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The first woman known as Sati was the consort of Lord Shiva. She burnt herself in fire as protest against her father who did not give her consort Shiva the respect she thought he deserved, while burning herself she prayed to reborn again as the new consort of Shiva, which she became and her name in the new incarnation was Parvati.
Suttee was sometimes voluntarily, but cases of compulsion, escape, and rescue happened, escaping was badd.. In Bengal women were encouraged to commit suttee in order to make their inheritance available to other relatives.
Representation of a Hindu woman about to lie into the flames of her husband's funeral pyre. Those who sacrificed themselves in this way were called satis, Sanskrit word for "a good woman."
Sati is the burning to death of a widow on her husband's funeral practiced by the Hindus. Now it is outlawed and illegal in India, yet it occurs up to the present day.