funeral pyre


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Noun1.funeral pyre - wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral ritefuneral pyre - wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite
cumulation, heap, pile, agglomerate, cumulus, mound - a collection of objects laid on top of each other
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This could only be determined at the moment and the place themselves; but it was certain that the abduction must be made that night, and not when, at break of day, the victim was led to her funeral pyre.
The sight was awe-inspiring in the extreme as one contemplated this mighty floating funeral pyre, drifting unguided and unmanned through the lonely wastes of the Martian heavens; a derelict of death and destruction, typifying the life story of these strange and ferocious creatures into whose unfriendly hands fate had carried it.
If you dare send an arrow at Menelaus you will win honour and thanks from all the Trojans, and especially from prince Alexandrus--he would be the first to requite you very handsomely if he could see Menelaus mount his funeral pyre, slain by an arrow from your hand.
They cry aloud for the Princess of Helium and swear to leave Manator a blazing funeral pyre consuming the bodies of all our people.
The funeral pyre of Brighton is still blazing, and there is a very distant patch of scarlet in the western sky, which may mean trouble at Arundel or Chichester, possibly even at Portsmouth.
The maneuver did not succeed as well as she expected, however, for though just in the act of setting fire to a funeral pyre, the Professor dropped his torch, metaphorically speaking, and made a dive after the little blue ball.
A better man than me once said that it was akin to a nation building its own funeral pyre.
The van carried nine men, all of whom were members of Early Graves and another California band, Funeral Pyre, police said.
A HINDU spiritual healer yesterday won a court battle for the right to be cremated on a traditional funeral pyre.
Summary: A devout Hindu has lost his High Court bid to be cremated on a traditional open-air funeral pyre.
A DEVOUT Hindu fighting for the legal right to be cremated on an open-air funeral pyre told the High Court yesterday laws stopping the religious ceremony were a breach of his human rights.
Here you can plan your nal party in as much detail as you want, and decide whether you want to be buried or cremated, at sea or inland, or even a funeral pyre on the banks of the Ganges.