…that the labour and hazard of an investigation — of which the smallest results have been slowly pieced together, in the pressure of arduous avocations, under grinding penurious apprehensions, at rise of morn, at dewy eve, in the shadows of night, under the watchful eye of one whom it were superfluous to call Demon — combined with the struggle of parental Poverty to turn it, when completed, to the right account, may be as the sprinkling of a few drops of sweet water on my funeral pyre.
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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.