The Origin of Leaving Coins on Soldiers' Tombstones (12 Pics)
Posted on Jun 20, 2016
You might have noticed the tradition of leaving coins on military tombstones, but have you ever wondered where that tradition came from or what those coins represent? Here are some things you need to know about this.
1. Charon's Obol
According to an ancient Greek myth, souls of the deceased needed to pay Charon the ferryman a toll to cross over the underworld river Styx and then enter the afterlife. For that to happen, they would put coins in the mouths of the deceased.