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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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!
Beasts like 'Teggie' - the nation's answer to the Loch Ness Monster, and ghoulish phenomena such as 'corpse candles' will feature in a new ITV1 Wales programme Celtic Monsters.
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.
A parlour where people laid their dead in silver-handled coffins; where the corpse candles burned in tall, brassbased holders.