Where does the term “lich gate” come from and What does lich gate mean?

Our remote forebears went all out at a burial, and this is just one of the reminders.

The lich (rhymes with rich) was the corpse, borne from house to churchyard.

It was carried over a lich way or path to the solemn sound of a lich bell, and at the lich gate, or roofed entrance to the churchyard, the coffin was placed upon a lich stone to await the arrival of the clergyman, and was then finally carried to the lich rest or grave.

where does the term lich gate come from and what does lich gate mean scaled

Previous to death, perhaps, a lich owl may have shrieked its ominous prophecy.

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