,” said Kobalen.
In the context of husband and wife, satya wacana (true and faithful, one of the five satya in Hinduism) is said by the bride to the bridegroom at the wedding ceremony before the fire as a manifestation of Hyang Agni.
With that oath, the woman sincerely accepts swami (husband) as a teacher or god. No wonder the practice of Sati is glorified as a symbol of highest loyalty.
However, because this tradition is considered inhumane, it is then prohibited. (aka)