will-o'-the-wisp

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will-o'-the-wisp

(wĭl′ə-thə-wĭsp′)
n.
1. See ignis fatuus.
2. A delusive or misleading hope.
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There are even stories of the Corpse Candle emerging from a sleeping person's mouth before heading to the burial ground -and then it was known that that person would soon be sleeping his final sleep
Phantom funerals and corpse candles are also prominent in Welsh folklore and mythology, and the sea-monster of Pembroke Dock was seen by several witnesses.
Once strongly believed in in Wales were Corpse Candles (Cannwyllau Corff), supernatural lights said to appear in the homes of the dying or be seen floating down country lanes at night, making their way to the parish burial ground along the same route subsequently taken by a funeral.