very soul shall taste death, of that there is no doubt, as it is an important facet and the final step of having lived and been part of the human condition. Death's effect on the value of our life, and what happens after we die, will not be known until we actually experience it for ourself. Death is inevitable and the final stage of our earthly existence before we are forced to face the menacing unknown. It’s that unknown that has haunted humans, in every culture, in every religion, and on every continent as far back as 60,000 BC. How we prepare ourselves for the unavoidable arrival of death is what sets us apart for the most essential part of our human experience. Albeit, that while the significance of dying is quite universal, reactions to it vary significantly between cultures, religions, and time. Nevertheless, through death we will all pass into the final stage of our life alone. The rituals of burial performed after our death however, are more for the living than the dead, and those rites are determined by the societies in which we live. Thus allowing closure to our human existence to our survivors. How the living deal with our post-mortum memory, is an unknown, whether it’s eternal damnation or celestial bliss. And there are those with the inherent fear that our demise will signal an end of who we were and our soul will go into total oblivion, but this too is part of the human condition of belief. he ferryman of the Underworld river. Charon's only duty was to ferry the shades across the Underworld river of Styx. Charon was an immortal spirit often depicted as a skeleton in robes. Charon required only fare of one coin (obol) from each shade, to ferry the dead across. It was Greek custom to put a coin in the dead persons mouth, before burial. Then later over both eyes; in case they were merely asleep. Others who couldn't pay, would wander as restless spirits for one hundred years before they were allowed across. Normally Charon would allow the livings to cross. Psyche paid Charon to ferry her across Styx, as did Theseus and Peirithoüs. Heracles got away from paying Charon, by threatening the ferryman. Orpheus had also got a free ride, because of his enchanting music and voice. The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011