Burning-ghat



a platform at the top of a riverside ghat where Hindus cremate their dead.
Historical Examples

Life’s Handicap Rudyard Kipling
Kim Rudyard Kipling
Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield

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