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I have often wondered what the meaning of the word Tophet-flare in Kipling’s Kim Chapter 1 means? The quotation is
'Oh ye who tread the Narrow Way
By Tophet-flare to Judgment Day,
Be gentle when the heathen pray
To Buddha at Kamakura!’
Tophet-flare does not appear in the online OED as a derivative and it is not quoted in any of the meanings.
I would be most grateful for any enlightenment. Thanks for any help.