Charon


 

Charon was the ferryman who rowed the dead across the River Styx into the underworld. He could be recognized by his hooded cloak, white beard and blazing eyes. The Greeks buried their dead with one obol (an obol was an ancient Greek coin) in their mouth to pay this fierce, bad-tempered and miserly old man.


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