In the 19th century, the region that constitutes most of the present day Rajasthan was called as Rajputana by the British. There stories and poems written about the heroics of the Rajputs. Women also figure in the Rajputana stories. Sometimes, they figure as the cause for conflicts, as men fought with one another to either win or protect women. Women are also depicted as following their heroic husbands in both life and death there are stories about the practice of sati or the immolation of widows on the funeral pyre of their husbands.