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A character in the Ramayana. Sita is the daughter of Janaka. When Rama is exiled from his kingdom and sent into the forest for fourteen years, she follows him. In the thirteenth year she is kidnapped by the demon named Ravana. After Rama rescues her and they return to his kingdom she is exiled for her "tryst" with Ravana.

I would have to disagree with the write up below, Hanuman and not "bad spirits" deliver Rama's ring to Sita, and it is a message that Rama is searching for her. The traditions of the ramayana are many and varied. Some include Rama asking for Sita's execution upon exile, some say that she is the daughter of Ravana. In one ramayana, she kills a second, even-scarier Ravana after Rama has slain the first and fainted from the terror of the new beast. She is often portrayed as the embodiment of Lakshmi.

She is held up as the ideal woman, Sita is kind, obedient and faithful.
In some ramayanas she does "kill herself" but as a proof of her chastity. Rama asks for a sign that she did nothing with Ravana during the months she was with him, and she asks that the Earth swallow her whole if she is telling the truth and she was faithful to Rama. Mother Earth obliges.

Every Hindu diety embodies traits that can be found in human life; their religion and its icons both reflect and determine the society in which they live. Some goddesses represent various ideals like culture, nature, voice, learning, demonic power, etc. Sita, probably the most well known and revered Hindu goddess, is known for embodying all of the traditional qualities of the ideal woman and wife.
In a male-dominated culture, a woman is expected to be docile, obedient, ever-faithful and ever-loyal to her man. Sita displayes all of these virtures in the extremely pertinent, tragic and well-known Ramayana (Rama and Sita story).
While she is held captive by the evil and lustful king Ravana she spends years pining away for Rama, even though the king's bad spirits deliver her Rama's gold ring to indicate that he has either died or no longer wants her. When Sita is finally released, Rama will not believe her desperate pleas that she had no sexual encounters with her captor. When he exiles her, she obediently leaves and later kills herself. It is only after she is gone that Rama realizes his mistake and is regretful.
Unbelievably, a very central theme and moral to this story is that Sita was the ideal wife and that Hindu women should strive to be like her.

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