chris asked in Education & ReferenceTrivia · 1 decade ago

COINS IN THE EYES OF THE DECEAED?

BACK IN THE 1800"S EARLY 1900;S

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  • 1 decade ago
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    This custom is very ancient. In pre-Christian times pagans(Greeks) used to place the coins with the deceased as payment for Charon, the boatman of the Underworld, who ferried souls across the river Styx to the land of the dead.

  • I don't actually know what you are asking, but...

    The placement of coins in the eyes of the deceased was originally used by a number of nations, including Greece and Rome (then the Roman Empire), to pay Charon to ferry the dead across the River Styx.

    Could you perhaps be a little more specific about what you want to know?

  • 1 decade ago

    People buried their dead with two coins covering their eyes because they believed the dead would need them to pay the fare to Charon to ferry them across the River Styx into the underworld. It has to do with greek mythology. Here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Viaticum

    However, I'm not sure about the dates of that practice.

  • 1 decade ago

    In mythology, there is a fellow named Charon on the banks of the river Styx. Those who die must reach the other side of the river. Charon has a boat to take the dead to the other side, but, you must pay Charon to get to the other side in his boat. So, coins to pay Charon were often placed on the shut eyes of the dead.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It was a common tradition so the deceased could afford the cost of the ferry ride across the river Styx. Without that fair, they would be forced to exist between the world of the living and dead, doomed for eternity to wander without the light of Christ.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    No, but it was customary for quite some time...also to prevent the eyes from opening. Staring into the eyes of the departed often disturbs people. Would be terrible if you have to pay a cover charge to get into Hell, no? Yams...mouth in Greece, under the tongue. eyes in other parts of the world.

  • amy02
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    They were put on the closed eyes of the deceased so that, when rigor mortis set in, the eyes would remain closed.

    Source(s): My dad's explanation of the lyrics to "Winnisboro Cotton Mill Blues."
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They believe in Greece and other cultures that the deceased person will need to pay the ferryman who will transport them to the other side.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    to pay their way to heaven, to give to the "gods" as a token gift

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What is deceaed ?

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