Jodhpur Fort: handprints of women who commited sati

#1 Dec 10th, 2008, 19:14
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Hi everybody

I have a question about the handprints of wives who committed sati, that I saw in Jodhpur fort. Is it a real-size handprint? The hands seems to be very small, half a size of my palm so this is why I have doubts whether it's just a symbolic monument or a actual one to one size handprint.
Even knowing that the people were smaller ages ago than now...

thanks for the answer.
#2 Dec 10th, 2008, 22:40
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Whether the handprints are real or symbolic I don't know. Given the location I'm not so sure they are for real. I do know though that Indian people even nowadays can be very very small .


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#3 Dec 11th, 2008, 00:54
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I second the small comment. My mother-in-law's feet are definitely not any larger then my sister (who is American) and she is in 3rd grade. Also, Rajastan is well known for child marriages. But if they had committed sati how would anyone be able to get their handprint? My guess is that it is symbolic.
#4 Dec 11th, 2008, 01:58
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The ones you see are carved. When the woman make them they are in red dye.


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#5 Apr 20th, 2009, 22:54
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I noticed that too when I was in Jodhpur. It bothered me when they refered to these relief sculptures as "handprints". They are obviously not handprints, as they are protruding, not imprinted. Also they are definitely not casted from real handprints, unless all the wives had very misshapen hands with completely flat palms and very high thumbs. Also they wouldn't likely have pressed their wrist and arm into the clay, as shown on these sculptures.
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#6 Apr 20th, 2009, 23:12
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They are symbolic.....

In Indian Villages, you can still see red colored palm prints on both sides of the door....

These are considered a deterrent to the evil spirits, as Satis were considered very powerful entities.

Originally Posted by JMurray View Post I noticed that too when I was in Jodhpur. It bothered me when they refered to these relief sculptures as "handprints". They are obviously not handprints, as they are protruding, not imprinted
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#7 Jun 3rd, 2009, 13:03
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interesting video on Sati's i found on you tube.

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