These handprints represent women who comitted Sati (alternatively, suttee), “a funeral practice among some Hindu communities in which a recently-widowed woman would either voluntarily or by use of force and coercion immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.”
The Monkey King Vali's Funeral Pyre Date:ca. 1780 Culture:India (Himachal Pradesh, Kangra). Smoke rises from the funerary pyre of the monkey king Vali, who was murdered by his brother and rival, Sugriva, with the help of Rama. At the upper left, Sugriva approaches Rama, seated in a cave, who affirms his standing as king of the monkeys
STAR GATES: 400 AD. Detail of a panel showing the apotheosis (deification) of a wealthy pagan. Is it a Star Gate? Here a god drivers upwards from the funeral pyre. The eagles represent souls ascending. The large figure on the right is the deceased, possibly Quintus Aureius Symmachus.