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15 April 2016

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Thanks for all your comments, Stanley, Joe, Michael, Marcus and Peter. Follow this story in the next segment and the one after that.

Don't forget the ancient Indian ritual killing known as Sati (or Suttee) where a widow immolated herself on her husband's pyre, or committed suicide in another fashion shortly after her husband's death., although it wasn't until 1920 that it was banned in Nepal.

It dated back to the 4th century BC and also spread to Indonesia and Vietnam. There were claimed to be up to 600 cases per year until it was outlawed by Queen Victoria in 1861.

The Indian Sati Prevention Act from 1988 further criminalised any type of aiding, abetting, and glorifying of sati.

Also on the death of a King the ritual killing of anyone who was close to him was fairly common in ancient societies. They provided companions for the afterlife, Genghis Kahn being an example.

In fact on his burial the guards killed anyone who was even watching, and then those who buried him were killed by the guards, who were in turned killed by other guards in order to keep the location secret.

And don't think Christians get off scot free. Abraham was ordered by God to sacrifice his son Isaac to prove his faith. Explain that one!

Nice article and thank you for sharing. This practice was not unique to the Miok tribe. Sacrificial killings was as old as humanity. Even today, gender preferential killings (ie boys over girls) is happening in some parts of the world even today.

Beautifully told. Just for a moment I thought I was listening to my own old man recite one of those stories that I never got tired of listening.

So, there were not many gentlemen among the ancient Mioks, I suppose...

Interesting story and thank you for the capture.

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