Funeral pile


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a structure of combustible material, upon which a dead body is placed to be reduced to ashes, as part of a funeral rite; a pyre.

See also: Funeral

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For him, then did the people of the Geats prepare upon the earth a funeral pile, strong, hung round with helmets, with war boards and bright byrnies as he had requested.
They wanted to burn the condemned, and his house was to serve as a funeral pile.
And on the twelfth day, as he was lying on the funeral pile, he returned to life and told them what he had seen in the other world.
I shall quit your vessel on the ice raft which brought me thither and shall seek the most northern extremity of the globe; I shall collect my funeral pile and consume to ashes this miserable frame, that its remains may afford no light to any curious and unhallowed wretch who would create such another as I have been.