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  • As the chains were wound over their body at the stake, and a flame set to the pyre,
  • They brought the Transgressor out into the square and they led them to the pyre.
  • They walked to the pyre, and their step did not falter.
  • But the flames rose and we could not guess the word…… What—even if we have to burn for it like the Saint of the Pyre—what is the Unspeakable Word?
  • The Saint of the pyre had seen the future when he chose me as his heir, as the heir of all the saints and all the martyrs who came before him and who died for the same cause, for the same word, no matter what name they gave to their cause and their truth.

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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.

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