There were parachutes, one, two, three… four, and then the plane gyrated into a spin and fell the rest of the way to the ground, fluttering insensibly inside its vivid pyre like a shred of colored tissue paper.
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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.