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The practice was particularly prevalent among some Hindu communities, and Vietnam.
Yule and Burnell also compiled a few dozen excerpts of historical descriptions of sati, the first being of Ceteus (or Keteus) mentioned above in 317 BC, and then a few before the 9th century AD, where the widow of a king had the choice to burn with him or abstain.
Most of the compiled list on sati, by Yule and Burnell, date from 1200 AD through the 1870s AD.
The sacrifice of widow(s) or a great man's retainers at his death is attested in various Indo-European cultures outside of India.
Modern historians believe Diodorus's source for this episode was the eyewitness account of the now lost historian Hieronymus of Cardia.
Hieronymus' explanation of the origin of sati appears to be his own composite, created from a variety of Indian traditions and practices to form a moral lesson upholding traditional Greek values.