will-o'-the-wisp

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Synonyms for will-o'-the-wisp

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a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground

an illusion that misleads

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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.