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No ,I think that if a clan chief was killed in battle his body was placed inside a viking ship and it was ceremonially burnt. This might not always be the case since there are viking boat burials in the sandy soil of Sutton Hoo in Suffolk England discovered just before WW2.

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In battle, the ancient Greeks established a well-deserved reputation for bravery, discipline, and determination. They were successful because they were well trained, well lead, and most of all, well motivated. The Greeks were master motivators who understood how to instill commitment and prepare their soldiers for victory. To infuse their army with a spirit of commitment, the moment they landed on the enemy's shore, the Greek commanders would give the order to "burn the boats." Imagine the tremendous psychological impact on the soldiers as they watched their boats being set to the torch. There was no turning back. Once their boats were burned, they realized that the only way they were going home was through victory.

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