The term Charon's obol is often used to refer to the ritual or religious significance of coinage in a funerary context. It refers to the fee paid to the ferryman Charon for passage to the Underworld in Greek and Roman mythology. In Latin, Charon's obol is sometimes called a viaticum, or "sustenance for the journey." The placement of the coin on the mouth has been explained as a seal to protect the soul of the deceased, or to prevent it from returning.

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Higgledy-Piggledy
Obol for Charon was
Token in payment for
Passage to Hell;
Romans would place it with
Osculum-stopper-like
Notion that souls would then
Stay there as well.


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