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Sati funeral practice, 17th century

Sati funeral practice, 17th century

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Sati funeral practice. She is throwing herself onto her dead husband's funeral pyre. This scene was observed in Bali during a Dutch voyage to the East Indies (Indonesia). Artwork from 'Rerum et urbis Amstelodamensium historia' (1611) a history of Amsterdam by Dutch-Danish royal historiographer Johannes Isacius Pontanus (1571-1639). This book includes descriptions of the first Dutch voyage to the East Indies in 1595 by Cornelis de Houtman, who wrote about this practice in 1597.

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