…the candle by a sharp expiration of breath upon its flame, drew two spoonseat deal chairs to the hearthstone, one for Stephen with its back to the area window, the other for himself when necessary, knelt on one knee, composed in the grate a pyre of crosslaid resintipped sticks and various coloured papers and irregular polygons of best Abram coal at twentyone shillings a ton from the yard of Messrs Flower and M’Donald of 14 D’Olier street, kindled it at three projecting points of paper…
(From the suttee pyre the flame of gum camphire ascends.
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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.