There was a silly damn bird called a Phoenix back before Christ: every few hundred years he built a pyre and burned himself up.
We know all the damn silly things we’ve done for a thousand years, and as long as we know that and always have it around where we can see it, some day we’ll stop making the goddam funeral pyres and jumping into the middle of them.
There are no more uses of "pyre" in the book.
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In 1829 India banned the Hindu custom of a widow’s suicide on her husband’s funeral pyre.
While cremation is not uncommon in the western world, open air funeral pyres are typically illegal.