Charon in Wikipedia

In Greek mythology, Charon or Kharon (pronounced /ˈkɛrɒn, ˈkɛrən/; Greek Χάρων) is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. A coin to pay Charon for passage, usually an obolus or danake, was sometimes placed in or on the mouth of a dead person.[1] Some authors say that those who could not pay the fee, or those whose bodies were left unburied, had to wander the shores for one hundred years. In the catabasis mytheme, heroes - such as Heracles, Orpheus, Aeneas, Dionysus and Psyche - journey to the underworld and return, still alive, conveyed by the boat of Charon...

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Charon in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology

(Χάρων), a son of Erebos, the aged and dirty ferryman in the lower world, who conveyed in his boat the shades of the dead-- though only of those whose bodies were buried--across the rivers of the lower world. (Verg. A. 6.295, &c.; Senec. Herc. Fur. 764.) For this service he was paid by each shade with an obolus or danace, which coin was placed in the mouth of every dead body previous to its burial. This notion of Charon seems to be of late origin, for it does not occur in any of the early poets of Greece. (Paus. 10.28.1; Juv. 3.267; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1666.) Charon was represented in the Lesche of Delphi by Polygnotus. - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

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