Self immolation was widespread until the 1800’s, and still occurs today.But as an act of political protest, self-immolation in the 20th century reached new heights.The act of self-immolation not only triggered the political crisis in Tunisia, which ousted the president on January 14, 2011, it has led to a series of protests and overthrown governments in the Middle East.It also inspired copycat self-immolations across North Africa.The goddess Sati, also known as Dakshayani, is a Hindu goddess of marital felicity and longevity; she is worshipped particularly by Hindu women who seek the long life of their husbands.Sati is said to have self-immolated because she was unable to bear her father, Daksha’s, humiliation of her husband, Shiva.Because these acts almost always take place in public areas, many self-immolations have appeared on other lists, including Top Ten People Who Committed Suicide in Public, here at Listverse.This list includes no self-immolators from that previous Listverse list. The government or country in which a person lives is usually the target of protest for many self immolations.
An ecstatic Sati returned to her father’s home to await her bridegroom, but found her father less than elated by the turn of events.
The Tunisian man, an unemployed college graduate with children to feed, had tried to find work hawking vegetables, but was thwarted by police, who insulted him and confiscated his cart.
His appeals of protest were ignored so, in a grisly act of protest and anguish, Bouazizi doused himself in gasoline and set himself ablaze.
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The act of self –immolation, or setting oneself on fire, has been around since ancient times.