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River Styx
 

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The River Styx
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No one knows much about the River Styx, no one alive that is. This was a special river. To the ancient Greeks, the River Styx separated the world of the living from the world of the dead. 

When your soul got to the river, a boatman named Charon would give you a ride. But the ride was not free. If your family had not buried you with a coin to use as payment, you were stuck. Some souls tried to cross the River Styx without a coin. Some made it. Some didn't. 

For those souls who made it to the other side, they had little to do except wait to be reborn into a new body. They would not remember their prior life. They would start over as an infant. So, unlike the ancient Egyptians, the ancient Greeks didn't spend a lot of time planning for their afterlife because they did not expect to be there very long. 

According to Greek mythology, some people were shocked to discover that they would be stuck there for some time, in some cases, forever. Some souls were sent to the Underworld as punishment. And for others, it seemed to take quite a while to find just the right body. So the Underworld was not packed, but it was populated. 


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Story of the River Styx loosely retold by Lin Donn
   Clip Art Credit: Phillip Martin
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