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winding sheet

a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; shroud
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The piece opens with a stage full of white-shrouded bodies, and, as Mercury sings, "It's a Beautiful Day," they stir and then dance, draping their winding sheets about them.
It all began, he said, with Robert Haynes, who was whipped in 1614 for digging up the bodies of three men and a woman, stealing their winding sheets, and re-burying them.