|Cheron, The Ferryman to the Underworld|
Those who could not afford the passage were not admitted by Charon. The dead were doomed to wander the banks of the Styx for a hundred years. Living persons who wished to go to the underworld need a golden bough obtained from the Cumaean Sibyl, who was the Greek guide to Hades (Hell or the Underworld).
This custom is believed to have begun for cosmetic reasons. When a person died, in a short time their eyes would sink far back into their head as dehydration was a factor. This caused an appearance that people found disturbing.
Placing coins over the eye sockets covered the eyes and made the visage less unpleasant for the bereaved. Today, plastic fillers are used behind the eyelids to eliminate this effect, and eyes are glued shut by the mortician.