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In 1829 India banned the Hindu custom of a widow’s suicide on her husband’s funeral pyre.
  a pile of wood or other combustibles — especially to burn a dead body as in a funeral rite
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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.
  • As the chains were wound over their body at the stake, and a flame set to the pyre,
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • The bodies were burning on orderlg rows of pyres that had been set up along the road to Brocelind Forest.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • Outside the tent, the red smoke of funeral pyres.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The pyre can be seen for miles, if there are any eyes to see it.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Bog gases flared up in green pyres in the distance, as if in sympathy with Emma’s light.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • When they were gone, the albino came out, pulled the cups from the corpse, decided to burn the body on the garbage pyre back behind the castle.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • He wept as he told us that he literally had to reach down into the graves, lift out and carry the decomposing bodies to the burning pyres.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box

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  • H is for hydrogen, a weight of one;
    When fission’s split, as brightly lit
    As hot as any sun.
    He is for helium, a weight of two;
    The noble gas, the ghostly pass
    That lifts the world anew.
    Li is for lithium, a weight of three;
    A funeral pyre, when touched with fire—
    And deadly sleep for me.
    Be is for beryllium, a weight of four ….
    —From the Elemental Prayers
    ("Prayer and Study," The Book of Shhh)
    During the summers I have to help my uncle at the Stop-N-Save on Mondays,…
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • But there was no vindictiveness in this pronouncement, any more than there was in the remarks Lotte made when—short of breath one morning, panting and pausing with Sophie on the first-floor landing as they ascended to their labors—she sniffed that ambient odor of the Birkenau funeral pyre and murmured that those Jews deserved it.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We will burn him on a pyre until he is only golden bones.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • There was a silly damn bird called a Phoenix back before Christ: every few hundred years he built a pyre and burned himself up.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • She was taken to a pyre where she was wound in a sheet and placed up on a platform built from sticks.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I did what I had to to protect my own, and in the end I gave them more than they ever deserved: the funeral pyre awarded only to the greatest warriors of the Clave!
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • : He lit the funeral pyre in the middle of the amphitheater, and within seconds the row of.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • It has an unspeakable, wild, Hindoo odor about it, such as may lurk in the vicinity of funereal pyres.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She stared at the hearth like it was her own funeral pyre.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • In an instant the whole creature was in flames, a prancing, writhing pyre on the snow.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • At this moment Sir Francis and the guide seized Phileas Fogg, who, in an instant of mad generosity, was about to rush upon the pyre.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Suppose we’re next to find ourselves on a pyre?
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • If Francisco had wanted a worthy funeral pyre for d’Anconia Copper, she thought, he —had succeeded.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Dead center of the sanctuary, beneath the main cupola, wooden pews had been stacked high and were now ablaze in some sort of epic funeral pyre.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I had no desire to see the faces of the vampires they had executed, half afraid that I might recognize someone in the smoldering pyres.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • 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.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A few miles to the south, a swirling pyre of flames and black smoke was all that remained of the Zhang family mansion.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • He lies slain by the coward hounds He raised to glory from the mire; And Erin’s hopes and Erin’s dreams Perish upon her monarch’s pyre.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • In India, when a man dies he is burned, instead of buried, and his wife always climbs on the funeral pyre and is burned with him.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Eragon ran a hand over his face and looked up at the stars showing through Farthen Dur’s distant top, which were smudged with sooty smoke from the pyre.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It caught at once; long tongues of orange fire licked rapidly across the pyre.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • We others cut down timber on the foreland, on a high point, and built his pyre of logs, then stood by weeping while the flame burnt through corse and equipment.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • And I found the remains of my father in the funeral pyre.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Not yet will my people be desolate, nor the pyre be lit in my house and my dwelling burnt on the fire.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Then laved with lustral waves the mangled corse, Laid it on fresh-lopped branches, lit a pyre, And to his memory piled a mighty mound Of mother earth.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • They throw up a mound for the funeral pyre, for whatever arms or legs or heads my haste has left behind.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • When the bodies were finally collected, they were burned in tall pyres like Hindus on the Ganges.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • The maneuver did not succeed as well as she expected, however, for though just in the act of setting fire to a funeral pyre, the Professor dropped his torch, metaphorically speaking, and made a dive after the little blue ball.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Jocelyn had her head turned aside, away from the burning pyre.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • And I? I will go now to my pyre.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Peter, meanwhile, had fanned the fire into a blazing pyre of yacca.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • "My Master," I replied, "by hearing thee am I more certain, but already I deemed that it was so, and already I wished to say to thee, Who is in that fire that cometh so divided at its top that it seems to rise from the pyre on which Eteocles was put with his brother?"
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The corpse detail carried the bodies to a clearing outside, placed them on pyres of wood from ruined houses, burned them, put some of the ashes in envelopes intended for exposed X-ray plates, marked the envelopes with the names of the deceased, and piled them, neatly and respectfully, in stacks in the main office.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • A little distance from the pyre, there are two stacks of wood.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Pack animals were his target first, and dogs, but soldiers, too, soon felt transfixing pain from his hard shots, and pyres burned night and day.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The house was a funeral pyre.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • A thin warm rain was falling on the new scrubby woods and underbrush and they passed great funeral pyres of sorted duds, shells, bombs, grenades, and equipment, helmets, bayonets, gun stocks and rotten leather, abandoned six years in the ground.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I’ve been thinking we might make the brushwood into a pyre and burn his body—and those other things.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • They were there to see pyres and flaming wheels, thousands of flags dipped in salute, thousands of uniformed mourners.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • I could not avoid the thought, which came from my own uneasy conscience, harsh and bitter, as I watched them lift her up, light as dust, on to the bier; as mourners came with flowers, as oil and camphor were laid unstinted on the pyre, as rosewater and sandalwood paste were sprinkled on her corpse.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
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